Sports Communication & Media (MA)

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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.

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Application Requirements

Two writing and/or video samples.

Contact Us

Mike Damergis in the Green Bay packers booth.

Mike Damergis

Coordinator, Sports Communication & Media Graduate Program

Graduate Programs Open House: 4/27

At our graduate open house you can speak with a graduate admissions professional, find out about scholarships, hear from our career services team, tour our beautiful campus and much more. The first 100 RSVPs will receive a special Iona give-a-away bag, register today!

Register Now: April 27

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Meet NY Mets legends Dwight Gooden and Mookie Wilson

Tuesday, April 4, 5:30 p.m.
Henry Lecture Hall, LaPenta School of Business

Meet N.Y. Mets legends Dwight Gooden and Mookie Wilson as they share their World Series memories.

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5:30 p.m. – Meet and Greet
6:30 p.m. – Interview and Q&A

Meet NY Mets legends Dwight Gooden and Mookie Wilson on Tuesday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m.

Program Highlights

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.

Cover Championship Teams

Our students have the opportunity to cover MAAC championship games for multiple sports including cross country, basketball and esports. Iona’s 2023 men’s and women’s basketball teams were among one of four programs in the country to win both conferences, and our students were on the ground to cover this exciting milestone.

Sam May

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

Ross Greenburg

  • Former President of HBO Sports
  • Winner of 54 Sports Emmys & 8 Peabody Awards
Ross Greenberg

Mike Jimenez

  • Emmy Award-Winning Producer
Mike Jimenez

Rick Cerrone

  • Former New York Yankees PR Director during World Championships (1996-2007).
Rick Cerrone

Marc Malusis

  • Sports Anchor with WPIX TV
Marc Malusis

Emilie Deutsch

  • VP, Original Programming at CBS Sports
  • 7-time Emmy Award-winning sports television producer and executive
Emilie Deutsch

Charles Coplin

  • Emmy Award-winning Sports and Entertainment Executive
Charles Coplin

Anthony Carlo ‘15MA from Eyewitness News credits Iona with helping him land his dream job!

Anthony Carlo '15MA Eyewitness News

Where Are They Now?

Our graduates have gone on to work at SiriusXM, CBS Sports, the YES Network and more!

Learn More: Where our Graduates Work

Where are they now collage? of students from the Sports Comm program.

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.

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World Film Festival Poster for Smyrna: Paradise is Burning

Emmy Award-Winning Students

Anthony Carlo '15MA

Emmy Award-Winning Reporter

Anthony Carlo

Nick Hydo '18MA

Emmy Award-Winning Director

Nick Hydo

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.

Job Titles

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

Graduates have worked at:

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YES Network logo.
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Brooklyn Nets
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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.

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