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The MSJ Social Justice 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. 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 (fall)

Quarter 2 (winter)

Quarter 3 (spring)

Quarter 4 (summer)

  • Complete a practicum or Master's Project. You may 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.

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.