Howard Center students conducting interviews in Baltimore.

Become #MerrillMade

Learn from the best. Become one of the best.

Practice real-world journalism from day one, with guidance from our all-star, experienced faculty. All at one of the nation's top public universities, on the doorstep of the journalism capital of the world.

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Jan. 20
Regular undergraduate application deadline
Jan. 29
Ph.D. program application deadline
Feb. 5
Master's program application deadline
Top 10
Merrill College has been ranked a top-10 journalism school by multiple services
17
Pulitzer Prizes and Peabody Awards won or directed by current faculty and staff
18
Maximum number of students per skills class at Merrill College

Why Merrill?

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism prepares you for the real world. Our students report from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis and College Park through our Capital News Service. They investigate issues of national importance at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and learn to look beyond the box score at the The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. Data reporting is weaved through every inch of our curriculum and practiced in our signature programs. Our graduates are hired and desired by the top news outlets in the country.

There are a few standout journalism colleges in the country. But Merrill is the only one standing in the media capital of the world, which serves as its laboratory.

Kevin Blackistone
Kevin Blackistone Professor of the Practice
Howard Center
Howard Center

The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism allows students to work with news organizations and universities across the country to report stories of national and international importance.

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Alumnus Daniel Oyefusi signs the Povich Center wall.
Povich Center

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism serves students, professional journalists, the university and the greater community through its public panels, workshops, research and analysis.

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Capital News Service College Park Bureau
Capital News Service

Overseen by professional journalists, Capital News Service is the University of Maryland’s student-powered news organization with bureaus and news teams in Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington and College Park.

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NABJ
National Association of Black Journalists

NABJ, headquartered in Knight Hall, is an organization of journalists, students and media professionals providing quality programs and services to, and advocating on behalf of, Black journalists.

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Knight Hall
More Centers and Organizations

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism hosts and supports a number of signature centers and organizations in Knight Hall, a state-of-the-art facility just a few miles from Washington, D.C.

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Master's Cohort 2019
Cutting-Edge Research

The college's faculty and graduate students are active researchers, serving the public and the profession by producing rigorous scholarly work that seeks to improve journalism.

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#MerrillMade Alumni

Portrait of Connie Chung

Connie Chung

Former TV Anchor/Correspondent, CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC
Portrait of Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Editor In Chief, San Francisco Chronicle
Portrait of Scott Van Pelt

Scott Van Pelt

Anchor, ESPN SportsCenter
Portrait of Maria Douglas Reeve

Maria Douglas Reeve

Managing Editor, Houston Chronicle
Portrait of Sara Murray

Sara Murray

Political Correspondent, CNN
Portrait of Robert Klemko

Robert Klemko

Reporter, The Washington Post

News

  • Washington Post's Krissah Thompson '02, Student Camryn DeLuca To Speak At Merrill's Winter 2020 Commencement

    COLLEGE PARK (12/17/20) -- Krissah Thompson, The Washington Post’s first managing editor for diversity and inclusion, and graduating senior Camryn DeLuca will be the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s winter commencement speakers, Dean Lucy A. Dalglish announced.

  • Merrill College Professor/Former Dean Kevin Klose To Retire At End Of Fall 2020 Semester

    COLLEGE PARK (12/15/20) -- Professor Kevin Klose, former dean at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, announced he will retire at the end of the Fall 2020 semester. Klose, 80, has taught at Merrill College since serving as dean from 2009 to 2012. He taught journalism as literature, ethics and leadership courses for Merrill College and for the university’s honors program. 

  • Championship Chat: In Povich Center Panel, Former Terps Cover The Bases On 2020 World Series

    By Annie Dankelson Maryland Today Six weeks after facing each other in Game 4 of the 2020 World Series, former Terps Brandon Lowe and Adam Kolarek met again last night, this time swinging at questions from Mark Hyman, director of UMD’s Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. Hyman wasn’t throwing softballs, either, when he asked Lowe, the Tampa Bay Rays’ second baseman, what it was like to be struck out by Kolarek, a relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.