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Curriculum

The MSJ Social Justice and Investigative Reporting curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the principles of modern journalism as well as in-depth subject area knowledge in reporting on social justice issues and conducting investigative reporting. 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.

Summer Start Quarter Overview

Quarter 1 (summer)

Quarter 2 (fall)

Quarter 3 (winter)

  • Take a specialization-specific course:
  • Take two elective courses. View sample elective courses on our MSJ curriculum page.
  • Take the Medill Explores course, which includes travel domestically or internationally to learn about social justice reporting in other geographies.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.
  • Engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Quarter 4 (spring)

  • Complete a practicum or Master's Project. You may also complete your master's project at Medill's Washington, D.C. campus, where you will practice reporting in Washington with a focus on social justice issues.
  • Take an elective course. View sample elective courses on our MSJ curriculum page.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.
  • Continue to engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Optional Quarter 5 (summer)

Fall Start Quarter Overview

Quarter 1 (fall)

Quarter 2 (winter)

Quarter 3 (spring)

Quarter 4 (summer)

  • Complete a practicum or Master's Project. You may choose to complete your thesis project with the Medill Justice Project. You may also complete your thesis project at Medill's Washington, D.C. campus, where you will practice reporting in Washington with a focus on social justice issues.
  • Take elective courses. View sample elective courses on our MSJ curriculum page.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.
  • Continue to engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Optional Quarter 5 (fall)

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