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

Master of Arts (MA) Program: The Master of Arts in Journalism is a research-oriented, thesis program of 30 credits. The program is intended for experienced journalists, academics and others who are looking for a more scholarly master’s program. Students in the MA program must successfully complete a thesis under the supervision of a graduate advisor. Students must complete a theory class, a methods class, and 6 credits of master’s thesis research.

Master’s in Journalism (MJ) Program: The Masters in Journalism degree is a non-thesis program that requires up to 36 credits. This program is intended for students, whether experienced or not, who want to work as professional journalists after graduation. MJ students’ degree program culminates in a review of their journalism portfolio by a panel of faculty and professionals. There is no thesis requirement for MJ students. Broadcast or multi-platform students may further specialize in investigative, computational/data or sports focuses and may also steer their degree into other types of journalism through course selection. In their last semester, MJ students enroll in a six-credit capstone course in one of the Capital News Service (CNS) bureaus on campus, in Annapolis or Washington, D.C.

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. Even more opportunities are available through the new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.
  • 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.