Sports Communication & Media (MA)
Why Sports Communication?
A Master of Arts (MA) in Sports Communication & Media degree helps you turn your love of sports into a fast-paced broadcast and media career through a variety of skill-building courses in sports journalism and broadcasting. This graduate program prepares you to share the excitement of sports with the masses through live game reporting and producing with ESPN+, studio and radio show production, blogging and more.
Why Study Sports Communication & Media at Iona?
The Master’s in Sports Communication & Media program at Iona University provides you with hands-on training alongside classroom experiences. Our sports media and journalism courses are offered in the evening so that you can manage work and family life while earning your degree.
As part of your coursework, you have the opportunity to cover a two-time NCAA championship coach in our new arena and train in a state-of-the-art digital lab and ESPN production truck. What’s more, Iona’s campus in New Rochelle offers proximity to New York City with easy access to a major media hub and off-campus internship possibilities.
Iona sports media faculty are impressive professionals, including Emmy Award winners, sports hosts, play-by-play analysts, public relations directors for major sports teams and editors of sports journals. You will be connected to an extensive professional network through our faculty and alumni, providing coveted connections within the industry.
What You'll Learn
The MA in Sports Communication & Media blends traditional coursework with engagement in real-world broadcasting of professional and collegiate sports. You gain hands-on, professional experience working and training with ESPN+ and D-1 MAAC coverage of our championship basketball teams, among other professional venues.
The courses in our sports media program train you to perform at the highest level of professional media competencies, including live game reporting, video editing, studio and radio show production and blogging.
ESPN Production Truck
Iona University broadcasts its home sporting events on ESPN+ and the ESPN app. Students in the Sports Communication & Media program 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. These skill-building opportunities are integrated into the sports journalism courses.
State-of-the-Art Multimedia Lab
Our new, state-of-the-art multimedia digital lab helps develop sports media skills crucial to your future career. You will have hands-on experience with the radio studio and audio desk with Adobe Creative Suite software and more.
Hall of Fame Coach Rick Pitino
Our students have the opportunity to cover Hall of Fame Coach Rick Pitino, head basketball coach of Iona University.
The Sports Communication & Media Graduate Program at Iona played a huge role in preparing me for the high demands of the sports industry. The support and mentorship I received were monumental in shaping me into who I am today.
Sam May '22MA
Learn From Industry Professionals
- Former President of HBO Sports
- Winner of 54 Sports Emmys & 8 Peabody Awards
- Emmy Award-Winning Producer
- Former New York Yankees PR Director during World Championships (1996-2007).
- Sports Anchor with WPIX TV
- VP, Original Programming at CBS Sports
- 7-time Emmy Award-winning sports television producer and executive
- Emmy Award-winning Sports and Entertainment Executive
Where Are They Now?
Our graduates have gone on to work at SiriusXM, CBS Sports, the YES Network and more!
Iona University Professor Wins Cannes World Film Festival “Best Historical Documentary”
Clinical Professor Mike Damergis '89, '06MS shares the powerful story of a man who saved 350,000 Christian minorities from slaughter during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
Emmy Award-Winning Students
Anthony Carlo '15MA
Emmy Award-Winning Reporter
Nick Hydo '18MA
Emmy Award-Winning Director
Careers & Outcomes
During the Master’s in Sports Communication & Media, you gain the experience and skills to successfully enter the world of sports media. Graduates have pursued careers in sports journalism, announcing, sports broadcasting and reporting and digital media.
- Sports Anchor
- Digital Content Creator
- Media Specialist
- Olympics Researcher
- Show Host
- Sports Radio Producer
- Video Producer
Learn more about Sports Communication & Media at Iona
Iona University’s Master of Arts in Sports Communication & Media degree offers unique experiences and courses in sports journalism. Our graduate program’s hands-on approach to sports media and expert faculty prepares you for a successful career in sports communication.