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.
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
- Fox 61
- Fox News Channel
- MLB TV
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Hartford Courant
- New England News Collaborative
- New York Post
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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
- Fox Networks
- Hartford Courant
- iHeart Media
- NBC Universal
- New England News Collaborative
- Sports New York
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.
Education at work
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’ sucess 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 a great 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.”
Your education, in focus
The world you’ll cover is vast, but our journalism program is small, selective and student-focused. With a 1 to 10 teacher-to-student classroom ratio, you’ll receive the kind of individual attention larger schools just can’t provide. Your professors draw upon a wealth of experience, having worked at places like ESPN, NPR, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Daily News, Fox 61 and more. Some of them come straight from the newsroom to the classroom every day.
You’ll be assigned a full-time faculty member who will guide your development, provide curriculum and career planning and more. Under his or her guidance, you’ll hone your voice, polish your presence and build the kind of deep, technical skillset needed to distinguish yourself in the highly competitive, constantly evolving journalism landscape.
The Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center
Whether your goal is to work in front of the camera or behind the scenes, the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center provides the state-of-the-art equipment to help you hone your skills. The center offers more than 80 multimedia workstations, 4K edit suites and a professional-quality audio production for a true experiential learning experience.
To learn more about this center and additional offerings for journalism students, visit our Centers and Resources page.Visit centers and resources
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
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. Full-time students can complete the program in one calendar year. Part-time students can do it in two.
Program of Study
|Select one: JRN 501 or an elective from those available in consultation with your adviser.|
|JRN 501||Reporting and News Writing (Required for students with no background in journalism)||3|
|JRN 500||Special Topics in Journalism||3|
|JRN 504||Digital Reporting||3|
|JRN 521||Audio Storytelling||3|
|JRN 524||TV Reporting||3|
|JRN 528||Data Journalism||3|
|JRN 545||TV Production||3|
|JRN 546||Digital, Social and Video Production||3|
|JRN 552||Media Law & Ethics||3|
|JRN 575||Critical Issues in Journalism||3|
|JRN 590||Newsroom Clinical (SPS 490)||3|
|JRN 601||Master's Project||3|
|or JRN 602||Thesis|
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.
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.
International applicants: 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.
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 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.
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
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