The Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Located just a few miles from Washington, D.C., the journalism capital of the world, and driven by award-winning faculty and students, a real-world news service, a multi-disciplinary approach and an emphasis on public affairs journalism, sports journalism, investigative reporting, global security, and data and computational journalism, the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism is preparing students to define the journalism profession of tomorrow.
As one of the top journalism schools in the United States, Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism has created a professional master's program that successfully combines instruction from some of the nation's top professionals with real-world experience to produce graduates who are ready to work in one of today's most exciting fields. Students' real-world work is seen and published in professional outlets across the country, as well as through the college's award-winning Capital News Service, long before they finish their program.
For veteran journalists, the college offers a returning journalist master's degree more tailored to their specific needs.
The doctoral program prepares teachers and scholars, who can take advantage of both the award-winning research faculty, as well as the resources offered by a world-class university in the nation's capital.
Master of Journalism Degree
The college offers a non-thesis Master of Journalism that can be completed in as little as 12 months, or can be extended for students interested in sharpening more specialized skills. Students focus in broadcast, sports, data, or investigative journalism, and are provided a grounding in the immutable tenets of the field, as well as the training needed to work on ever-changing digital platforms.
The program is small, with fewer than 40 students per year, allowing for individualized attention from experienced, dedicated faculty members with strong ties to top media companies.
Capital News Service is the program's capstone. It enables students to put their classroom training to use in the real world, and their best work is seen nationwide. Students spend semesters working at bureaus and with news teams in Washington, Baltimore, Annapolis, and College Park, where they work closely with instructors/editors as journalists. CNS produces a thrice-weekly newscast that is broadcast and streamed live. Student work is published on the news service's website, as well as by dozens of news clients in Maryland and Washington. CNS is also carried by the Associated Press, putting students' work on news sites across the country.
In addition to covering Congress and the state legislature, CNS is credentialed to cover a number of professional sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins, the Washington Wizards, and more. Students cover beats, develop sources, generate story ideas, and write, shoot, and design on deadlines. CNS' data lab produces visualizations and data projects on everything from health disparities to home run records.
Capital News Service also provides students with unique opportunities for covering news stories well beyond Maryland and Washington. CNS reporters covered the Republican and Democratic national conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. The service also covered a military trial at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. They were also live at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis last year, and in London, England, on Election Day.
Through The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, students have an opportunity to cover Super Bowl and The Friendship Games in Eilat, Israel. The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism allows students to dig deep into subjects of national importance.
Recent graduates of the master's program have gone on to jobs at The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, CNN, NPR, Vice, Reuters, MLB.com, Snapchat, and many other organizations.
Master of Arts in Journalism
The M.A. program is designed for journalists with considerable professional experience. These journalists may be looking to enhance their skills, learn new techniques, or specialize in a particular area. Coursework is tailored to each student's academic requirements so they can gain the expertise needed to achieve their professional goals. For example, an experienced general assignment reporter who has decided to specialize in environmental issues may, with the help of an adviser, create a course load that includes classes within the environmental sciences program. The program requires the completion of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework, six of which must be in thesis preparation.
Doctorate in Journalism Studies
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism's Ph.D. program prepares students for distinguished careers in teaching and research. Nearly 80 percent of the Ph.D graduates from the past 10 years work in academia, the media, or agencies such as the World Bank. The program offers courses in cultural, social, and business-related subjects, including data journalism, multimedia and mobile journalism, audience analytics, social media, gender, and history. Ph.D. students can also tap a network of colleagues across the campus in information sciences, communication, political science, history, sociology, psychology, and public policy. Doctoral students become a key component in the teaching and research environment at the college.
Although not required, a master's degree is preferred before entering the program. During the first two years, students complete courses in theory, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and areas of research interest outside of the college. Students then take comprehensive exams to advance to candidacy. Finally, candidates conduct independent research on their chosen topic and work with a chosen advisor to write the dissertation. Most Merrill students complete their Ph.D. in about five years.
The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Multimedia Journalism teaches the skills most in demand today for communication professionals in news organizations, nonprofits and business. The 12-credit, four-course graduate certificate program is designed for working professionals, with classes that meet on Saturdays. Classes may be taken individually over a two-year period, or two at a time, enrollment permitting. Completion of all four courses provides media professionals with a strong understanding of digital communication, including the fundamentals of web production, shooting and editing photos, video and audio, and use of mobile and social media tools.
Degrees & Awards
Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Preliminary written and oral comprehensive exams
|Master's Degree Exam||GRE General Test|
|Master's Degree Requirements||Minimum GPA of 3.0, 3 letters of recommendation|
|Doctoral Degree Exam||GRE General Test|
|Doctoral Degree Requirements||Minimum GPA of 3.0, 3 letters of recommendation|
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Types of financial support available||
Scholarship and/or loans
|Black or African American||13.04%|
|White or Caucasian||53%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||Not Reported|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||Not Reported|
|Two or more races||Not Reported|
|Focus of faculty research:||Mass communication theory, specialized journalism, new telecommunication technologies, press integration|
|Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:||230,123|