Best Sports Journalism Programs: List of Top Schools

A growing number of schools are offering courses, concentrations or programs in sports journalism. Read on to learn about three of the best schools in the field, including their program offerings and rankings on a national scale.

School Overviews

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) are two of the top schools offering sports journalism learning opportunities. IUPUI offers undergraduate and graduate programs as well as a sports journalism center, while UT-Austin provides bachelor's and master's programs with a sports journalism focus. Students enrolled in these sports journalism programs can focus on print, broadcasting or multimedia reporting.

1. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

School Highlight: Journalism students at IUPUI will be exposed to guest speakers visiting the National Sports Journalism Center.

Aspiring sports journalists can pursue degrees within the School of Journalism. The school offers a bachelor's degree in journalism with specialized courses in sports journalism as well as a Master of Arts in Sports Journalism. Students can take advantage of the ability to gain real-world experience through the National Sports Journalism Center, which also offers special events related to the field.

2. University of Texas at Austin

School Highlight: Sports journalism courses at UT are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest universities in the U.S. It's made up of 18 schools and colleges, including the Moody College of Communication, which houses the School of Journalism. The undergrad sports journalism program isn't a major, but rather an extension of continuing study for journalism majors. It exposes students to professionals in the field, and students gain business experience through required coursework and internships. The school also offers a professional master's degree with a specialty in sports journalism.

Top Sports Journalism Programs

College/University Distinction Location
Boston University In 2015, BU ranked #42 on U.S. News & World Report's list of best national universities. Boston, MA
Marshall University The sports journalism major has grown from five to 21 students over the past five years. Huntington, WV
Morehouse College Students have access to journalism training workshops such as a sports writing boot camp and the Campus Progress regional journalism conference. Atlanta, GA
Oklahoma State University Students can take part in a Sports Media Camp. Stillwater, OK
Pennsylvania State University Penn State ranked #14 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of top public schools. University Park, PA
Springfield College Program integrates real-world experience through internships and exposure to professional journalists Springfield, MA

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