Journalism (JOUR)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Journalism


This Master of Arts (JOUR) degree is mainly intended for experienced journalists seeking a research-focused, academic journalism degree with the goal of a future teaching or Ph.D. program. 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’re looking for a Ph.D. program, go to Journalism (JOST). If you're seeking a graduate journalism multimedia certificate, go to Multimedia Journalism (Z071).

The Master of Arts in Journalism is a research-oriented, thesis program of 30 credits. The program is intended for experienced journalists, academics and others who are looking for a more scholarly master’s program. The degree offers a great deal of flexibility by tapping into the resources of the University of Maryland, a top-ranked, public, research institution located minutes away from Washington, D.C., Annapolis and Baltimore. The college’s unmatched access to internships in one of the nation’s top media markets and opportunities to learn from the pros working in today’s multimedia newsrooms make the Philip Merrill College of Journalism a training ground like no other. Our students are fearless and #MerrillMade.


Serap Rada, Ph.D.
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Knight Hall
7765 Alumni Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.2513
Fax: 301.314.9166


Courses: JOUR

General Requirements

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) (both optional)
  • GRE Subject (optional)
  • CV/Resume
  • Portfolio PDF Upload (Optional)
  • Writing Samples (3)
  • Supplementary Application (optional)
  • Description of Research/Work Experience (optional)

Applicants seeking admission to the master’s program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a accredited institution of higher learning. Undergraduate study of journalism and/or professional experience in journalistic fields are not required. Students must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), provide three writing samples and obtain three letters of recommendation.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents February 3, 2023
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants February 3, 2023

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at


The University of Maryland is located just a few miles from Washington, the media capital of the world. Students and researchers have access to The Washington Post and USA Today, as well as hundreds of Washington bureaus for newspapers, online news sites, and TV and radio news outlets from around the world. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism operates daily news bureaus in Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building a few blocks from the White House; in Annapolis, just a block from the Maryland State House; and on campus from two locations -- Knight Hall, our state-of-the-art building with multiple news labs and opportunities for multi-platform experimentation; and UMTV, a cable TV station that reaches more than 600,000 homes in central Maryland. The broadcast program is equipped with state-of-the-art digital editing systems used by students to produce a 30-minute nightly newscast. Opened in 2010, Knight Hall also brings all of the College’s affiliated centers under one roof. The college also provides equipment for all specialty media classes -- from broadcast cameras to DSLRs -- so students are not required to bring their own equipment.

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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