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Accelerated Master’s Program

You can earn both an undergraduate and graduate journalism degree at Medill in less than five years through our Accelerated Master’s Program.

You apply for the program during your junior year in the undergraduate program, then begin taking graduate courses in your senior year. You will meet some undergraduate journalism and general elective credits through your coursework in the graduate program. 

You earn both your undergraduate and graduate degree at the same time after you’ve successfully met all requirements for both degrees. 


For more information, please contact Jacob Winston-Galant in Medill’s Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid. Once at Medill, you will work with an adviser in the Medill Office of Student Life to develop a plan for you to complete the Accelerated Master’s Program and organize your undergraduate coursework accordingly. 

Ashley Hackett (BSJ19, MSJ19)
"Getting two degrees in four years was not something I expected coming into Northwestern, but I'm so glad that the Medill Student Life team helped me get there. AMP allowed me to fully enjoy my undergrad experience--I was involved in student groups and was able to study abroad before making a smooth transition to the MSJ program, which opened up so many opportunities for professional development."Ashley Hackett (BSJ19, MSJ19)