Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/Master’s in Sports Journalism (4+1)

Program Contact: Molly Yanity 203-582-5031

Quinnipiac offers a five-year Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/Master’s in Sports Journalism (4+1) for students who are currently enrolled in any Quinnipiac undergraduate program and wish to pursue graduate studies at the university. If accepted, students can take up to 6 credits of graduate courses during their senior year beginning in the fall semester with the permission of the graduate sports journalism director. Those credits can be applied to both undergraduate and graduate programs. Applications for the dual-degree program are available through the School of Communications.

The Master of Science in Sports Journalism prepares students from all academic and professional backgrounds for careers in broadcast/multimedia sports and in traditional and emerging media companies that focus on reporting and analysis of sports.

The program features training in the principles, tools, craft, history and ethics of contemporary sports journalism in the context of innovative approaches to reporting and presenting information via social media and other forms. Our goal is simple: to transform a lifelong passion for sports into a successful career.

The curriculum prepares students for careers in local, cable and network television news and for websites with a strong visual component.

Students are challenged to develop story ideas through reasoning and observation, to analyze data and public documents, to wisely conduct interviews, to learn the technical skills to acquire and edit video and audio, and, above all, to write with discipline, poise and creative vitality. In short, our program prepares students for the daily test-of-strength that is sports reporting in the 21st century regardless of the distribution platform.

Students who successfully complete the program are properly trained for a number of career opportunities including on-camera reporters and anchors for broadcast, cable and network television news, play-by-play announcers, analysts, and talk show hosts for terrestrial, online and satellite radio, producers for broadcast, cable and network television news, producers for news websites, and writers for broadcast news and websites.

Courses and labs are offered in our professional all-digital broadcast production environment. Our facilities include a high-definition studio, two 4K video editing suites, HD editing suites for single or group projects, and other areas designed to support both studio and remote productions.

Video cameras, audio recorders, lights and other gear required to capture interviews and events in the field are available to students through our well-stocked and expertly maintained equipment inventory. In addition, students have access to the People’s United Center for the coverage of games and interviews.

Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/Master’s (4+1) Program of Study

Current Quinnipiac undergraduate students may apply for the five-year dual-degree bachelor’s/master’s program in their junior year.

Students in the Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/Master’s in Sports Journalism (4+1) program complete up to 6 credits of graduate courses during their senior year, which also fulfills undergraduate electives. Students must work with their undergraduate adviser to ensure that the courses fit into their degree programs.

To earn the master’s degree, students must complete 36 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no grade less than a C. Any course with a grade of less than C must be retaken.

Sample Schedule

Senior Year (Fourth Year)
Fall Semester
JRN Required Course3
Spring Semester
JRN Required Course3
Graduate Study (Fifth Year)
Fall Semester
JRN Required Courses12
Spring Semester
JRN Required Courses12
Summer Semester
JRN 601Capstone Project3
JRN Elective 3
Total Credits36

Program of Study

Required Courses
JRN 504Digital Essentials3
JRN 524TV Reporting3
JRN 562Sports Law and Ethics3
JRN 563Sports Analytics3
JRN 564Presenting and Producing Radio Sports3
JRN 565Presenting and Producing Television Sports: Remote3
JRN 566Presenting and Producing Television Sports: Studio3
JRN 574Crafting the Sports Feature3
JRN 589Critical Issues in Sports3
JRN 595Sports Clinical3
JRN 601Capstone Project3
Elective Course
Select one elective from those available in consultation with your adviser. Students may take any course in any School of Communications graduate program with permission of program director. Electives are offered on an as-needed basis and may not be available during a given student’s program of study.3
Total Credits36

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Understand professional sports journalistic practices, ethical standards and technologies and be able to apply reason to develop ideas within these structures.
  2. Analyze information based on sports journalistic practices of research, interviews and observation.
  3. Evaluate information in determining the story’s narrative structure and reach via social media and other applications.
  4. Report and compose a story, either visual, multimedia or text, that informs, enlightens, entertains and is useful to the reader or audience within professional sports journalistic reporting and writing practices and ethical standards.

Admission

Quinnipiac University students from any undergraduate major may apply to the dual-degree bachelor's/master’s program during their junior year. The deadline is the third Friday in February. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater by the end of their junior year. 
 
An application should be submitted to graduate programs director in the School of Communications and consists of the following:
  • application form
  • resume
  • two letters of reference (one from a professor in the student’s major)
  • a personal statement