Overview

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 of Science 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

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.

Our 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.

Photograph

Molly Qerim sits at the desk with Max Kellerman during a First Take show taping

Live action

Molly Qerim, MS '08, tapes an episode of First Take with Max Kellerman, ESPN’s live weekday morning debate show. She has co-hosted the popular program since July 2015. She is in good company at ESPN, working alongside several other Quinnipiac alumni from the undergraduate and graduate journalism programs.

Alumni Spotlight

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

Faculty Spotlight

Portrait of Ben Borardus, Professor of Journalism

Excellence in journalism

Professor Ben Bogardus was recently named a “Noteworthy Journalism Educator” by Crain's NewPro magazine.

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

Seasoned professionals

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

MS in Journalism Curriculum

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 advisor, 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 FULL-TIME SCHEDULE

Before fall semester begins:
Boot Camp (if necessary) - Boot Camp credits do not count toward degree.
First Semester
JRN 501Reporting and Fact-Checking3
JRN 504Digital Essentials3
Elective Course3
Elective Course3
Second Semester
JRN 546Digital News Production3
JRN 552Media Law & Ethics3
JRN 600Capstone Proposal3
Elective Course3
Summer Semester
JRN 601Capstone Project3
Elective Course3
Total Credits30

Program of Study

Required Courses
JRN 501Reporting and Fact-Checking3
JRN 504Digital Essentials3
JRN 546Digital News Production3
JRN 552Media Law & Ethics3
The capstone is a two-semester course that culminates with a professional quality master's project.
JRN 600Capstone Proposal3
JRN 601Capstone Project3
Electives
Select four of the following:12
JRN 500
Special Topics in Journalism
JRN 503
Analytics for News Reporting
JRN 524
TV Reporting
JRN 525
Media Management (ICM 525)
JRN 527
Covering Government and Politics
JRN 528
Data Journalism
JRN 530
Independent Study (ICM530)
JRN 532
Advanced Broadcast Journalism
JRN 533
Advanced Reporting and Writing
JRN 536
Opinion Journalism
JRN 539
History of Journalism
JRN 540
Broadcast Performance
JRN 543
Literary Journalism in the '60s
JRN 545
TV Production
JRN 570
Crafting the News Feature
JRN 572
Researching and Writing the News Documentary
JRN 575
Critical Issues in Journalism
JRN 590
Newsroom Clinical (SPS 490)
JRN 580
Investigative Reporting
Total Credits30

Students may take other electives with permission of their advisor. 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.

Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.

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.

For international applicants, the 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. 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.

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 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.

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