A sports journalist is on top of the action. If you want to study this exciting field, Quinnipiac is the place to do it. Between our nationally ranked Division I teams and our proximity to ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, and a variety of sports networks in New York City and Boston, you’ll have endless opportunities to sharpen your skills and immerse yourself in the industry.

Program Overview

A student working a video camera from the upper deck of the People's United Center.

Bird's eye view

The video production team tapes a Quinnipiac Live video stream at the People's United Center before the start of the hockey game against Yale.

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 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.

Video Program Overview

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Career Development

Our career development team is here to help you realize your career dreams, whether it‘s becoming an on-field commentator for the NFL, producing programs on MLB network or covering the Olympics for ESPN, we‘ve got you covered. We will help prepare you in all areas of developing your career, including resume writing, networking and getting you in front of the employers who will kickstart your career. Our team also has relationships with companies covering all media from newspapers and magazines to radio and broadcast and everything in between, so we will help you fulfill your career aspirations, no matter how big or small.

Visit our career development page to learn about all of the ways we can help you market yourself and land your dream job!


Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s School of Communications professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, leading professionals.


A alumnus receiving the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence during the 2016 commencement ceremony.

High achiever

Vanessa Clifford receives the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence: MS in Sports Journalism from President Emeritus John L. Lahey during the Quinnipiac Graduate Commencement ceremonies.


Curriculum and Requirements

MS in Sports Journalism

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

Required Courses
JRN 504Digital Essentials3
JRN 524TV Reporting3
JRN 562Sports Law and Ethics3
JRN 563Sports Analytics3
JRN 564Presenting and Producing Radio Sports3
JRN 565Presenting and Producing Television Sports: Remote3
JRN 566Presenting and Producing Television Sports: Studio3
JRN 574Crafting the Sports Feature3
JRN 589Critical Issues in Sports3
JRN 595Sports Clinical3
JRN 601Capstone Project3
Elective Courses3
Select one elective from those available in consultation with your adviser. 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.
Total Credits36

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Additional course details
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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)

Accelerated Dual-Degree (3+1) and Dual-Degree (4+1) Programs Admissions

There are separate application processes for the Accelerated Dual-Degree (3+1) and Dual-Degree (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