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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 smartphones, 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 track in 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.

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.

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
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 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 news for broadcast, cable and network television and multimedia sites and apps.
  • Learn technical skills in video news-gathering and reporting, including shooting and editing.
  • Acquire performance skills in appearing on-camera as 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 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
  • Portfolio of samples (i.e., college papers or published work of any kind)
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
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
graduate@quinnipiac.edu
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940

Curriculum + Requirements

Students admitted to the master of science program in journalism may enroll on a full-time (three or more courses) or part-time basis. It is possible to complete the program in one calendar year if students meet all requirements, including the capstone experience (master's project or thesis).Students may take any course not listed as a requirement in any track or 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.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
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 Journalism 3
JRN 590 Newsroom Clinical 3
JRN 601/602 Master's Project or Thesis 3
Elective Courses
JRN 500 Special Topics 3
JRN 527 Covering Government & Politics 3
JRN 530 Independent Study 3
JRN 531 Internship 3
JRN 533 Advanced Reporting & Writing 3
JRN 536 Opinion Journalism 3
JRN 540 Broadcast Performance 3
JRN 542 Graduate Seminar 3
JRN 570 Crafting the News Feature 3
JRN 572 Researching & Writing the News Documentary 3

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
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ESPN's John Buccigross speaks to future journalists

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