Journalism, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The University of Maryland's Ph.D. in Journalism Studies is designed to prepare students for careers in university teaching, academic and industry research, and media consulting. The first two years of the program consist of coursework in theory, research methods, journalism, and an outside area of interest (such as Communications, Sociology, History, etc.). At the end of coursework, students take comprehensive examinations (in theory, cognate area, methodology, and in their areas of specialization). Students then conduct research and write the dissertation. Most successful candidates enter the program with a master's degree, but a master’s degree is not a prerequisite for admission

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
Select a minimum of nine credits of research design and methods courses 19
Select a minimum of 18 credits in Journalism 218
Select a minimum of nine credits in cognate courses outside of Journalism 39
JOUR808Doctoral Colloquium1
JOUR698Special Problems in Communication3
Dissertation Research Requirements
JOUR899Doctoral Dissertation Research in Journalism and Mass Communication12
Total Credits52