We stand at a crucial and exciting time in the field of journalism, with an explosion of new techniques for gathering, producing and reporting the news. Our Master’s in Journalism program places you at the forefront of this evolution, teaching you how to create engaging stories across numerous platforms while maintaining the highest commitment to integrity and professionalism.

Program Overview

Leading the future of journalism

Major networks, local news broadcasts and websites, and media start-ups are looking for a new generation of multitalented journalists, driven to get to the truth and publish it while adhering to the highest ethical standards of the profession. In our program, we prepare you to work as a complete, modern journalist. From sports and human interest to local news and politics, you’ll learn to seek out the story, master the information and ask the difficult questions. You’ll also master the latest technology and develop techniques with which to tell those stories to the public. 

The program stresses hands-on immersion, building upon the knowledge you’ve already acquired as an undergraduate to prepare you to excel in any newsroom from day one. You’ll polish your work and refine your skills in first-rate facilities using the same industry-standard production tools utilized by leading news operations, including 360-degree cameras, VR headsets and an array of other top-shelf still and video cameras and equipment.

Learning the skills is half of the experience; learning the business is the other half — and this business is one that your professors know cold. They work closely with you, sharing their decades of experience and preparing you for internships at some of the most well-known outlets for television, radio, digital and print in the industry. These are both crucial and exciting times in the field. It’s time to get out there and take the lead. It’s time to get serious about your career in journalism.

Video Overview

Life After Quinnipiac

On the air, in the field and behind the scenes

Our alumni not only succeed in the business, but are driving it forward. Graduates enjoy a 90-percent job placement rate, and have made a name for themselves at major networks, media companies, professional sports teams and some of the country’s most prestigious newspapers. 

From the evening news to National Public Radio broadcasts and post-game reports, there is a good chance you’ve seen the faces of our alumni, heard their voices and read their words.

Some of the companies where our alumni work include:

  • CBS Radio
  • ESPN
  • Fox 61
  • Fox News Channel
  • KCBS
  • MLB TV
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Storyful
  • Hartford Courant
  • New England News Collaborative
  • New York Post
  • WFSB
  • WTNH
  • WVIT

Students fly a drone outside the Center for Communications and Engineering on Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel Campus under the guidance of Kent Golden, instructor of communications and owner of Golden Multimedia.

Sky-high standards

Our professors bring a wealth of expertise that will ensure you are introduced to the latest advancements in technology. Here, students fly a drone outside the Center for Communications and Engineering on Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel Campus under the guidance of Kent Golden, instructor of communications and owner of Golden Multimedia.

Active Learning Philosophy

Don’t wait for the story — break it

The stakes and standards of the media world are high, and your education has to help you meet those expectations. In our MS in Journalism program, you learn by doing. In front of the camera and behind it, you start refining instincts and expertise from the beginning. You’ll learn to create top-notch programming in our high-definition television studio and production suite; experience the flow of a real newsroom in our media innovation classroom; study and collaborate in our iMAC-equipped open media lab; and perfect video footage and digital graphics in our 4K editing facilities. Our full screening theater enables you see the final product brought to life. 

Here, there is no line between student and professional. You’ll work as part of a team to create a production, and learn the difference between taking credit for something and earning it. You’ll build industry skills on campus while gaining industry experience through internships at some of the most respected presences in television, radio, digital and print in the region.

Our students have held internships at such companies as:

  • ABC News 20/20
  • Billboard Magazine
  • CBS
  • ESPN
  • Fox Networks
  • Hartford Courant 
  • iHeart Media
  • NBC Universal
  • New England News Collaborative
  • Sports New York

Location

An education that’s on location

In the world of journalism, geography matters. Centered in the media corridor between New York and Boston, our program places you ahead of the starting line, providing opportunities for growth and learning in a diverse region that reflects the world you’ll cover. 

The northeast is home to many of the nation’s most iconic magazines, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers and longest running network news programs. This is where news contacts are made, and deep professional networks formed. You’ll be part of a growing alumni base made up of rising stars at ESPN, CNN, the New York Post, the Hartford Courant and numerous local news sites and TV stations.

Molly Qerim, a Quinnipiac alum and host of First Take, during taping of the show at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

Live action

Molly Qerim has co-hosted First Take, ESPN’s live weekday morning debate show, since July 2015. She is in good company at ESPN, working alongside several graduates of Quinnipiac’s undergraduate and graduate programs of journalism.

Putting your education to work

“I am so grateful for the time I spent at Quinnipiac. I had tremendous professors who offered personalized attention while I honed my skills through practical experience and the use of the state-of-the-art equipment on campus.”
Molly Qerim MS ’08
Molly Qerim during a taping of First Take with co-host Max Kellerman.

In the spotlight

Molly Qerim during a taping of First Take with co-host Max Kellerman.

Curriculum and Requirements

Your future is in the field — we get you there ahead of deadline

Our program is intensive, creation-heavy and meant to get you into the career you love as soon as possible, with everything you need to hit the ground running.  

 

MS in Journalism Curriculum

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

Program of Study

Course List
Required Courses
JRN 503Analytics for News Reporting3
JRN 504Multimedia Reporting3
JRN 521Audio Storytelling3
JRN 524Broadcast Journalism3
JRN 528Information Graphics and Design3
JRN 539History of Journalism3
JRN 552Media Law & Ethics3
JRN 575Critical Issues in Journalism3
JRN 580Investigative Reporting3
JRN 590Newsroom Clinical (SPS 490)3
JRN 601Master's Project3
or JRN 602 Thesis
Elective Courses
Select one of the following:3
JRN 500
Special Topics in Journalism
JRN 530
Independent Study (ICM530)
JRN 531
Graduate Internship
Total Credits36

Students may take any course as an elective in any School of Communications graduate program with permission of 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.

Admissions Requirements

Application Timeline


The 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.

Admission Requirements


The School of Communications invites applications from prospective students who wish to pursue the professional practice of 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 journalism program, you must first possess a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Required Documents


  • 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)

Admission Information for 3+1 and 4+1 Programs


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.

Questions


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
Email: graduate@qu.edu
Fax: 203-582-3443

Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940