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
||Graduate Sports Media
||Sports Media Formats
||Sports Beat Reporting
||Live Sports Production
|| 3 credits
||Internship in Sports Media||3 credits|
|Social, Ethical, Legal Dimensions (choose one)
| PE 625
||Sports Ethics||3 credits|
|Comm 602||Ethical Issues in Digital Media
|Comm 603||Legal Environment of Digital Media
|Management (choose one)|
|| 3 credits
Global Leadership and Team Development
| 3 credits
|IT 640||Information Management
|| 2-3 credits
|Sports Administration (choose one)|
||Women in Sports
||Psychology of Sports
|| 3 credits
||Sport & Society|| 3 credits
| Electives (as approved by adviser)
|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.
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $595 per credit hour; highly competitive for a private institution of recognized national quality. Full-time graduate students pay a $378 general fee for the fall and spring semesters. Financial aid is available through direct and indirect student loans for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters. Because most course offerings are scheduled for the evening, many students hold part- or full-time employment during their study.
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