Best Sports Journalism Programs: List of Top Schools

Jul 24, 2018

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.

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  • 0:04 School Overviews
  • 1:06 Indiana University -…
  • 1:40 University of Texas at Austin
  • 2:21 Boston University
  • 2:55 Top Sports Journalism Programs

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School Overviews

Sports journalism training programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels as standalone programs or as concentrations within broader degree programs. Students enrolled in these programs can focus on print, broadcasting, or multimedia reporting. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), and Boston University (BU) are three 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. BU also offers sports journalism as a focus within its master's degree programs, and sports journalism is included within its broader undergraduate program. Each of these schools was ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017 in the top public or national schools categories.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Aspiring sports journalists at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis 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 gain real-world experience through the National Sports Journalism Center, which also offers special events related to the field, such as guest speaker lectures. The school was ranked #106 among top public schools for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.

University of Texas at Austin

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, and these courses are on a first-come, first-served basis. For 2017, UT - Austin was ranked #18 among public schools by U.S. News & World Report.

Boston University

The College of Communication at Boston University offers a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Master of Science in Journalism. The B.S. program provides broad training that can prepare students for many different journalism careers, including sports journalism. The M.S. program also includes wide-ranging coursework, but students can specialize in a particular area, such as sports journalism. The program lasts for three semesters and culminates in a final master's project. For 2017, BU ranked #39 on U.S. News & World Report's list of best national universities.

Top Sports Journalism Programs

Here are some more schools with strong sports journalism programs:

College/University Location Distinction
Marshall University Huntington, WV Started offering a sports journalism major in 2010.
Morehouse College Atlanta, GA Students have access to journalism training workshops, such as a sports writing boot camp and the Campus Progress regional journalism conference.
Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK Students can take part in a Sports Media Camp.
Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA Rranked #14 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of top public schools.
Springfield College Springfield, MA The journalism program integrates real-world experience through internships and exposure to professional journalists.

Some schools offer programs specifically in sports journalism, while others provide it as a concentration within a journalism program. Both options can prepare students for career success in this field.

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