The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland is one of the world’s leading journalism schools, with a distinguished faculty dedicated to training the next generation of fearless journalists in a state-of-the-art facility just minutes from Washington, D.C, Annapolis and Baltimore.

Our location gives Merrill College students unmatched access to internships in one of the nation’s top media markets and opportunities to learn from the pros working in some of the nation’s top newsrooms.

We’re a small college at a large university, fostering personalized interaction between students, faculty and staff while still providing all the resources of a top-ranked public research institution.

Undergraduate Programs:

  • Journalism courses are rigorous and train students in the fundamental values, concepts and skills needed for successful careers in multiple media platforms, including the Internet, television, radio, newspapers, magazines and mobile devices.
  • The curriculum is grounded in the bedrock of reporting, writing, editing and ethical studies – but also places a high priority on the technological changes that have come with the digital age.
Working with a 360 Video Rig outside the Stamp Student Union.

Merrill College students work with a 360 video rig outside of the Stamp Student Union on campus.

Master’s Degree Programs:

  • Merrill offers one of the best master’s degree programs in the country. It is a full-time program you complete in 12 to 16 months, culminating in a Master of Journalism degree (non-thesis).
  • The college also has a Master of Arts degree (thesis) for experienced returning journalists.
  • The rigorous courses offer hands-on learning and prepare students for the fast-paced, ever-changing world of 21st century journalism.

Master’s Saturday Certificate Program:

  • The college also offers a Saturday-only professional studies certificate program consisting of four, 3-credit courses focused on multimedia, social media, web coding and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Merrill College graduate students leave with the tools, experience and professional network they need to succeed in a vibrant, competitive field.
  • Three of the four courses can also be applied towards a full M.J. degree.

Ph.D. Program:

  • Maryland’s elite Ph.D. in Journalism Studies prepares scholars for next-generation research in the key issues confronting journalism in the 21st century.
  • Featuring small classes and a high level of collaboration with professors, work focuses on the analysis of journalism practice and ethics, media history, gender and media, international media, as well as in emerging technology and the audience.
  • The program is highly successful at placing its doctoral graduates into teaching and research posts in higher education.