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Learn from the best. Become one of the best.

Practice innovative real-world journalism from day one, with guidance from our all-star, Pulitzer- and Peabody-winning faculty. All at one of the nation's top public universities, on the doorstep of the journalism capital of the world.

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Merrill College is ranked a top-10 journalism school by multiple services
Pulitzer Prizes and Peabody Awards won or directed by current faculty and staff
Maximum number of students per skills class at Merrill College
July 31
Master's in Data Journalism application deadline for Fall 2023
Nov. 1
Undergraduate Early Action application deadline for Fall 2024
Dec. 1
Master's program Early Consideration application deadline for Fall 2024

Why Merrill?

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism prepares you for the real world. Our students report from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis and College Park through our Capital News Service. They investigate issues of national importance at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and learn to look beyond the box score at The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. Data reporting is weaved through every inch of our curriculum and practiced in our signature programs. Our graduates are hired and desired by the top news outlets in the country.

There are a few standout journalism colleges in the country. But Merrill is the only one standing in the media capital of the world, which serves as its laboratory.

Kevin Blackistone
Kevin Blackistone Professor of the Practice
Howard Center

Howard Center

The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism allows students to work with news organizations and universities across the country to report stories of national and international importance.

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Alumnus Daniel Oyefusi signs the Povich Center wall.

Povich Center

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism prepares students to be innovators and leaders in all facets of sports media. Its experiential curriculum and public programs elevate and amplify discussion of race, gender, politics and the world.

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Capital News Service College Park Bureau

Capital News Service

Overseen by professional journalists, Capital News Service is the University of Maryland’s student-powered news organization with bureaus and news teams in Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington and College Park.

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National Association of Black Journalists

NABJ, headquartered in Knight Hall, is an organization of journalists, students and media professionals providing quality programs and services to, and advocating on behalf of, Black journalists.

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Knight Hall

More Centers and Organizations

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism hosts and supports a number of signature centers and organizations in Knight Hall, a state-of-the-art facility just a few miles from Washington, D.C.

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Master's Cohort 2019

Cutting-Edge Research

The college's faculty and graduate students are active researchers, serving the public and the profession by producing rigorous scholarly work that seeks to improve journalism.

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Truly one of the great journalism schools.

Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward Legendary Washington Post Reporter

#MerrillMade Alumni

Portrait of Connie Chung

Connie Chung

Former TV Anchor/Correspondent, CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC
Portrait of Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Editor In Chief, San Francisco Chronicle
Portrait of Scott Van Pelt

Scott Van Pelt

Anchor, ESPN SportsCenter
Portrait of Maria Douglas Reeve

Maria Douglas Reeve

VP-Editor for Content Initiatives, Hearst Texas
Portrait of Sara Murray

Sara Murray

Political Correspondent, CNN
Portrait of Robert Klemko

Robert Klemko

Reporter, The Washington Post


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    While we are very glad the University of Maryland will be able to celebrate you in person this spring, the UMD Philip Merrill College of Journalism is committed to honoring the accomplishments of our resilient graduates virtually. Tune in to on Thursday, May 20 at 1 p.m. to watch the college's virtual commencement ceremony. You can also watch the video below. Hear from Dean Lucy Dalglish, student speaker Brendan Hartlove and a number of surprise guests as we honor our newest #merrillmade graduates.

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