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The MSJ Media Innovation and Content Strategy curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the principles of modern journalism as well as in-depth subject area knowledge of how to develop and launch digital media businesses. You’ll also have an opportunity to take a few additional elective courses that match your interests and career goals.

In addition to coursework, the MSJ program offers a variety of experiences that enable you to travel, gain additional skills, meet alumni and industry professionals, and plan for post-graduation.

We often add new courses and revise course content to remain at the forefront of the rapidly changing journalism and media landscape. As such, our courses are subject to change.

Quarter Overview

Quarter 1 - Chicago (summer)

Quarter 2 - Chicago/Evanston (fall)

Quarter 3 - Chicago (winter)

  • Develop a media product. In a new course for 2022, MICS students will prototype a publication or media product based on research done in the previous quarter.
  • Take one or more elective courses:
  • Engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 4 - San Francisco (spring)

  • Spend the quarter in San Francisco at Northwestern's campus there. You’ll take two or three classroom courses that take advantage of the Bay Area’s unique role as the world’s center of technology innovation.
  • Course offerings include Mobile Web Development for Media and other topics, such as media product management and social media strategy.
  • Two days a week, you will have an internship at a Bay Area company, giving you a chance to learn from people doing cutting-edge work in media or technology.
  • Continue to engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Medill Explores (Quarter 2 or Quarter 3)

In either your second or third quarter, Medill will offer the Medill Explores course that includes a week of travel. Learn about different cultures and report from a new location.