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Journalism (JOMJ)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Journalism

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • 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.

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

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Feb
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Feb

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Journalism (M.J.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Non-thesis only: 36 credits

JOUR 501: Fundamentals of Writing and Editing (3 credits)

JOUR 504: Introduction to Multimedia Skills (3 credits)

JOUR 702: Journalism Law and Ethics (3 credits)

Intermediate Reporting course (3 credits)

Critical Thinking course (3 credits)

Journalism Elective (3 credits)

Specialization Options

Multiplatform Journalism: 

JOUR 620: Public Affairs Reporting (3 credits)

JOUR 625: Advanced Capital News Service Bureau or JOUR 655: Advanced Online News Bureau (6 credits)

JOUR 652: Interactive Design and Development (3 credits)

JOUR 772: Methods in Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 credits)

JOUR 603: News Videography or Advanced Writing elective (3 credits)

Broadcast Journalism:

JOUR 603: News Videography (3 credits)

JOUR 660: Broadcast News Writing (3 credits)

JOUR 661: Television Reporting and Production (3 credits)

JOUR 667: Broadcast News Bureau (6 credits)

JOUR 620: Public Affairs Reporting or JOUR 772: Methods in Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 credits)


The master's degree is typically a 36-credit program (30 credits are required for students in the Returning Journalists specialization). The MJ is a non-thesis degree and is the preferred program of those looking to enter the journalism profession. Students pursuing an MA take six credits preparing a thesis. Students admitted to the standard master's program in multi-platform or broadcast journalism are not required to possess prior training or experience in the field. Students admitted to the returning journalist program, however, must have significant professional experience. Students who enter the MJ program with significant professional newsroom experience can request to opt out of the two required 500-level courses. Students on the 12-month track begin in the summer and take six credits each in summer session one and two, and 12 credits each in fall and spring. Students who start in the fall semester take their coursework fall, spring, and the following fall. The program's capstone experience is the Capital News Service, where students serve as full-time reporters in news bureaus in Washington and Annapolis, at the college's TV station, UMTV, and from our state-of-the-art multiplatform news facilities in Knight Hall.

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Detailed information on the requirements of our programs can be found in the master's program handbook, available online at the bottom of:



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