Quinnipiac University will introduce a new master of science in sports journalism program in Fall 2014, becoming the first university in the Northeast and second in the nation to offer a graduate degree in sports journalism.
The 36-credit program, approved by the state of Connecticut March 5, will feature 11 core courses and one elective.
Richard Hanley, associate professor of journalism and director of the graduate program in journalism, said Quinnipiac’s School of Communications previously offered a master’s degree in journalism with a sports track. The new master’s in sports journalism program grew out of that and will have two paths of emphasis – broadcast/multimedia, which will be offered on campus, and writing, which will be available exclusively online. It will also be offered as a five-year program for Quinnipiac undergraduates.
“The sports journalism program is designed to position Quinnipiac University as the academic leader in what has now developed into the sports journalism economic cluster along I-95,” said Hanley, referencing media outlets including NESN in Watertown, Mass., ESPN in Bristol, NBC Sports in Stamford and YES, MSG, MLB Network and SNY in New York City. “To us, it’s just like Detroit with cars, Milan with textiles and Silicon Valley with computers. As a university, we are in the middle of an economic cluster that happens to focus on sports journalism.”
Quinnipiac and Indiana are the only universities in the nation to offer a master of science in sports journalism program.