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Specializations

As an MSJ student, you will select a specialization area that matches your career goals and interests. In addition to foundational MSJ courses, you will take classes specific to your specialization. All students select a specialization, and you will indicate which specialization you want to pursue on your application.

Some specializations start in summer and others start in fall.

Summer Start Specializations

Health, Environment and Science

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Health, Environment and Science

Follow your passion for medicine, healthcare, science and the environment as you pursue stories anywhere in the world, from medical research labs to environmental hot spots.

Learn about Health, Environment and Science

Media Innovation and Content Strategy

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Media Innovation and Content Strategy

Combine your love of journalism with your entrepreneurial spirit and learn how to lead, launch or build digital media businesses.

Learn about Media Innovation and Content Strategy

Medill Investigative Lab

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Medill Investigative Lab

Work side-by-side with veteran journalists on investigations of national importance. The investigative skills you learn in this specialization will serve you well in your career no matter what area of journalism you pursue.

Learn about the Medill Investigative Lab

Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs

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Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs

Learn to cover politics and policy and the latest in foreign affairs as a credentialed reporter in the nation’s capital.

Learn about Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs

Fall Start Specializations

Magazine

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Magazine

Learn how print and digital magazine content is assembled and published. Write, edit and conceptualize stories and gain an understanding of strong narrative storytelling.

Learn about Magazine

Social Justice

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Social Justice

Use your journalism skills to shine light on injustice and inequality. Learn how to make a difference in the lives of those who are disenfranchised, vulnerable or oppressed.

Learn about Social Justice

Sports Media

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Sports Media

Go beyond game coverage by learning to tackle commentaries, profiles and analyses that sports fans love. Your training will take you onto the field and behind the scenes at sporting events.

Learn about Sports Media

Video and Broadcast

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Video and Broadcast

Develop your skills in areas such as TV news, video storytelling and documentary. Use our state-of-the-art video equipment and studios to hone your craft.

Learn about Video and Broadcast

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