The industry is changing. Your skills should change, too.
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism has what you need.

Our Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Multimedia Journalism teaches the skills most in demand today for communication professionals in news organizations, nonprofits and business.

The 12-credit, four-course graduate certificate program is designed for working professionals:

  • Classes meet on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters, so there’s no conflict with work schedules.
  • Classes may be taken individually over a two-year period, or two at a time, enrollment permitting.
  • No GREs are required. Simply submit official undergraduate transcripts, a resume or CV, and a brief statement of purpose through the online application.
  • Completion of all four courses provides media professionals with a strong understanding of digital communication, including the fundamentals of web production, shooting and editing photos, video and audio, and use of mobile and social media tools. In addition, a media entrepreneurship class guides students through the steps of researching and pitching a startup digital business that could operate within an existing company or as a new enterprise.
  • Full-time University of Maryland employees qualify for full tuition remission.

Need more? Merrill College also offers full-time master’s degree programs. In fact, you can apply up to three of the four certificate classes toward a master’s degree.

Please contact certificate program Director Chris Harvey, at charvey@umd.edu, for more information about the four-course program, or Associate Dean Rafael Lorente, at rlorente@umd.edu, about the master’s degree. Graduate coordinator Serap Rada, at sdrada@umd.edu, can also field questions about both programs.

Learn more about the application process and tuition and fees.

Apply here, using program code Z071.


Fall Semester 2019 Courses (please apply by July 26):

Classes are held in Knight Hall on the College Park campus on 12 Saturdays from Sept. 7 though Dec. 7, 2019. There are no classes on Oct. 19 (the midpoint) and Nov. 30 (when campus closes for Thanksgiving weekend).

  • JOUR 604: Introduction to Multimedia Skills for Graduate Certificate ProgramsSaturdays: 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Room 1101 Knight Hall. Instructors: Adjunct Lecturers Jennifer Rynda and Shanaz Baksh.

The course examines the basics of producing and editing digital photos, video and audio for news. Topics include framing, lighting and other aspects of composition; sequencing, using wide, medium and tight shots; and ethical considerations when collecting sound and visuals. Note: The college loans out cameras for this class during fall semester.

  • JOUR 652: Interactive Design and Development, Saturdays: 1:30–5:15 p.m., Room 2105 Knight Hall. Instructor: Adjunct Lecturer Eric Falquero.

The course introduces basic web-coding skills and tools to allow students to write and create digital news and feature packages. Students learn the basics of html, css and responsive design and are introduced to interactive graphics and data visualization. They build a portfolio package using WordPress and an interactive story project in code. Note: The university makes available the Adobe software suite and Word for download to your laptop while you are enrolled here. 


Spring Semester 2019 Courses:

Classes are held in Knight Hall on the University of Maryland, College Park campus, on 12 Saturdays starting Feb. 2 and ending May 4, 2019, with the following days off: March 23 (spring break) and April 20 (Easter/Passover weekend).

JOUR623: Mobile Journalism, Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Knight Hall, Room 3202. Instructor: Associate Professor Ron Yaros

The course introduces several mobile applications and hands-on skills needed to collect and share news in the field. Students learn to remotely post information and stories to blogs and social networks and practice the latest location-based production techniques. Students use laptops (and their own smartphones) to record, edit and upload audio and video. 

JOUR455: Media Entrepreneurship, Saturdays: 1:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Knight Hall, Room 1101. Instructor: Adjunct Lecturer Tom Davidson

Basic business and entrepreneurship concepts will be covered, and the class will explore how technology is transforming the business of media. Students develop and pitch ideas for media businesses, learn startup basics, do exercises in Internet advertising and business plan analysis, use social networks and other digital communication tools, and perform other hands-on exercises in business development and presentation.


DSC_0218Practical Training Focus

The graduate certificate program blends practical training in video, audio, photography, blogging and social media and interactive web publishing with the critical application of editorial, ethical and legal principles in digital media. This is a program designed for professional journalists and communicators to learn the skills and concepts needed for digital storytelling across media platforms, particularly the internet and mobile devices. It will supercharge your journalism career.

Up to nine credits earned in the certificate program may later be counted toward a master’s degree at Merrill College, for students admitted to that program.

The master’s certificate program offers updated skills to news and communication professionals trying to stay current in a world of rapidly changing technology and software.  Many times, the skills learned in class can be applied the following week at work.