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Dual-Degree BA or BS/MS in Journalism (4+1)

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Introduction

Whether you plan on becoming a foreign correspondent, covering the business world or reporting on the latest developments in Silicon Valley or in your own home town, this five-year program will prepare you to thrive in a contemporary media landscape.

Program Overview

Our Dual-Degree BA/MS or BS/MS in journalism program offers the flexibility to choose any undergraduate major that fits your particular interests and professional goals, and then get a head start on your master’s degree by taking graduate-level courses your senior year. The master’s component focuses on broadcast and multimedia journalism, so you’ll be ready to pursue a career in local, cable or network news or as a reporter for an online outlet. 

You’ll explore roles both on and off camera, by reporting, writing, shooting and editing news pieces using an array of sophisticated equipment in the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center. This collaborative, hands-on work will familiarize you with modern techniques in broadcast journalism and offer plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience. The center includes a high-definition studio, HD and 4K editing suites and other tools designed to support both studio and remote productions. 

Quinnipiac was rated a Top 10 school for media professionals by LinkedIn, due in large part to the success our alumni have in the industry. Our alumni are working at CNN, ESPN and every major broadcast network. 

 

Curriculum and Requirements

Dual-Degree BA/MS or BS/MS in Journalism (4+1) Program of Study

Current Quinnipiac undergraduate students may apply for the five-year dual-degree bachelor’s/master’s program in their junior year.

Students in the dual-degree program complete up to 3 credits of graduate courses during their senior year, which also fulfills undergraduate electives. Students must work with their undergraduate adviser to ensure that the courses fit into their degree programs.

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 adviser, 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 Schedule

Senior Year (Fourth Year)
Fall or Spring Semester
JRN Elective3
Graduate Study (Fifth Year)
Fall Semester
JRN 501Reporting and Fact-Checking3
JRN 504Digital Essentials3
JRN Elective3
JRN Elective3
Spring Semester
JRN 546Digital News Production3
JRN 552Media Law and Ethics3
JRN 600Capstone Proposal3
JRN Elective3
Summer Semester
JRN 601Capstone Project3
Total Credits30

Program of Study

Required Courses
JRN 501Reporting and Fact-Checking3
JRN 504Digital Essentials3
JRN 546Digital News Production3
JRN 552Media Law and Ethics3
The capstone is a two-semester course that culminates with a professional quality master's project.
JRN 600Capstone Proposal3
JRN 601Capstone Project3
Elective Courses
Students select four courses in a concentration they determine with their adviser. Students may take other electives with permission of their adviser. Electives are offered on an as-needed basis and may not be available during a given student’s program of study.12
Total Credits30

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Students may apply for provisional acceptance to the MS in Journalism program during the second semester of their junior year. Applications for this special program are available through the School of Communications.

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