High school seniors: Lock down your seat in one of our two online master's programs, Sports Journalism or Digital Journalism.

St. Bonaventure University

Early Assurance Journalism

Our early assurance journalism program guarantees qualified high school seniors' placement in one of two master's degree programs: sports journalism or digital journalism — both offered fully online.

Is your dream to carve out a career in the exciting and fast-paced field of sports journalism? Maybe it's the creativity, flexibility and versatility of digital communication that gets your journalistic juices flowing.

Our early assurance journalism program lets you lock down your seat in either of our two popular master's degree programs — sports journalism and digital journalism — as a qualifying incoming freshman.

The early assurance program allows you to begin taking graduate-level courses during your senior year of undergraduate studies. Not only does this provide a financial savings on the overall cost of the master's degree, but because both master's programs are fully online, you have the opportunity to work and earn a salary while completing your master's degree.


Two in-demand online master's programs

Early assurance means that as an incoming freshman your seat is reserved in one of two Master of Arts programs:

  • M.A. in Digital Journalism
    This program is designed for people with a desire to become digital journalists in a variety of news organizations. Students will learn the foundational tenets of journalism and apply those best ideals to become leaders in producing ethical journalism for diverse audiences in the digital world. LEARN MORE

  • M.A. in Sports Journalism
    This program is for people with a desire to become sports journalists in a variety of news and media organizations. It is designed to refine students' writing skills, deepen their reporting ability, develop in them an understanding of the critical issues in sports media, and prepare them with a digital skillset to reimagine how stories can be told. LEARN MORE

Qualifications & requirements

To qualify for the early assurance journalism program, students must have an 85 high school average in college preparatory coursework.

Recommended majors
While students may choose any major that results in a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in four years, three undergraduate majors are recommended:
Recommended courses for other majors
Should students not choose one of the above majors, the following undergraduate courses are recommended: 
  • JMC 101. Communication Today
  • JMC 110. Professional Writing I: Style
  • JMC 111. Professional Writing II: Craft
  • JMC 201. Reporter’s Narrative I: Style
  • JMC 202. Reporter’s Narrative II: Craft
  • SC 220. Digital Content and Engagement
Additional requirements
  • Students must maintain full-time status.
  • Required and recommended courses must be taken for a grade.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in Jandoli School courses.
  • Students who do not meet the GPA standards will be provided a letter indicating that they will be placed on probation until the GPA requirement is met. Students who continually fall short of the required qualifications may have their seat revoked.
  • Current SBU students may apply for the early assurance program if they meet the 3.0 GPA requirements.