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Master of Science in Sports Journalism - Multimedia Track

The numbers from Nielsen are staggering. 
  • 112 million people watched the 2014 Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks
  • The 2014 NCAA men's basketball tournament drew its largest audience in 21 years
  • The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics men's hockey game between USA and Russia achieved a record rating for NBCSN
  • The hours of sports programming between 2003 and 2013 grew 213 percent
  • The average time spent on sports websites jumped 42 percent between April and September 2013.

Quinnipiac's MS in Sports Journalism Broadcast/Multimedia Track stands among the first in the nation to recognize the importance of linking our mission to prepare students for satisfying professional careers in the context of thoughtful approaches to coverage of sports as a global cultural phenomenon. Our overarching goal matches that of our students: insert the knowledge and passion for sports into an academic framework that combines knowledge, creativity and skills to in preparation for careers in sports journalism as practiced on television, websites and mobile apps.

It doesn't hurt that our campus stands amid the economic cluster of sports media companies arrayed along the I-95 corridor between Boston and Florida. ESPN is just 15 miles north of our Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn; NBCSN is just 45 minutes to our south. SNY, MSG, YES, MLB TV, NBA TV and the NHL Network's U.S. studios are all a commuter train ride away.

Moreover, Quinnipiac competes in NCAA Division I athletics, with nationally ranked teams in men's and women's hockey.  We consider our TD Bank Sports Center, where basketball, hockey and acrobatics and tumbling compete, to be a classroom.

Students are challenged to develop story ideas beyond the box score, 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.

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 sports
  • Producers for broadcast, cable and network television sports
  • Producers for sports websites and mobile apps
  • Writers for broadcast, cable and network television sports
  • Writers for sports websites and mobile apps
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.

Program Overview
The MS in Sports Journalism program offers two tracks: an online writing track and an on-campus broadcast/multimedia track. Those interested in pursuing the online writing track should apply through QU Online.

In the Broadcast/Multimedia track, students will learn to:
  • Understand professional journalistic practices, ethical standards and technologies and be able to apply these elements in the process of gathering and reporting sports for broadcast, cable and network television and websites and apps.
  • Learn technical skills in sports video production and reporting, including shooting and editing.
  • Acquire performance skills in appearing on-camera as sports reporters and anchors.
  • Analyze information based on journalistic practices of research, interviews and observation.
  • Create visual stories that inform, enlighten and entertain the audience within professional journalistic practices, ethical standards and technologies.

Admissions Requirements

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.

Admission to the Sports 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
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
  • Portfolio of samples (i.e., college papers 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 more information, please contact:
Graduate Admissions Office
203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940

Curriculum + Requirements

Broadcast & Multimedia Emphasis
Required Courses (33 credits)
JRN 524 - Broadcast Journalism
JRN 560 - Multimedia Sports Reporting
JRN 562 - Sports Media Law & Ethics
JRN 563 - Sports Analytics
JRN 564 - Presenting & Producing Sports for Radio
JRN 565 - Presenting & Producing Sports for Television: Remote
JRN 566 - Presenting & Producing Sports for Television: Studio
JRN 573 - Sports Literature
JRN 589 - Critical Issues in Sports
JRN 595 - Sports Clinical
JRN 601/602 Master's Project or Thesis
33 Required Credits

One Elective (recommended from list below)
JRN 500 - Special Topics
JRN 528 - Information Graphics & Design
JRN 530 - Independent Study
JRN 531 - Internship
JRN 542 - Graduate Seminar
JRN 582 - American Sports History
JRN 588 - Researching & Writing the Sports Documentary
JRN 590 - Investigative Reporting
Students may take any course not listed as a requirement in any path of emphasis or in any School of Communications program with permission of program director.
3 Elective Credits

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
Quinnipiac University
School of Communications
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Telephone: 203-582-3739
E-mail: gradcomm@quinnipiac.edu