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The Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the principles of modern journalism as well as in-depth subject area knowledge on political and policy topics. 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 to different cities and countries, 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)

In Evanston/Chicago

Quarter 2 - Washington, D.C. (fall)

Quarter 3 - Washington, D.C. (winter)

Quarter 4 - Washington, D.C. (spring)

  • Finish the MSJ program by completing a National Security Reporting Project or the Political Reporting Project with partners such as the Center for Public Integrity, The Washington Post, USA Today or others.
  • Take specialization-specific courses:
  • Continue to engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Optional Quarter 5 (summer)