Quinnipiac played Boston College in the semifinal game of the NCAA Division 1 Men's Hockey Championship Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Tampa, Fl. (Photograph by John Hassett / for Quinnipiac University)

MS in Sports Journalism

Program Overview

From interviewing NFL players after a big game to covering the Olympics, sports journalism requires a blend of technical and storytelling skills and the drive to inform and entertain a passionate audience. Developed in part by sports TV executives, our curriculum prepares you for a successful career in multimedia sports production and broadcasting.

We’ll give you the journalistic foundation to cover not only what’s happening on the field, but to dig deeper to uncover the financial, health and ethical issues facing the world of sports today. In our Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, you’ll build websites, write scripts and shoot, edit and produce video using the latest equipment in our high-definition studio and the HD and Ultra HD (4K) editing suites.

You’ll learn from current and former professionals and join an alumni network that spans the nation. Quinnipiac was rated a Top 10 school for media professionals by LinkedIn, in large part due to the success of our alumni in the industry, many of whom are employed at ESPN, NBC Sports, Northeast Sports Network, Sports New York and professional teams and leagues throughout the country.

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Curriculum and Requirements

MS in Sports Journalism

Students must complete 36 credits for the master of science in sports 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 524Broadcast Journalism3
JRN 560Multimedia Sports Reporting3
JRN 562Sports Law & Ethics3
JRN 563Sports Analytics3
JRN 564Presenting & Producing Radio Sports3
JRN 565Presenting and Producing Television Sports: Remote3
JRN 566Sports Feature Writing,Presenting and Producing Television Sports: Studio3
JRN 573Sports Literature3
JRN 589Critical Issues in Sports3
JRN 595Sports Clinical3
JRN 601Master's Project3
or JRN 602 Thesis
Elective Courses
Select one of the following:3
JRN 500
Special Topics in Journalism
JRN 528
Information Graphics and Design
JRN 530
Independent Study (ICM530)
JRN 531
Graduate Internship
JRN 542
Graduate Seminar
JRN 580
Investigative Reporting
Total Credits36

Students may take any course in any School of Communications graduate program with permission of 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 sports 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 sports 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 sports 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)

3+1 and 4+1 Programs Admissions

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
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