The Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Production (JMP) program at SHU is an intensive hands-on approach to learning for the Broadcast Journalist, Commercial Photography, Photojournalist, Videographer, Documentary Filmmaker, Media Production, Post-Production Editing and Live Television Production Specialist.

Today journalism and multimedia production are in the midst of a revolution in the way we communicate and will communicate in the future. It is driven predominantly by two factors: rapidly changing technology and economics. The digital journalist and production specialist is emerging as the model of the future. Our program focuses on the “Next Generation of Media Production.”

JMP students will focus on this new concept and be ready to enter the workforce. Throughout the program students will develop the technical, editorial and theoretical skills necessary for preparation as a digital journalist and production specialist. Emphasis will be placed on research, writing, ethics, interviewing, reporting, producing, directing, field recording video and audio and video editing. The student must not only master all of these skills, but also be prepared to work in all of the emerging formats of new media. Hands on classes will guide students through distinct photo, video, studio and field event projects that will incorporate all of the necessary skills required for your professional career. The student has an opportunity to design a flexible educational experience within the framework of the curriculum.

The program is broken into six eight-week segments that offer the student the opportunity to explore their interests and master their craft. Students can finish as quickly as one year by taking classes two nights each week, or in two years by taking classes one night each week.

Facilities and Equipment

The School of Communication, Media and The Arts (SCMA) is a state of the art production center located in the beautiful Martire Center for the Liberal Arts. This fully equipped facility is outfitted with up-to-date professional television studios and control rooms, multimedia production software and equipment. The Martire Forum and the Media Theater are wired to our control rooms via fiber optic cable, enabling students to produce professional multi-camera, live-streamed programs with live audiences. All JMP students are issued a MacBook Pro laptop and software to keep after graduation and a personal DSLR Camera Kit for use during the full course of the program.


JMP students create real-world multimedia productions for actual organizations, businesses, publications or media outlets. This practical focus on hands-on learning with the latest technologies in a professional context, gives students the experience and portfolio they need to compete and excel in the ever-changing 21st century communications and media industries.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupation Outlook for 2018 – 2028 projects that employment of media and communication occupations will grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in the creation of thousands of new jobs. Demand for media and communication occupations is expected to arise from the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms.

The New York Times has also reported on the “fundamental transformation” in the news industry toward “‘digital journalists’ who produce, record and edit much of their material.” The JMP degree program will supply the communications and news industries with its next generation of professional communicators in ways that only a media studies program with a strong digital multimedia production component like ours can.

Students graduate with a portfolio of digital multimedia materials that demonstrates to potential employers that JMP graduates are highly skilled communicators with advanced training in the latest media technologies. JMP students build their professional portfolio as their work is distributed, broadcast and/or published through various media outlets while earning their degrees.


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Joe Alicastro
Director - Journalism and Media Production Master's Program
Joseph Alicastro is a veteran Producer of NBC News. As NBC’s Rome Bureau Chief, he traveled extensively around the globe covering breaking news, including the fall of the B...
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Richard Falco
Coordinator of Multimedia Journalism
Richard Falco is the President of Vision Project, an organization dedicated to the development of documentary photography, investigative journalism, film and education. For th...
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Gregory Golda
Clinical Instructor
Professor Gregory J. Golda graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998 with a Master’s degree in Art Education. While initially studying theater design he w...
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Sidney Gottlieb Ph.D.
Sidney Gottlieb, Ph.D. has been teaching at Sacred Heart University since 1976. A multiple recipient of Sacred Heart’s scholarship award, he has published numerous ess...
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Admission Requirements

No previous media production experience or communications coursework is required to complete the JMP Program, and we encourage all motivated learners from any undergraduate major or career to apply. Accepted students will take an online pre-assessment survey and, if necessary, will attend the appropriate JMP training workshops to ensure their success in the program.

The following documents must be submitted and will be considered when applying:

  • Online Application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended. Sacred Heart University students and alumni may authorize the Office of Graduate Admissions to obtain their official SHU transcripts on their behalf
  • Personal statement: a one-page statement describing career goals and reasons for interest in the program. Please include your intended concentration area within your essay.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume


The address to which all documents can be sent is:

Sacred Heart University
Office of Graduate Admissions
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statements and Resumes can be sent via email to:

Ed Nassr
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Fax: 203-365-4732
Phone: 203-396-6877

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