Quinnipiac's MS in Sports Journalism, with its focus on broadcast and multimedia, 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.
The programprepares students for careers in local, cable and network television news, for websites with a strong visual component, and for mobile news apps.
Master's degree 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, our program prepares students for the daily test-of-strength that is sports reporting in the 21st century regardless of the distribution platform.
Courses and labs are offered 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.
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, acrobatics and tumbling compete - to be a classroom. 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 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.