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The Cronkite master's in sports journalism is designed to be completed in 12 months. In this 36-credit hour program, students begin with an intensive multimedia "boot camp," which teaches students to produce sports and news coverage across broadcast, digital and print platforms. From there, students take advanced classes in sports reporting, videography, photojournalism, ethics and diversity and participate in sports bureaus located in Phoenix and Los Angeles. Working under the guidance of veteran sports journalists, they gain real-world experience in a professional news environment.
Cronkite News Phoenix Sports Bureau: Students cover four major professional sports leagues, college bowl games and many other signature sporting events. Students produce digital and broadcast stories for Cronkite News and media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, Pac-12 Networks and MLB.com.
Cronkite News Los Angeles Sports Bureau: Students spend a semester in the nation’s second-largest city, reporting on professional and collegiate sports for Cronkite News and other professional media outlets. Students use the latest digital and broadcast tools to create cutting-edge multimedia sports stories, working under an experienced sports broadcast professional.
36 credit hours including the required capstone course (MCO 570)
Required Core (24 credit hours)
MCO 502 Journalism Skills (8)
MCO 503 Media Law (3)
MCO 510 Data Journalism (3)
MCO 526 Advanced Issues in 21st-Century Sports and Media (3)
MCO 529 Ethics and Diversity in Sports Journalism (3)
MCO 540 Sports Reporting (3)
Electives or Research (3 credit hours)
Other Requirement (1 credit hour)
MCO 598 ST: Journalism Skills Lab (1)
Culminating Experience (9 credit hours)
MCO 570 Capstone: Cronkite News - Los Angeles Sports Bureau (9) or
MCO 570 Capstone: Cronkite News - Phoenix Sports Bureau (9)
Additional Curriculum Information
Students should see the academic unit for a complete list of approved electives.
Cronkite graduate students regularly cover major professional and collegiate sports in Arizona as well as some of the world's largest sporting events, producing broadcast and digital stories for Cronkite News.
Cronkite alumni work at major broadcast and digital sports media organizations such as ESPN as well as for teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL . Other Cronkite alumni have accepted jobs at:
"I would not be where I am today had I not gone through the program at ASU, which armed me with a wide-ranging skill set, rooted in the fundamentals of journalism, coupled with the ability to adapt to an ever-changing and disruptive technology facing the journalism industry."
The Cronkite School accepts applications on a rolling basis beginning on Sept. 1. Applications received before Dec. 1 are given priority for admissions and funding. The final deadline for application is July 1.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
They must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit: