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Merrill College master's cohort

Master's Admissions

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism focuses on helping our master’s students learn real-world, hands-on journalism. As a #merrillmade fearless journalist, you’ll be job-ready upon graduation.

Students pursuing our Master of Journalism or our from-anywhere data journalism master’s learn skills that make them innovative, invaluable members of newsrooms of all kinds.  

  • We will train you to be a great storyteller in a variety of mediums.
  • You will receive the technical skills and ethical training required for success in an industry that is ever-changing.
  • Our location provides unparalleled internship opportunities at places like The Washington Post, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters,, Vice and NPR, among others.
  • The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, The Shirley Povich Center for Sports JournalismCapital News Service and other specialty courses train students in public affairs reporting, computational and data journalism, investigative reporting, sports journalism and more. Our students learn to develop stories with impact.
  • Our students land jobs across the nation — from New York City to Los Angeles — and around the world.

Admission to our master’s programs is highly competitive. By keeping our classes small, we are able to work intensively with each student to develop his or her skills, portfolio and professional network.

By taking a skills-intensive and hands-on approach to education, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism prepares our students for careers in a rapidly evolving industry.

Questions? Need more information? Contact Serap Rada, assistant director of graduate studies.

* University of Maryland tuition information

Here are the application requirements for Merrill College's Master's in Journalism, Master of Arts in Journalism, and Master of Professional Studies in Data Journalism programs:

  • Statement of purpose (NOTE TO DATA JOURNALISM APPLICANTS: Please outline your interest in data journalism in this statement.)
  • Three writing samples
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL for international students
  • Portfolio is optional
  • GRE is optional
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