Master of Science in Sports Journalism

Program Contact: Phillip Simon 203-582-8274

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, 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, 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 will be 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 mobile apps, and writers for broadcast news, websites and mobile apps.

The program offers courses and labs 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. In addition, students will have access to the TD Bank Sports Center for the coverage of games and interviews.

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 Sports Journalism

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

Required Courses
JRN 524TV Reporting3
JRN 560Multimedia Sports Reporting3
JRN 562Sports Law & Ethics3
JRN 563Sports Analytics3
JRN 564Presenting & Producing Radio Sports3
JRN 565Presenting and Producing Television Sports: Remote3
JRN 566Presenting and Producing Television Sports: Studio3
JRN 573Sports Literature3
JRN 589Critical Issues in Sports3
JRN 595Sports Clinical3
JRN 601Master's Project3
or JRN 602 Thesis
Elective Courses3
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.
Total Credits36

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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 sports 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 and fees 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

Students who complete the Master of Science in Sports Journalism program learn to:

  • Understand professional sports journalistic practices, ethical standards and technologies and be able to apply reason to develop ideas within these structures.
  • Analyze information based on sports 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 sports journalistic reporting and writing practices and ethical standards.