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Curriculum

The MSJ Sports Media curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the principles of modern journalism as well as in-depth subject area knowledge in reporting on sports. 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 Medill Explores seminar:
    • Travel domestically or internationally to learn about sports reporting in other geographies.
  • Take two elective courses:
  • Attend various sporting events to report live on game day.
  • 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 (spring)

  • Complete a practicum or Master's Project or take elective courses. You may choose to compete your quarter at Medill's Washington, D.C., campus, where you will focus on sports reporting.
  • Take an elective course:
  • Continue to 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.

Optional Quarter 5 (summer)

Fall Start Quarter Overview

Quarter 1 (fall)

Quarter 2 (winter)

Quarter 3 (spring)

  • Take Advanced Sports Reporting
  • Take elective courses:
  • Attend various sporting events to report live on game day.
  • 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 (summer)

  • Complete a practicum or Master's Project or take elective courses. You may choose to compete your quarter at Medill's Washington, D.C., campus, where you will focus on sports reporting.
  • Take an elective course:
  • Continue to 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.

Optional Quarter 5 (fall)

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