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

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Program Overview

If you dream about covering the World Series or interviewing NFL players after a big game, our program will give you the technical skills and journalistic expertise to excel as a professional sports reporter working in TV or radio, on the web or with a mobile news app. This Dual-Degree five-year program lets you accelerate your education and begin taking graduate-level courses during your senior year. You’ll have the flexibility to choose any major that fits your interests and career ambitions, and can apply for the master’s component during your junior year. 

Sports journalism isn’t simply about keeping score. We’ll teach you not only to report on what’s happening on the field, but also to keep your audience informed about the financial, health and ethical issues facing professional and college sports today. You’ll also receive plenty of hands-on experience in our Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, where you’ll write scripts and shoot and edit video using cutting-edge equipment, including a high-definition studio, HD and 4K video editing suites. 

By covering Quinnipiac sporting events and interviewing athletes at the People’s United Center, you’ll be able to apply what you learn in the classroom while developing practical reporting skills. And you’ll benefit from our vast alumni network. 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. Our graduates are working at ESPN, CNN and every major broadcast network. 

Curriculum and Requirements

Dual-Degree BA/MS or BS/MS (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 BA/MS or BS/MS in Sports Journalism (4+1) program complete up to 6 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.

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.

Sample Schedule

Senior Year (Fourth Year)
Fall Semester
JRN Required Course3
Spring Semester
JRN Required Course3
Graduate Study (Fifth Year)
Fall Semester
JRN Required Courses12
Spring Semester
JRN Required Courses12
Summer Semester
JRN 601Capstone Project3
JRN Elective 3
Total Credits36

Program of Study

Required Courses
JRN 504Digital Essentials3
JRN 524TV Reporting3
JRN 562Sports Law and Ethics3
JRN 563Sports Analytics3
JRN 564Presenting and 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 601Capstone Project3
Elective Course
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.3
Total Credits36

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Students may apply for provisional acceptance to the MS in Sports 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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