Curriculum – Master of Professional Studies in Data Journalism
Using both journalistic and scientific methods, student journalists and information professionals in the Data Journalism master’s program will learn to take their investigative chops to another level and to make a difference with their data skills.
Students will learn to responsibly leverage open data, results of public records requests, scraped (or otherwise automatically accumulated) data, and acquired data in their assessment, evaluation, and investigation of an issue.
The world-class faculties at Merrill College and the INFO College will prepare students to use open-source tools, application programming interfaces (APIs), and low-cost computing resources, and then use those resources to develop and visualize stories.
Students will apply what they learn by receiving real-world, hands-on experience with a final project or capstone requirement, either within Merrill’s Capital News Service, the UMD Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, or at one of the INFO College’s many partner organizations. The program is 36 credits in total, and can be taken fully online.