Master of Science in Journalism

Program Contact: Phillip Simon 203-582-8274

The Master of Science in Journalism program prepares students from all academic and professional backgrounds for careers in broadcast/multimedia news and in traditional and emerging media companies.

The program features training in the principles, tools, craft, history and ethics of contemporary journalism in the context of innovative approaches to reporting and presenting information via social media and other forms. Our goal is simple: promote knowledge, creativity and skill in service to a career described by television producer Matt Weiner as one that “smacks of adventure and intellect.”

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

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, this program prepares students for the daily test-of-strength that is news reporting in the 21st century regardless of the distribution platform.

Students who successfully complete the program will be properly trained for a number of career opportunities including on-camera reporters and anchors for broadcast, cable and network television news; producers for broadcast, cable and network television news; producers for news websites and mobile apps; writers for broadcast, cable and network television news; and writers for news websites and mobile apps.

Courses and labs are offered in the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, the core of the School of Communications’ professional all-digital broadcast production environment. The center includes 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.

MS in Journalism Curriculum

 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. Full-time students can complete the program in one calendar year. Part-time students can do it in two.

Program of Study

Select one: JRN 501 or an elective from those available in consultation with your adviser.
JRN 501Reporting and News Writing (Required for students with no background in journalism)3
Required Courses
JRN 500Special Topics in Journalism3
JRN 504Digital Reporting3
JRN 521Audio Storytelling3
JRN 524TV Reporting3
JRN 528Data Journalism3
JRN 545TV Production3
JRN 546Digital, Social and Video Production3
JRN 552Media Law & Ethics3
JRN 575Critical Issues in Journalism3
JRN 590Newsroom Clinical (SPS 490)3
JRN 601Master's Project3
or JRN 602 Thesis
Total Credits36

Students may take any course as an elective in any School of Communications graduate program with permission of the program director. 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 learn to:

  • Understand professional journalistic practices, ethical standards and technologies and be 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.


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