Master of Science in Journalism
What is the most popular source of news among Americans? Local television news. According to the Pew Research Center, almost three out of four U.S. adults turn to local television news broadcasts for information despite the presence of the internet on their smart phones, laptops, desktops and tablets.
Local news broadcasts, news websites and social media applications alongside a growing number of start-ups are all spearheading a renaissance in news reporting. As the Pew Research Center pointed out, audiences are taking notice.
Quinnipiac's MS in Journalism stands among the first in the nation to recognize the shifts in news gathering and reporting for broadcast television, multimedia reporting and audio storytelling. Our focus on broadcast/multimedia enhances that approach and prepares students for careers in local, cable and network television news, for websites with a strong visual component, and mobile news apps.
The master of science in journalism program prepares students from all academic and professional backgrounds for careers in broadcast/multimedia news. The degree is offered through a blend of on campus and online courses.
The program is ideal for students who want to pursue careers in television, radio and online news media with an emphasis on visual and online reporting. The program features training in the principles, tools, craft, history and ethics of contemporary journalism in the context of innovative approaches to reporting and presenting information via social media and other forms. Our goal is simple: promote knowledge, creativity and skill in service to a career described by television producer Matt Weiner as one that "smacks of adventure and intellect."
The program prepares students for careers in local, cable and network television news, for websites with a strong visual component, and for mobile news apps. Students are challenged to develop story ideas through reasoning and observation, to analyze data and public documents, to wisely conduct interviews, to learn the technical skills to acquire and edit video and audio, and, above all, to write with discipline, poise and creative vitality. In short, this program prepares students for the daily test-of-strength that is news reporting in the 21st century regardless of the distribution platform.
Students who successfully complete the program will be properly trained for a number of career opportunities including:
- on-camera reporters and anchors for broadcast, cable and network television news
- producers for broadcast, cable and network television news
- producers for news websites and mobile apps
- writers for broadcast, cable and network television news
- writers for news websites and mobile apps
The master's degree program offers courses and labs in the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, the core of the School of Communications' professional all-digital broadcast production environment. The center includes a high-definition studio, a 4K video editing suite, HD editing suites for single or group projects, an audio suite, and other areas designed to support both studio and remote productions. Video cameras, audio recorders, lights, and other gear required to capture interviews and events in the field are available to students through our well-stocked and expertly maintained equipment inventory. Students are challenged to develop story ideas through reasoning and observation, to analyze data and public documents, to wisely conduct interviews, to learn the technical skills to acquire and edit video, and, above all, to write with discipline, poise and creative vitality. In short, our program prepares students for the daily test-of-strength that is news reporting in the 21st century.
Through the MS in journalism program, students learn to:
- Understand professional journalistic practices, ethical standards and technologies and be able to apply reason to develop ideas within these structures.
- Analyze information based on journalistic practices of research, interviews and observation.
- Evaluate information in determining the story's narrative structure and reach via social media and other applications.
- Report and compose a story, either visual, multimedia or text, that informs, enlightens, entertains and is useful to the reader or audience within professional journalistic reporting and writing practices and ethical standards.
Previous journalism experience is not required to apply.
Our MS in journalism program received "perfect satisfaction scores" for Intellectual Excitement, Quality of Instruction and Faculty Commitment, according to the February 2012 MS in Journalism Alumni Survey Analysis conducted by Hanover Research. The analysis also found that more than 75 percent of Quinnipiac's journalism program alumni are engaged in the professional practice of journalism, showing that we are calibrated to the needs of professional news media organizations and, importantly, start-ups seeking to move the job of news reporting to the next generation of readers.
To qualify for admission, candidates must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and have a minimum GPA of 2.75. Journalism experience is not required.
Admission to the journalism program is highly competitive and based on undergraduate performance as measured by GPA, experience in any career field and the required documents listed below.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and students may apply to enter during the fall or spring. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible to ensure consideration for the semester desired. Applications are evaluated once all materials and fees are received by Quinnipiac.
A complete application consists of the following:
- application form and fee
- two professional recommendations
- letter of intent explaining decision to pursue graduate study
- current resume
- portfolio of writing or work samples (i.e., college papers, videos, audio clips or published work of any kind)
- official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, the admissions committee will not review an application until all of the supporting documents are received. Students can expect to receive a decision within four weeks of a completed application.
For additional information about the program or to arrange a campus tour or interview, please contact: Graduate Admissions
203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940
Curriculum + Requirements
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.
|JRN 503||Analytics for News Reporting||3|
|JRN 504||Multimedia Reporting||3|
|JRN 521||Audio Storytelling||3|
|JRN 524||Broadcast Journalism||3|
|JRN 528||Information Graphics & News Design||3|
|JRN 539||History of Journalism||3|
|JRN 552||Media Law & Ethics||3|
|JRN 575||Critical Issues in Journalism||3|
|JRN 580||Investigative Reporting||3|
|JRN 590||Newsroom Clinical||3|
|JRN 601/602||Master's Project or Thesis||3|
|Elective Courses (3 credits)
|JRN 500||Special Topics||3|
|JRN 527||Covering Government & Politics||3|
|JRN 530||Independent Study||3|
|JRN 533||Advanced Reporting & Writing||3|
|JRN 536||Opinion Journalism||3|
|JRN 540||Broadcast Performance||3|
|JRN 542||Graduate Seminar||3|
|JRN 572||Researching & Writing the News Documentary||3|
Students may take any course not listed as a requirement in any School of Communications graduate program with permission from 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.
Contact Us / Request More Information
Interested in learning more about the program? Contact the program director or fill out our Graduate Admissions Information Request Form and an admissions representative will get in touch.
Rich Hanley, associate professor of journalism
School of Communications
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
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