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Sports Journalism

The Master of Arts in Sports Journalism is a program of 30 credit hours of courses designed to produce highly qualified and educated graduates to fill positions with traditional mass media corporations as well as new-media outlets locally, nationally and internationally.

The degree has core courses to which specialized course work will be added. In addition, the program includes courses taken in other departments designed to provide graduates with a basic understanding of the general role of sports and journalism in society.

The program, ideal for graduating seniors and professionals with a few years of experience, focuses on the converging worlds of print journalism, electronic media, public relations, advertising, documentary and emerging technologies as expressed in the new commercial reality of sport.

Courses are offered in the evenings on IUPUI’s downtown Indianapolis campus, which is within easy walking distance of major sporting venues and a short drive of the state’s major newspaper, television and radio headquarters. No thesis is required and the program can be completed within two years.

Degree Requirements for the M.A. in Sports Journalism

Completion of 30 credit hours including:  

Fall Semester

  • JOUR-J 510: Media & Society Seminar (3 cr.)
  • JOUR-J 540: Business of Sports Media (3 cr.)
  • JOUR-J 541: Digital Sports Journalism (3 cr.)
  • JOUR-J 660: Media Coverage of Sports (3 cr.)

Spring Semester

  • JOUR-J 542: Sports Journalism and Society (3 cr.)
  • JOUR-J 545: Sports Writing (3 cr.)
  • JOUR-J 546: Sports Journalism Research (3 cr.)
  • JOUR-J 547: Sports Broadcast Journalism (3 cr.)

Summer Session I Semester

  • JOUR-J 501: Public Affairs Reporting, Capstone Course (3 cr.)
  • JOUR-J 543: Sports Journalism Law (3 cr.)


No grade below B- (2.7) will be counted toward this degree.