As a student of the first U.S. graduate program in sports journalism, you benefit from established partnerships with national and local sports organizations such the Associated Press Sports Editors, the NCAA, the Indiana Pacers, the Indianapolis Indians, and IndyCar Series. You can participate in news bureaus—housed at IUPUI’s Sports Capital Journalism Program—in which you will work in teams covering major sporting events. Our students even traveled to Brazil to cover the Rio 2016 Olympics and to Australia to cover the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.
Our graduate program is ideal for graduating seniors and professionals with a few years of experience—and for those who want to change careers. It offers top-quality instruction on sports media from full-time and adjunct faculty who provide individual attention and guidance. The curriculum, a mix of skills and seminar courses, focuses on the converging worlds of print and digital journalism, public relations, advertising, documentary, and emerging technologies as expressed in the new commercial reality of sport. Courses combine experiential and classroom learning and emphasize versatility and skill-building across platforms.
“The Sports Capital Journalism Program gave me so many opportunities to cover major events, and that helped boost my confidence and [made me] believe that I can handle my job [at the Tulsa World]. Many of the skills I learned in classes are the exact skills I need in my current role.”– Frank Bonner, ’20, M.A. Sports Journalism, Oklahoma State University beat writer for the Tulsa World
Courses are offered online, hybrid, or on IUPUI’s downtown Indianapolis campus, within easy walking distance of major sporting venues and a short drive of the state’s major newspaper, television, and radio headquarters. No thesis is required, and you can complete the 30-credit-hour program within one to two years.