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Master of Science in Sports Journalism

The numbers from Nielsen are staggering. 

  • 114.4 million people watched the 2015 Super Bowl, making it the most watched broadcast in U.S. TV history.
  • The 2015 NCAA men's basketball tournament drew its largest audience in 22 years — 11.3 million total viewers.
  • The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics men's hockey game between USA and Russia achieved a record rating for NBCSN.
  • The hours of sports programming between 2003 and 2013 grew 213 percent.
  • The 2014 World Cup match between USA and Portugal drew an average of 24.7 million viewers.
  • The average time spent on sports websites jumped 42 percent between April and September 2013.

Quinnipiac's MS in Sports Journalism, with its focus on broadcast and multimedia, stands among the first in the nation to recognize the importance of linking our mission to prepare students for satisfying professional careers in the context of thoughtful approaches to coverage of sports as a global cultural phenomenon. Our overarching goal matches that of our students: insert the knowledge and passion for sports into an academic framework that combines knowledge, creativity and skills to in preparation for careers in sports journalism as practiced on television, websites and mobile apps.

It doesn't hurt that our campus stands amid the economic cluster of sports media companies arrayed along the I-95 corridor between Boston and Florida. ESPN is just 15 miles north of our Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn; NBCSN is just 45 minutes to our south. SNY, MSG, YES, MLB TV, NBA TV and the NHL Network's U.S. studios are all a commuter train ride away.

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

Master's degree 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.

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, a 4K video editing suite, HD editing suites for single or group projects, an audio suite, and other areas designed to support both studio and remote productions. 

Moreover, Quinnipiac competes in NCAA Division I athletics, with nationally ranked teams in men's and women's hockey. We consider our TD Bank Sports Center—where basketball, hockey, acrobatics and tumbling compete—to be a classroom. 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.

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 sports
  • Producers for broadcast, cable and network television sports
  • Producers for sports websites and mobile apps
  • Writers for broadcast, cable and network television sports
  • Writers for sports websites and mobile apps

Previous journalism experience is not required to apply.

Our MS in journalism program received "perfect satisfaction scores" for Intellectual Excitement, Quality of Instruction and Faculty Commitment, according to the February 2012 MS in Journalism Alumni Survey Analysis conducted by Hanover Research. The analysis also found that more than 75 percent of Quinnipiac's journalism program alumni are engaged in the professional practice of journalism, showing that we are calibrated to the needs of professional news media organizations and, importantly, start-ups seeking to move the job of news reporting to the next generation of readers.

Admissions Requirements

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. Previous journalism experience is not required to apply.

Admission to the sports journalism program is highly competitive and based on undergraduate performance as measured by GPA, experience in any career field and the required documents listed below.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and students may apply to enter during the fall. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible to ensure consideration for the semester desired. Applications are evaluated once all materials and fees are received by Quinnipiac.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application form and fee
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Letter of intent explaining decision to pursue graduate study
  • Current resumé
  • Portfolio of samples (i.e., college papers, videos, audio clips or published work of any kind)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work

Applications are accepted for the fall semester only. The admissions committee will not review an application until all of the supporting documents are received. Students can expect to receive a decision within four weeks of a completed application.

For more information, please contact:
Graduate Admissions Office
203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940

Curriculum + Requirements

Students must complete 36 credits for the master of science in sports journalism. Full-time students can complete the program in one calendar year. Part-time students can do it in two.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses (33 credits)
JRN 524 Broadcast Journalism 3
JRN 560 Multimedia Sports Reporting 3
JRN 562 Sports Law & Ethics 3
JRN 563 Sports Analytics 3
JRN 564 Presenting & Producing Sports for Radio 3
JRN 565 Presenting & Producing Sports for TV: Remote 3
JRN 566 Presenting & Producing Sports for TV: Studio 3
JRN 573 Sports Literature 3
JRN 589 Critical Issues in Sports 3
JRN 595 Sports Clinical 3
JRN 601/602 Master's Project or Thesis 3
Elective Courses (3 credits)
JRN 500 Special Topics 3
JRN 528 Information Graphics & Design 3
JRN 530 Independent Study 3
JRN 531 Internship 3
JRN 542 Graduate Seminar 3
JRN 574 Crafting the Sports Feature 3
JRN 580 Investigative Reporting 3
JRN 582 American Sports History 3
JRN 588 Researching & Writing the Sports Documentary 3

Students may take any course not listed as a requirement in any School of Communications graduate program with permission from 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.

Contact Us / Request More Information

Interested in learning more about the program? Contact the program director or fill out our Graduate Admissions Information Request Form and an admissions representative will get in touch.

Rich Hanley, associate professor of journalism
Quinnipiac University
School of Communications
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Telephone: 203-582-3739
E-mail: gradcomm@quinnipiac.edu