The Master of 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. M.J. students’ degree program culminates in a review of their journalism portfolio by a panel of faculty and professionals. There is no thesis requirement for M.J. students. Broadcast or multiplatform students may further specialize in investigative, computational/data, or sports focus and may also steer their degree into other types of journalism through course selection. In their last semester, M.J. 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.
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