The dynamic and exciting field of journalism continues to undergo a digital transformation. Whether you see yourself interviewing heads of state or directing a modern newsroom, we’ll teach you to navigate this ever-changing landscape, while still grounding you in news fundamentals.

Program Overview

Learning to work both on and off camera and from diverse platforms, you’ll report, shoot, edit and write news pieces using a variety of technologically sophisticated equipment. With a focus on broadcast and digital journalism, this program prepares you for a successful career in local, cable or network news, or as a reporter for digital media. You’ll develop research and reporting skills, hone multimedia techniques and learn about professional journalism practices and ethical standards.

Our Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center includes a high-definition studio, HD and Ultra HD (4K) editing suites and other equipment designed to support both studio and remote productions, while our faculty and instructors, many working in the field, bring practical experience and modern approaches to the classroom. We also give you the flexibility of taking a blend of on-campus and online courses.

Quinnipiac was rated a Top 10 school for media professionals by LinkedIn, due in large part to the success our alumni have in the industry. Our alumni are working at CNN, ESPN and every major broadcast network.

Curriculum and Requirements

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

The School of Communications invites applications from prospective students who wish to pursue the professional practice of journalism. Recent graduates of a bachelor's 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 you must first possess a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and accepted for the fall semester only.

We require 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) with your application. For admissions information and application instructions contact The Office of Graduate Admissions, or electronically to graduate@quinnipiac.edu.

Quinnipiac students may apply for provisional acceptance to the combined BA, or BS/MS in Journalism during the second semester of your junior year. If accepted, you take 6 credits of graduate courses during your senior year, beginning in the fall semester, and complete a Master’s degree in one year after graduating. A four year combined degree (3+1) is also available. Contact undergraduate admissions for information.

Journalism programs begin in the fall semester only.

Important Dates:

Jul.30th: Fall semester deadline for domestic applicants

Apr.30th: Fall semester deadline for international applicants

Mar.15th: Deadline for combined bachelor’s/master’s public relations and journalism programs