Graduate Degree Program
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
7765 Alumni Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
- Statement of Purpose
- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Applicants with an advanced degree from an accredited U.S. university are exempt from the GRE requirement.
- Portfolio (Multimedia Requirements section) (optional)
- 3 Writing Samples: Writing samples uploaded to the Upload Requirements section of the application – under Writing Sample, Supplementary Application One, and Supplementary Application Two.
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: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions
|Type of Applicant||Fall Deadline|
|US Citizens and Permanent Residents||Early Decision: 15 Dec / Final: 1 Feb|
|F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants||Early Decision: 15 Dec / Final: 1 Feb|
Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.merrill.umd.edu
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.
|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 |
|Bettag||Thomas||Non-Member||Lecturer, Journalism |
|Blackistone||Kevin||Full Member||B.S., Northwestern University; M.A. Boston University||Visiting Professor, Journalism |
|Carroll||James||Non-Member||Lecturer, 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||Dean, Journalism |
|Davidsburg||Joshua||Non-Member||B.A., University of Maryland||Lecturer, Journalism |
|Denny||Karen||Non-Member||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 |
|Franklin||Jon||Full Member||B.S., University of Maryland, 1970||Professor Emeritus, Journalism |
|Gomery||Douglas||Full Member||B.S., Lehigh University, 1967; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1970; Ph.D., 1975.||Professor Emeritus, 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 |
|Roberts||Eugene L.||Full Member||B.A.,University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1954.||Professor Emeritus, 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 |
|Walker||Leslie||Full Member||B.A., University of Virginia, 1974; M.A., 1975||Visiting Professor, 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 |