School of Communications Quinnipiac University

School of Communications Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
July 30
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
4 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


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.

Location & Contact

School of Communications

Quinnipiac University

275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940
United States

Office of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 203-582-8672
Fax: 203-582-3443

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Communication Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 96
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


85% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 61
    • Accepted 52
    • Acceptance Rate 85
    • Enrolled 37
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $45
    • Application Fee - International $45
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 30th April 30th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 15th September 15th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJune 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students140
    • Female Percentage69%
    • Male Percentage31%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students140
    • Part-time Percentage77%
    • Full-time Percentage23%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American12%
    • White / Caucasian73%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown6%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty38
    • Full-time Percentage37%
    • Part-time Percentage63%
    • Female Percentage39%
    • Male Percentage61%