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Journalism (JOST)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Journalism

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

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

1. Doctoral students are required to complete a minimum of 40 credits.

2. A minimum of nine credits of research design and methods courses are required, including JOUR 775: Quantitative Methods in Journalism and Public Communication Research (3 credits); JOUR 776: Qualitative Research Methods in Journalism and Public Communication (3 credits).

3. A minimum of 18 credits in Journalism are required, including JOUR 601: Theories of Journalism and Public Communication (3 credits); JOUR 610: Seminar in Mass Media History (3 credits); JOUR 800: Introduction to Doctoral Study in Journalism and Public Communication (3 credits); JOUR 801: Advanced Public Communication Theory (3 credits).

4. A minimum of nine credits in cognate courses outside of Journalism are required. Students should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies before choosing these courses. 

5. Students are required to complete JOUR 808: Doctoral Colloquium (1 credit) and JOUR 698L: Special Problems in Communication (3 credits) as well as nine credits in cognate courses, with the department's approval. In addition, students should complete six credits of journalism electives.

6. Students must complete a minimum of 12 research credits by enrolling in JOUR 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research.


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.




Ronald Yaros, Ph.D.

Director of PhD Studies

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742


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