Journalism, Master of Journalism (M.J.)

Non-thesis only: 36 credits 

The degree is a 36-credit program. The M.J. is a non-thesis degree and is the preferred program of those looking to enter the journalism profession. Students admitted to the M.J. program in multi-platform or broadcast journalism are not required to possess prior training or experience in the field. Students who enter the M.J. program with significant professional newsroom experience can request to opt out of the two required 500-level courses. The program's capstone experience is the Capital News Service, where students serve as full-time reporters in news bureaus in Washington and Annapolis, at the college's TV station, UMTV, and from our state-of-the-art news facilities in Knight Hall. For more information on our programs, visit: http://merrill.umd.edu/academics/masters-programs/

Detailed information on the requirements of our programs can be found in the master's program handbook, available online at the bottom of: http://merrill.umd.edu/academics/masters-programs/

Course Title Credits
Required courses:
JOUR501Fundamentals of Writing and Editing3
JOUR504Introduction to Multimedia Skills3
JOUR702Journalism Law and Ethics3
Intermediate Reporting course3
Critical Thinking course3
Journalism Elective3
Specialization Requirements
Select one of the following:18
Multiplatform Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
Total Credits36

Specialization Options

Multiplatform Journalism

Course Title Credits
JOUR620Public Affairs Reporting3
JOUR625Advanced Capital News Service Bureau6
or JOUR655 Advanced Online News Bureau
JOUR652Interactive Design and Development3
JOUR772Methods in Computer-Assisted Reporting3
JOUR603News Videography3
Total Credits18

Broadcast Journalism

Course Title Credits
JOUR603News Videography3
JOUR660Broadcast News Writing3
JOUR661Television Reporting and Production3
JOUR667Broadcast News Bureau6
JOUR620Public Affairs Reporting3
or JOUR772 Methods in Computer-Assisted Reporting
Total Credits18