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Here are some common questions that we receive from Ph.D. applicants:

Q: Why is Merrill’s Ph.D. program different from all other programs?

A: There are at least two reasons. One is our location near Washington, D.C., where you will have access to a wealth of information and government agencies to conduct high-quality and cutting-edge research. The second reason is a team of dedicated scholars who work closely with you during your studies. Our published and award-winning faculty members are always working to make Merrill’s Ph.D. program the best it can be for all students who come to the program.

Q: Do I need a master’s degree to be admitted to Merrill’s Ph.D. program in Journalism Studies?

A: While we do not require a master’s degree, most of the students we admit have a master’s — sometimes in a social science, humanities, or a professional field. We are most interested in a demonstration of interest in research.

Q: What jobs can you get with a Ph.D. in Journalism Studies?

A: Most of our Ph.D. graduates teach at the university level.

About 80% of our Ph.D. graduates have found employment in research and teaching — which is an excellent placement rate for a Ph.D. program.

Q: If I am a working journalist and want to switch careers, is your Ph.D. program for me?

A: Yes, if you are passionate about research and teaching. Our high job placement rate is because many of our students have professional journalism experience and skills. This gives our Ph.D. students an edge in the job market.

Q: How long does the Ph.D. program typically take?

A: The average time to completion is about 4 1/2 to five years.

Q: Where do I send my official transcript(s)?

A: Upload a copy of your official transcript in the “Previous Education” section in the online application to the Graduate School. If you are offered admission and choose to enroll, you will need to send your official transcript (in a sealed envelope) with a literal English translation and proof of your degree to:

The Graduate School
University of Maryland
2123 Lee Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Q: Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Sarah Oates
Associate Dean, Research
Knight Hall 2215

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