Media & Strategic Communication and Sports Media (BA/MA)

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Why Media & Strategic Communication and Sports Media?

The world of media and communication continues to grow and change – especially in the sports sector! Jumpstart your thrilling career in sports communication and media in just five years!

Why Study Media & Strategic Communication and Sports Media at Iona?

All our faculty members have professional work experience in the media and sports industries. You’ll be learning from people who have held — and some who still hold — your dream job. You will learn from Emmy Award winners, play-by-play analysts, public relations directors for major sports teams, editors of sports journals and more. At Iona, you will get the best in the business!

We're just 20 miles from New York City, the media capital of the world. That means you'll have access to internships, which will give you the practical experience you need to land that first job in sports media.

Iona is a Division I sports college, so let our studios, fields, and basketball courts be your classroom! You will learn the ins and outs of being an effective, and sought-after, writer, editor, producer, reporter and host.

What You'll Learn

The Media & Strategic Communication curriculum teaches the fundamentals of communication, digital literacy, and legal and ethical issues in media.

You will become a creative and analytical storyteller while enhancing your writing, editing, producing, reporting, hosting, and directing skills.

You will gain hands-on professional experience and training with ESPN3 and D-1 MAAC coverage of our championship basketball teams, among other professional venues.

A capstone thesis documentary at the conclusion of the program will showcase the accumulation of your skills in writing, editing, producing and directing.

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Program Highlights

Multimedia Lab

MSC students have access to a new, state-of-the-art multimedia lab that includes:

  • A top-of-the-line Podcast Center
  • TV studio anchor set
  • Large video monitors for virtual appearances by media professionals
  • Latest technology and software
  • Distance-learning capabilities for students abroad


ESPN Production Truck

Iona broadcasts its home sporting events on ESPN+ and the ESPN app. Students work inside the facilities — calling the games and operating the cameras — and on a state-of-the-art equipment truck directing and producing the broadcast.

Valuable Internships in the Media Hub of the World

New York City provides a wealth of opportunities for internships for students in our program. Students have interned – and gone on to gain jobs at – such renowned media outlets as:

  • Sirius-XM Sports
  • Fantasy Network
  • YES Network
  • New York Giants
  • NBC Sports
  • Madison Square Garden


Martin Puccio

Make sure you pick a major or career you are passionate about and enjoy doing. Constantly thinking about what you want to do and where you want to go is key because being obsessed with your career and dream is vital in achieving it!

Martino Puccio '17, '19

Careers & Outcomes

The experience you gain with a dual degree at Iona will prepare you for the world of media in sports. Choose from a wide range of opportunities such as sports journalism, announcing, reporting and much more!

Job Titles

  • Sports Anchor
  • Digital Content Creator
  • Media Specialist
  • Olympics Researcher
  • Show Host
  • Sports Radio Producer
  • Video Producer


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Application Requirements

Current Iona students with sophomore standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher may apply for dual degree programs here.

Prospective students interested in pursuing a dual degree program are encouraged to apply for admission via Common App or contact Iona’s Admissions team to learn more.

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Learn from Industry Professionals

  • Ross Greenburg, former President of HBO Sports and winner of 54 Sports Emmys & 8 Peabody Awards
  • Marc Malusis, sports broadcaster for CBS Sports Radio and WFAN
  • Rick Cerrone, former PR director for NY Yankees and current editor-in-chief of Baseball Digest.
  • Arda Ocal, sports host for ESPN