Master of Science in Sports Media

Program Description

The Master of Science in Sports Media (MSSA) is designed to prepare U.S. and international students for successful careers in the sports media field including both internet-based and traditional delivery such as cable/satellite television and radio, and print.  Students become familiar with the technology and skills to be successful in the sports media field, receive hands-on, internship experience in a real-world setting, and integrate management skills and ethical perspectives into their study.

Sports Media graduates will be prepared to explain and apply appropriate information technologies and methodologies to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals and objectives by anticipating the changing direction of sports media, and evaluating and communicating the likely utility of new technologies utilized in sports media.

The program utilizes VU’s excellent production facilities (including two tele-production studios, a digital video/advanced desktop publishing/web design lab and a digital audio suite) as well as the University’s affiliation with the NCAA Division I Horizon League, thereby offering a strong hands-on learning experience for students.  The program also features:
•    Emphasis on collaboration and teamwork,
•    Development of skills in technological leadership,
•    Incorporation of new technologies into coursework,
•    Required study in the social and ethical dimensions of digital media


Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.  In addition, an undergraduate minor or major in Communications or a related area is preferred but not required.  Applicants having no background in Communications may be required to successfully complete 3 to 9 credits of preparatory course work before final admission to the program is granted.


The Master of Science in Sports Media may be completed in 12 to 18 months.  The program requires Core Competencies, Additional Competencies, Experiential, and Elective coursework in the Department of Communication and selected other units.


Core Competency Requirements

 18 credits

Comm 501
Graduate Sports Media
 3 credits
Comm 503
Sports Media Formats
 3 credits
Comm 505
Sports Beat Reporting
 3 credits
Comm 507
Live Sports Production
 3 credits
Comm 598
Desktop Publishing
 3 credits
Comm 686
Internship in Sports Media  3 credits

Additional Competencies

  Social, Ethical, Legal Dimensions (choose one)
 PE 625
Sports Ethics  3 credits
Comm 602 Ethical Issues in Digital Media
 3 credits
Comm 603 Legal Environment of Digital Media
 3 credits
   Management (choose one)  
ICP 620
Cross-Cultural Management
 3 credits
ICP 621

Global Leadership and Team Development

 3 credits
IT 640 Information Management
 2-3 credits
   Sports Administration (choose one)  
PE 620
Women in Sports
 3 credits
PE 610
Psychology of Sports
 3 credits
PE 630
Sport & Society  3 credits
   Electives (as approved by adviser)

 9-10 credits 

   From courses above or as approved by Program Director  


Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduates

Qualified VU juniors and seniors may apply to begin graduate course work in Sports Media prior to graduation.  This unique program allows students to save time and money on their graduate programs.  For more information, students should speak with their academic advisors and contact an admissions counselor at the Graduate School.

Financial Considerations
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University.  Please visit the Student Financial Services website for current tuition rates. Financial aid may be available for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters.

For information regarding the Sports Media Certificate, click here.

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