The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers four Master’s Degree Programs:

  • Multiplatform Journalism – for students interested in reporting on public affairs or sports across multiple platforms, or for students planning careers as editors and producers for multi-platform news organizations. These students plan to write, shoot photos and video or produce multimedia graphics for news organizations of all kinds.
  • Broadcast News – for students preparing for careers as TV or radio news and sports correspondents, anchors or producers. These students plan to work at the nation’s local and national broadcast outlets in any number of challenging jobs.
  • Returning Journalist – for newsroom veterans who enroll in a highly individualized course of study. Students in this specialization are given five years to complete the degree and must complete a thesis. These students come back to school to learn new journalism skills, or update existing ones. They also get a chance to study in other schools and colleges across the University of Maryland, the largest comprehensive university inside the Capital Beltway.
  • Multimedia Graduate Certificate Program – This two-semester, 12-credit graduate certificate program (two classes each semester) is designed for working professionals. Classes meet on Saturdays, so there’s no conflict with work schedules. Classes may also be taken individually over a two-year period. Completion of all four courses provides media professionals with a thorough and modern understanding of digital communication and entrepreneurship, including the fundamentals of Web publishing, social networking and online community building.  NOTE: Up to three of the four classes in the Multimedia Certificate Program can be applied to a Merrill College Master’s Degree if you are admitted into the M.J. or M.A.  program.

Students in the multiplatform and broadcast tracks can also further specialize in sports, investigative reporting, computational and data journalism or web video and web development:

  • Sports Journalism Focus: The sports journalism focus at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism provides master’s students an opportunity to learn about sports coverage in the modern era while gaining hands-on experience covering teams in the Washington-Baltimore region. The college offers a number of sports-related courses, such as sports reporting, sports broadcasting and sports media and society. In addition, the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism offers a wide range of learning opportunities with panel discussions, student workshops and even a summer camp. There are additional opportunities to cover sports with Capital News Service, the Diamondback student newspaper, the student-run WMUC radio and the Maryland Athletic Department’s TerpsTV. The BIG10 Network also provides opportunities for our students to learn by doing.
  • Investigative Focus: The investigative focus is taught by an experienced faculty of award-winning journalists, including Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters Dana Priest and Deborah Nelson, and Mark Feldstein, a former Emmy award-winning investigative correspondent at CNN. The concentration offers courses in investigative journalism, data reporting, national security, cybersecurity, urban affairs and history. The program offers opportunities to travel abroad for research and reporting.
  • Computational and Data Journalism Focus: This focus offers the opportunity to develop data-driven reporting, analysis and visualization skills in the context of journalistic work. Students will advance their knowledge of Web development, as well as interactive design and coding in languages such as Javascript and Python. Courses in computer-assisted journalism, storytelling with data visualization and computational journalism help students develop portfolios of interactive, data-driven projects.