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MS in Journalism

Roosevelt’s Journalism program is aimed at graduating students ready to enter the field, with experience in storytelling across media as well as an understanding of the social role of the journalist and the hard work needed to succeed in the field.

Reporting is at the heart of the program. You’ll experience hands-on coursework in:

  • Writing, reporting and editing across all media: print, broadcast and digital.
  • Advanced reporting and writing, including investigative reporting, political reporting, feature and magazine writing.
  • Advanced storytelling in written, audio, video and photographic formats.
  • Multimedia design and production.

Billy MontgomeryOur faculty includes award-winning reporters, editors and writers who are eager to guide the next generation of journalists – like Anne-Marie Cusac, winner of the George Polk Award for investigative reporting; John Wesley Fountain, winner of the prestigious Peter Lisagor Award for his continuing work as a columnist for the Chicago Sun Times; and Charles Madigan has been honored by the overseas press club for distinguished reporting in human rights for war crimes investigation.

Graduates go on to careers with:

  • Print and digital magazines.
  • Print and digital newspapers.
  • Radio and television news broadcasters.
  • Digital news organizations.

Flexible course offerings

Our program’s flexible scheduling allows you to complete the program at your own pace.

  • Full-time students (three or four courses) can complete the program in two years.
  • Part-time students can progress with one or two classes per term.
  • Classes are offered weekdays, evenings and Saturdays.

Look beyond our core course list at our class schedule to see electives that are offered. Search the class schedule.

Department of Communication Computer Lab

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Most coursework will take place in small classes in our state-of-the-art computer lab facilities. Our program offers three Mac labs, networked via fiber-optic cables to an Xsan server. All computers are loaded with the current writing, design and production software.

A program for practitioners

Many graduate programs emphasize communication theory, but we focus on preparing future journalists who will lead thought and development in media fields. When theory will help to meet that goal, you’ll find it here. But you’ll also learn to work as a thoughtful, ethical journalist in a rapidly changing world full of doubts and conflicts.

A world-class faculty

Members of Roosevelt’s full-time Journalism faculty all possess distinguished academic credentials and all have had successful journalism careers. Many of our faculty also continue with their journalistic contributions – John Wesley Fountain writes a weekly column for the Chicago Sun Times, Charles M. Madigan is a contributing columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and Anne-Marie Cusac continues her work with contributions to The Progressive magazine.

That’s who will lead you, mentor you, show you how it’s done and help you launch your career.

Contact us

The Master of Science in Journalism program is offered at the Chicago campus for fall start every year.

Department headquarters

Chicago campus

Gage Building, Room 505
18 S Michigan Ave
Chicago IL
Telephone: 312-281-3238