Established in February 2009, the mission of the Merrill Graduate Student Association is to:

Membership in MGSA is open to all full- or part-time master’s or doctoral students enrolled at the University of Maryland-College Park’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism . The MGSA is not open to undergraduate students.

The MGSA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.