Journalism Studies, 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.). After advancing to doctoral candidacy, 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

Advance to Candidacy: At the end of coursework, students are required to pass five comprehensive examinations: four written comprehensive exams and one oral exam. Each of the four written exams cover the following topics: theory, a cognate area, methodology, and an area of specialization. The fifth one is an oral defense of the comprehensive exams.

Post-Candidacy: Complete at least 12 credits of JOUR899 doctoral dissertation research.  Successfully defend and submit an original dissertation. 

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
JOUR775Quantitative Methods in Journalism and Public Communication Research3
JOUR776Qualitative Research Methods in Journalism and Public Communication3
JOUR601Theories of Journalism and Public Communication3
JOUR610Seminar in Mass Media History3
JOUR800Introduction to Doctoral Study in Journalism and Public Communication3
JOUR801Advanced Public Communication Theory3
Select a minimum of nine credits in cognate courses outside of Journalism 39
Additional Research Design and Methods course3
Dissertation Research Requirements
JOUR899Doctoral Dissertation Research in Journalism and Mass Communication12
Total Credits48