Journalism Studies (JOST)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Journalism


Maryland’s elite Ph.D. in Journalism Studies prepares scholars for next-generation research in the key issues confronting journalism in the 21st century.

  • The program features small classes and a high level of collaboration with professors. Work focuses on the analysis of journalism practice and ethics, media history, gender and media, international media, as well as in emerging technology and the audience.
  • With an emphasis on helping journalists translate career experience into research expertise, the program is highly successful at placing its doctoral graduates into teaching and research posts in higher education.

If you are seeking a master’s degree to provide you with the fundamentals of journalism for a professional career, please see the Journalism (JOMJ) degree. If you are an experienced journalist looking for a research-focused master’s degree, go to Journalism (JOUR); If you're seeking a graduate journalism multimedia certificate, go to Multimedia Journalism (Z071).


Rob Wells, Ph.D. (he/him)
Associate Professor
Director of Ph.D. Studies
Abell Professor of Baltimore Journalism
Merrill College of Journalism
University of Maryland
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301-405-2433 (Summer 2023, phone not monitored)


Courses: JOUR



  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Description of Research/Work Experience
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Samples (academic work; one required, up to two more optional)
  • Supplementary Application (optional)

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents January 31, 2025
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants January 31, 2025

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

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Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Banisky Sandra A Full Member B.A., Boston University; J.D., University of Baltimore Visiting Professor, Journalism
Beasley Maurine Full Member B.A.,University of Missouri-Columbia, 1958; B.J., 1958; M.S., Columbia University,1963; Ph.D., George Washington University, 1974. Professor Emerita, Journalism
Blackistone Kevin Full Member B.S., Northwestern University; M.A. Boston University Visiting Professor, Journalism
Chadha Kalyani Full Member B.A., Delhi University, 1988; M.A., Jawaharal Nehru University, 1990; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1999. Assistant Professor, Journalism
Chinoy Ira Full Member A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2010 Associate Professor, Journalism
Clayton Cassandra Non-Member B.A., Spelman College Lecturer, Journalism
Dalglish Lucy A. Full Member B.A., University of North Dakota, 1980; J.D., Vanderbilt University, 2005 Dean, Journalism
Davidsburg Joshua Non-Member B.A., University of Maryland Lecturer, Journalism
Diakopoulos Nicolas Full Member Sc.B., Brown University; M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology Assistant Professor, Journalism
Feldstein Mark Full Member B.A., Harvard, 1979; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002 Professor, Journalism
Flynn Adrianne Adjunct Member B.A., Arizona State University, Lecturer, Journalism
Hanson Christopher T. Full Member B.A., Reed College, 1975; J.D.,New York University, 1976; Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,1999. Associate Professor, Journalism
Klose Kevin Full Member B.A., Harvard Professor, Journalism
Lorente Rafael Adjunct Member B.A., University of Miami, 1990; M.A., University of Maryland, 1998. Associate Dean, Journalism
Moeller Susan Full Member B.A., Yale University, 1979; A.M., Harvard University, 1985; Ph.D., 1987. Professor, Journalism
Mussenden Sean Full Member B.A., St. Mary's College of Maryland; M.A., University of Maryland. Lecturer, Journalism
Oates Sarah Full Member B.A., Yale University, 1985; M.A., Emory University 1996; Ph.D., Emory University 1998. Professor, Journalism
Priest Dana Full Member B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz Professor, Journalism
Solomon George Adjunct Member B.S., University of Florida Professor of Practice, Journalism
Steiner Linda Full Member B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1972; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1979. Professor, Journalism
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Stepp Carl Sessions Full Member B.A., University of South Carolina-Columbia, 1970; M.A., 1972. Professor, Journalism
Swain Bethany Non-Member B.A., Ithaca College Lecturer, Journalism
Yaros Ron Full Member B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980; M.A., Webster University, 1991; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005. Associate Professor, Journalism