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Journalism, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Journalism program of Northwestern University will let students experiment with emerging media, explore global journalism and prepare not only to work in a changing media world but to lead it.
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The Journalism program of Northwestern University will let students learn by doing. Whether you are passionate about social justice, politics, global affairs, entrepreneurship, technology, the arts or sports, you'll have the chance to develop those passions into expertise.

Medill's innovative curriculum allows you to solidify your writing and editing skills and explore your passions outside Medill. Our curriculum comprises three components:

  • Our core curriculum is built to put all first-year students on the same page. In these core courses, we'll teach you the Medill way of reporting, writing, editing and thinking critically.
  • In addition to those core classes, every student selects a concentration in a discipline outside Medill. Here, you'll explore your passion for political science, history, economics, a foreign language, computer science and much more. You'll take a wide variety of courses to ensure a well-rounded education.
  • Finally, we offer a wide variety of journalism electives. Choose courses that will help you build expertise in the areas you are most passionate about.

Career paths

Within one year of graduating, recent BSJ graduates have landed positions like these:

  • News associate at CBS News
  • Reporter at Boston Globe Life Sciences
  • Digital news assistant at InStyle Magazine
  • Assistant social media writer at BuzzFeed
  • Assistant producer at Al Jazeera English Online
  • Public relations specialist at Apple
  • Consulting analyst at Accenture
  • Software engineer at Cisco

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Journalism in Practice
  • Journalism Residency
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Multimedia Storytelling
  • Philosophy of Modern Journalism
  • Reporting and Writing

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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