List of Sports Journalism Colleges and Schools

Sports journalism education programs can be found at 4-year colleges and universities. Students interested in pursuing a career in this area should earn at least a bachelor's degree in journalism or communications and look for a school that offers a concentration in sports journalism.

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.

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