Students who are interested in becoming sports journalists can study the field through college majors or concentrations in the field. These degrees can normally be found at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
Schools with Sports Journalism Programs
The schools listed below all offer programs suitable for students interested in earning a sports journalism degrees. There are a wide range of degrees and tuition rates available at both public and private schools:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,806 in-state, $34,676 out-of-state|
|Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus||State College, PA||4-year, Public||Certificate, Bachelor's||$17,514 in-state, $31,346 out-of-state|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||Bloomington, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,388 in-state, $33,741 out-of-state|
|University of Maryland - College Park||College Park, MD||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$9,996 in-state, $31,144 out-of-state|
|University of North Texas||Denton, TX||4-year, Public||Certificate||$9,730 in-state, $19,090 out-of-state|
|Indiana University - Purdue University||Indianapolis, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,056 in-state, $29,774 out-of-state|
|Webster University||St. Louis, MO||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Certificate||$25,500|
|Marshall University||Huntington, WV||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,814 in-state, $15,602 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when searching for a sports journalism program:
- Schools with student-run newspapers, television stations, and radio broadcasts offer valuable work experience opportunities for student journalists.
- Students can inquire as to the school's internship opportunities and relationships with local media companies since experience in practicing sports journalism is an important consideration for employers after graduation.
- Well-known sports teams and programs may be useful to sports journalism students, as it will provide them with more opportunities to practice their skills.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Sports journalism majors can expect to take many courses dealing with media relations, mass communications and media production. Courses covering the athletic aspects of sports, like kinesiology, will be offered as well. A typical 4-year bachelor's degree program in journalism with a concentration in sports journalism may also include completion of an internship as well as standard course requirements.
Master's Degree Programs
A master's degree program in sports journalism will examine sports and its impacts on society from a sociological perspective. The business and economics of sports, the role of sports in the education system and the mass psychology of sports are studied and researched. Programs typically last two years and will usually require a bachelor's degree in a related field, in this case journalism or communications. Master's degree students typically need to complete a professional reporting project, and they may have opportunities to participate in internships as well.
A sports journalism degree can be beneficial to those interested in reporting on sporting activities as the media industry can be highly competitive. Considering a school's links to sports teams and programs as well as their internship opportunities will be important when deciding which sports journalism program is right for you.