From interviewing NFL players after a big game to covering the Olympics, sports journalism requires a blend of technical and storytelling skills and the drive to inform and entertain a passionate audience. Developed in part by sports TV executives, our curriculum prepares you for a successful career in multimedia sports production and broadcasting.
We’ll give you the journalistic foundation to cover not only what’s happening on the field, but to dig deeper to uncover the financial, health and ethical issues facing the world of sports today. In our Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, you’ll build websites, write scripts and shoot, edit and produce video using the latest equipment in our high-definition studio and the HD and Ultra HD (4K) editing suites.
You’ll learn from current and former professionals and join an alumni network that spans the nation. Quinnipiac was rated a Top 10 school for media professionals by LinkedIn, in large part due to the success of our alumni in the industry, many of whom are employed at ESPN, NBC Sports, Northeast Sports Network, Sports New York and professional teams and leagues throughout the country.
Our Career Development team is here to help you realize your career dreams, whether it's becoming an on-field commentator for the NFL, producing programs on MLB network or covering the Olympics for ESPN, we've got your covered. We will help prepare you in all areas of developing your career including resume writing, networking and getting you in front of the employers who will kickstart your career. Our team also has relationships with companies covering all media from newspapers and magazines to radio and broadcast and everything in between, so we will help you fulfill your career aspirations, no matter how big or small.
Visit our Career Development page to learn about all of the ways we can help you market yourself and land your dream job!
Curriculum and Requirements
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
|JRN 524||TV Reporting||3|
|JRN 560||Multimedia Sports Reporting||3|
|JRN 562||Sports Law & Ethics||3|
|JRN 563||Sports Analytics||3|
|JRN 564||Presenting & Producing Radio Sports||3|
|JRN 565||Presenting and Producing Television Sports: Remote||3|
|JRN 566||Presenting and Producing Television Sports: Studio||3|
|JRN 573||Sports Literature||3|
|JRN 589||Critical Issues in Sports||3|
|JRN 595||Sports Clinical||3|
|JRN 601||Master's Project||3|
|or JRN 602||Thesis|
|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.|
Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.
Additional course details
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The sports journalism program begins in the fall semester only.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The suggested deadline is on or before July 30; however we will accept applications beyond that.
International applicants: Deadline for admission is April 30.
The School of Communications invites applications from prospective students who wish to pursue the professional practice of sports journalism. Recent graduates of a bachelor's degree program outside of the communications or journalism fields are welcome to apply, as are prospective students who are presently working and wish to either shift careers or enhance their professional standing.
To be considered for admission to the MS in sports journalism program, you must first possess a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- A completed application
- An official transcript
- Two letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf
- A letter of personal intent (approximately 500 words)
- A current resume and a portfolio of relevant writing or work samples (i.e., college papers, videos, audio clips or published work of any kind)
3+1 and 4+1 Programs Admissions
There are separate application processes for the accelerated four-year (3+1) and five-year (4+1) BA or BFA/MS program in journalism, sports journalism, public relations or interactive media programs.
If you're considering one of Quinnipiac's outstanding graduate programs, you're on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.
Please reach out to us with questions about the application process.
Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940