Master of Professional Studies in Data Journalism

Develop a deep understanding of how to tap into troves of data and communicate meaningful findings


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Merrill College has been ranked a top-10 journalism school by multiple services
17 Pulitzer Prizes and Peabody Awards
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University of Maryland College of Information Studies (iSchool) and the Merrill College will begin offering a from-anywhere Data Journalism master’s degree in the Fall 2022 semester.

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The two UMD colleges will combine the best of Merrill’s journalism training and the iSchool’s STEM data-management techniques to produce the next generation of data journalists, while students will be offered all the perks that come with attending one of the world’s top public research universities.

Courses will be offered both online and in-person, with it being possible to complete the degree from anywhere. Students can complete the degree entirely virtually, in person, or via a combination of the two.

Journalists, information professionals, data reporters who want to take their skills to the next level, and recent graduates will all find a home in this program.

Students will apply what they learn by receiving real-world, hands-on experience with a capstone requirement, either within Merrill’s Capital News Service, the UMD Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, or at one of the iSchool’s many partner organizations.

Diverse Students Walking Together on CampusThe UMD iSchool, with a history of activism and a continued mission to support social good, is a supportive and diverse community of 100 faculty and staff members and 1800+ students. Our students come to us from 37 countries with 29% from underrepresented groups and 44% female.

Courses are offered as a combination of in-person and online. However, if there are social distancing restrictions, all courses will be offered in appropriate spaces or online.


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