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Quinnipiac University

School of Communications

Hamden, CT

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Quinnipiac University

Overview

Master of Science in Sports Journalism Program at Quinnipiac University

Individuals who earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Sports Journalism degree from Quinnipiac University gain the professional, technical, and hands-on skills to identify and pursue relevant stories; acquire and edit video; and write with creativity, discipline, and poise.

The university and its location in Hamden, Connecticut, provide a living classroom in which students can develop these journalism and professional skills. For example, ESPN is just 15 minutes north of the university's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden; NBCSN is 45 minutes to the south; and MLB TV, MSG, NBA TV, SNY, and YES are only a commuter-train ride away.

Additionally, the university's NCAA Division I athletics teams compete in its TD Bank Sports Center, which provides many learning opportunities.

Exciting Career Opportunities in Broadcasting and Digital Media

Quinnipiac University is in tune with news media organizations' needs, including start-ups seeking to disseminate news to new generations. The fact that an impressively high percentage of its journalism program alumni are employed in the field attests to the university's reputation for cultivating talented journalism professionals.

As a result, graduates of the M.S. in Sports Journalism degree program have access to a wide range of career opportunities, including careers as anchors, on-camera reporters, producers and writers for broadcast, cable, and network television sports, as well as sports web sites and mobile apps.

M.S. in Sports Journalism Degree Program: Broadcast/Multimedia Track

The M.S. in Sports Journalism/Broadcast/Multimedia Track includes 11 required courses (33 credits) and 1 elective course (3 credits). It can be completed in 1 year of full-time study or 2 years of part-time study.

Required courses include "Broadcast Journalism," "Multimedia Sports Reporting," "Sports Media Law and Ethics," and "Sports Analytics." "Sports Literature," "Critical Issues in Sports," "Sports Clinical," and a master's project or thesis are also part of the curriculum. Additional courses include "Presenting and Producing Sports for Radio," "Presenting and Producing Sports for Television (Remote)," and "Presenting and Producing Sports for Television (Studio)."

M.S. in Sports Journalism Degree Program: Writing Track

The M.S. in Sports Journalism degree program writing track provides practical training in new types of textual journalism as practiced by publishers like Vox Media and Gawker. These new practices are integrated with the enduring journalistic principles of balance, ethical practice, and objectivity.

The program's curriculum consists of 33 credits of required and 3 credits of elective courses. Required courses include "Sportswriting Traditions," "Multimedia Sports Reporting," "Sports Media Law & Ethics," and "Sports Analytics." "Crafting the Sports Feature," "Investigative Journalism," and "Researching & Writing the Sports Documentary" are also part of the curriculum. Additional courses include "Sports Literature," Critical Issues in Sports," "Sports Clinical," and a master's project or thesis.

M.S. in Sports Journalism Degree Program Learning Objectives

Students in the M.S. in Sports Journalism degree program gain an in-depth understanding of professional journalistic practices, technologies, and ethical standards. They also learn to apply these elements in sports reporting for broadcast, cable, and network television; social media, web sites, and apps; and print publications.

Students learn to use journalistic practices for interviews, observation, and research to analyze information and create stories that enlighten, entertain, and inform audiences.

Additionally, students in the broadcast/multimedia track develop technical skills in sports video production and reporting and performance skills for appearing on camera.

Faculty Members With Real-world Expertise

Journalism faculty members -- like Rich Hanley and Ben Bogardus -- are accomplished reporters, newscasters, and editors. They use their expertise and real-world experience to help students become successful members of the working press.

Rich Hanley, professor of journalism and director of the graduate program, spent 23 years as a journalist prior to joining the Quinnipiac University School of Communications. A 7-time Emmy nominee, he contributes opinion pieces to national and global media and appears on national news shows like MSNBC and Fox News.

Ben Bogardus, professor of journalism, was a newscast producer for television stations in Washington, D.C. and Jacksonville, Florida. The Emmy award-winning producer covered 6 hurricanes, the 2005 Super Bowl, the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, and many other major news events.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 55

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

112
Applied
94
Accepted
65
Enrolled
84%

Applying

45
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline July 30th April 30th Yes
Spring deadline December 15th September 30th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards June 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

125
Total Graduate Students
67%
International Breakout (representing other countries)
32%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 8%
Black or African American 11.2%
White or Caucasian 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 2.4%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 2.4%
Unknown 2.4%

Gender

Male (33%)
Female (66%)

Faculty

27
Total faculty
Full-time - 12
Part-time - 15
Male (12)
Female (15)

Location & Contact

Address 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518-1940
United States
Contact Phillip Simon
Program Director
Phone: 203-582-8274