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Application Deadlines

Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance






Dalglish, Lucy A., Full Member

Associate Dean

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Feldstein, Mark, Full Member

Klose, Kevin, Full Member

Moeller, Susan, Full Member

Oates, Sarah, Full Member

Priest, Dana, Full Member

Steiner, Linda, Full Member

Stepp, Carl Sessions, Full Member

Associate Professor

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Nelson, Deb, Full Member

Yaros, Ron, Full Member

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Diakopoulos, Nicolas, Full Member

Professor of Practice

Solomon, George, Adjunct Member

Visiting Professor

Banisky, Sandra A, Full Member

Blackistone, Kevin, Full Member

Walker, Leslie, Full Member


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Carroll, James, Non-Member

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Beasley, Maurine, Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Franklin, Jon, Full Member

Gomery, Douglas, Full Member

Roberts, Eugene L., Full Member

More JOUR Faculty Information

Journalism (JOUR)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Journalism


The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a Master of Journalism (JOMJ), a Master of Arts in Journalism (JOUR) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Journalism Studies (JOST). The College accepts full-time students to the master’s program, which is designed to be completed in 12 to 16 months. There are specialized tracks in multi-platform journalism and broadcast journalism. The College also offers a highly individualized program for veteran journalists, which may be completed on a part-time basis. The Ph.D. in Journalism Studies is a full-time, research-oriented program that prepares students for careers in university teaching, academic and industry research, and media consulting. For more information, visit:

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.

Applicants seeking admission to the master’s program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning. Undergraduate study of journalism and professional experience in journalistic fields are not required. Completion of the general aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination is required and three letters of recommendation must be submitted. Applications for the master’s program are considered for admission in the Summer or Fall semesters. Students beginning the master’s program in the summer can graduate within 12 months, whereas students beginning in the fall can graduate in 16 months. Students on the broadcast journalism track must start in the summer. Multi-platform students may opt to begin the program in summer or in fall. Applications for the doctoral program (Ph.D.) are considered only for Fall semester enrollment. 

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 Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis only: 30 credits

Theory course (3 credits)

JOUR 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Electives chosen with advisor (21 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.

For more information on our programs, visit:

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


Facilities and Special Resources

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 Philip Merrill College of Journalism is home to a number of centers and programs designed to help professionals improve key aspects of journalism.

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism: Launched in 2012, the Povich center will "forge a path in sports journalism toward analyzing complex issues in athletics, to challenge and clarify society’s avid participation in games as players and spectators." For more information:

The Hubert H. Humphrey Journalism Fellowships: The Humphrey fellowship is a special one-year program that brings international journalists to the University of Maryland to study. Fellows seek to strengthen their management and leadership skills and make professional contacts. The fellowship program is led by Serap Rada, who holds a Ph.D. in government and international relations from the University of Maryland. For more information:

The Society for Features Journalism: Founded in 1947, the Society for Features Journalism (formerly the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors, or AASFE) is "dedicated to the quality of features in newspapers." The independently operated group sponsors an annual convention, a writing contest, regional workshops and a fellowship program designed to develop minority feature writers. It also publishes two magazines, "Style" and "Feedback." SFJ’s membership of nearly 200 is limited to newspaper feature editors and Sunday section editors. For more information:

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ): NABJ is an organization of journalists, students, and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Founded in 1975, NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. For more information:

Financial Assistance

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a number of fellowships and scholarships, and there are additional opportunities at the College of Journalism and across campus for employment in graduate assistant positions.

Students admitted to the PhD program are typically offered assistantships within the College of Journalism. These currently include an annual stipend of approximately $18,494 (revised annually) and come with 24 credits of tuition remission (10 in the Fall, 4 in the Winter, 10 in the Spring) plus access to group health insurance. These assistantships require 20 hours of work per week for nine and a half months, typically in teaching or research.

Master’s students interested in assistantships must apply to individual units across campus that have positions available. The number of hours per week and the stipend levels will vary by unit and by the nature of the position.

The College has several scholarships and fellowships to help master’s students, PhD students, or both with the cost of study. These include the following awards: Graduate School Dean’s Fellowships, John Story Cleghorn and Nona Reese Cleghorn Scholarship , Eleanor Merrill Graduate Fellowship, Lawrence L. and Lillie Z. Goldberg Scholarship, Mary Anne and Frank A. Kennedy Scholarship, the Maury Povich Sports Journalism Scholarship Fund, the Reese Cleghorn Journalism Excellence Scholarship, the Gridiron Foundation Journalism Scholarship, the Michael Gurevitch Journalism Scholarship, and the Professor Thomas J. Aylward Scholarship. Additional information is available at

Travel funding for graduate students in the Journalism College is available via The Hiebert Journalism International Travel Award and the Gene Roberts Award.

This is in addition to a range of fellowships offered by the Graduate School:

Contact Statement

Specific information about the Journalism Program is available on request from:



Serap D. Rada, Asst. Dir., Graduate Studies

3107 Knight Hall,

University of Maryland-College Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-2513


Associated Information


MA, MJ, Public Affairs Reporting, New Media, Broadcast Journalism, Returning Journalist, Ph.D. in Journalism Studies, News, News Editing, Broadcast Producing, Sports Journalism, Washington Reporting, Skills-Based Master’s Degree, Professionally Oriented, 12-Month Curriculum, Practical Experience