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 M.A. 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.
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 news outlet, the student-run WMUC radio, and the Maryland Athletic Department’s TerpsTV. Big Ten Network also provides opportunities for our students to learn by doing.
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 Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.
Computational and Data Focus