Master of Science in Journalism

Program Contact: Molly Yanity 203-582-5031

The MS in Journalism program emphasizes the command of journalism fundamentals and new technologies—all in the service of effective and innovative storytelling. A core of foundational courses stresses the development and practice of reporting and digital skills, and provides a solid underpinning in media ethics.

The program is designed so that students, in consultation with their adviser, develop areas of inquiry to engage in a deep exploration of current issues. By taking elective courses in communications and other areas of the university, students are equipped with the knowledge and insight that lead to high-quality journalistic work.

Our graduates are nimble and adaptable journalists who excel at gathering facts, conducting interviews, writing and producing informative and engaging stories, and expertly using a variety of digital tools.

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.

Prior to entering the program, students who do not have a journalism background must complete the boot camp course.

MS in Journalism Curriculum

The MS in Journalism is offered in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences. In the School of Communications, students receive journalism-specific theoretical grounding and skills-based instruction. Once matriculated, students must choose an area of inquiry. In collaboration with their academic advisor, students design a course of study that uses elective courses—selected from a pre-approved menu—to deepen their understanding of particular areas of interest.

To earn the master’s degree, students must complete 30 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. Full-time students can complete the program in two semesters and one summer term.

SAMPLE FULL-TIME SCHEDULE

Before fall semester begins:
Boot Camp (if necessary) - Boot Camp credits do not count toward degree.
First Semester
JRN 501Reporting and Fact-Checking3
JRN 504Digital Essentials3
Elective Course3
Elective Course3
Second Semester
JRN 546Digital News Production3
JRN 552Media Law & Ethics3
JRN 600Capstone Proposal3
Elective Course3
Summer Semester
JRN 601Capstone Project3
Elective Course3
Total Credits30

Program of Study

Required Courses
JRN 501Reporting and Fact-Checking3
JRN 504Digital Essentials3
JRN 546Digital News Production3
JRN 552Media Law & Ethics3
The capstone is a two-semester course that culminates with a professional quality master's project.
JRN 600Capstone Proposal3
JRN 601Capstone Project3
Electives
Students will select four courses in a concentration they will determine with their adviser.12
Total Credits30

Students may take other electives with permission of their advisor. Electives are offered on an as-needed basis and may not be available during a given student’s program of study.

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Learning Objectives

Students in the Master of Science in Journalism program:

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

Admission

To qualify for admission, candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Journalism experience is not required.

Admission to the MS in Journalism program is competitive and based on undergraduate performance as measured by GPA, experience in any career field for students returning to school and the required documents listed below.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and students apply to enter during the fall. Applications are evaluated once all materials are received by Quinnipiac.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • application form
  • application fee
  • two professional recommendations
  • personal statement explaining decision to pursue graduate study
  • current resume
  • portfolio of writing or work samples (i.e., college papers, videos, audio clips or published work of any kind)
  • official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work