Leading the future of journalism
Quinnipiac’s MS in Journalism program molds multitalented writers, reporters and producers who can tell compelling stories across all distribution platforms. Our 30-credit curriculum blends the traditional with the contemporary, featuring a core that emphasizes digital production, reporting, storytelling and ethics.
Our flexible, elective structure enables students to explore unique areas of inquiry focused on subjects such as arts and culture, race, politics and public health. This area of inquiry will form the basis of a required, two-semester multimedia capstone project. During your capstone, you’ll collaborate with a faculty adviser as you produce work that demonstrates high levels of professional polish, creative vitality and journalistic integrity.
At the heart of our program is an emphasis on real-time learning and real-world experience. The production facilities within the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center support both studio and remote productions, and feature the same state-of-the-art news gathering, audio and video equipment you’ll encounter as a professional. Here, you’ll master the latest technology and learn the most innovative techniques for producing, editing and presenting information to the public.
As you develop an eclectic skillset, you’ll also learn about the business from seasoned professionals — our faculty. They’ll inspire you to harness your passion, take the lead and get serious about your career in journalism.
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.
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
Journalism professor recognized for teaching excellence
Since joining the School of Communications in 2010, Professor Ben Bogardus has taught everything from broadcast news writing to TV reporting, TV newscast producing and podcasting. Each day, he brings a no limits, hands-on teaching approach to his classroom, for which he was named a ”Noteworthy Journalism Educator” by Crain's NewsPro magazine.
Bogardus' success as an educator also stems from his decades of professional success. As a journalist, he chased stories and worked on news teams in Jacksonville, Florida, Houston, Hartford and Washington, D.C. — where he won an Emmy, regional Edward R. Murrow award, two Associated Press awards for ”Best Newscast” and a national Murrow award for ”Best Breaking News.”
For Bogardus, being included on Crain’s NewsPro list of Noteworthy Journalism Educators is more than an individual honor, but proof of the effectiveness of his teaching philosophy.
”It reinforces my belief that the best way to teach journalism is to give students real-world reporting and producing experiences in the classroom,” he said. ”By pushing them to produce work of professional quality in class, they’re ready for great jobs after graduation.”
Our faculty bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the classroom. Through a combination of academic theory and market-proven expertise, our faculty will work tirelessly with you to ensure your success.
Get to know some of our faculty, including Ben Bogardus, Kevin Convey, Margarita Diaz, Rich Hanley, Amy Walker and Molly Yanity.
Curriculum and Requirements
The Master of Science in Journalism program requires a total of 30 credits. This includes a 12-credit core, 12 credits of electives and 6 credits of capstone courses.
Core Curriculum (12 credits)
Reporting and Fact-Checking
Digital News Production
Media Law & Ethics
Total Required Core Credits
Sample Areas of Inquiry. Courses may be adjusted with the assistance of an adviser.
Politics and Community
Political Election Campaigns
Women and Public Policy
Arts and Culture
Sociology of Hip-Hop Culture
Telling Global Stories
Doctors, Disease and Death in the Western World
Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century
Games and Technology
Games, Learning & Society
The Business of Games
Total Required Elective Credits
Planning & Reporting
Writing & Producing
Total Required Capstone Credits
Please note: Not all courses are offered every semester.
Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.
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.
For international applicants, the deadline for admission is April 30.
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. Those applicants with a bachelor’s degree outside of the communications or journalism field, and with no previous experience in the field, will be required to complete a two-week “boot camp” prior to enrolling in the fall semester. At no additional cost to the student, the journalism boot camp will provide students with the basic fundamentals of the practice of journalism, preparing them for success in the graduate program.
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.
- 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 Dual-Degree (4+1) and Accelerated Dual-Degree (3+1) Programs
There are separate application processes for the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA or BFA/MS (3+1) and Dual-Degree BA or BFA/MS (4+1) BA programs 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