List of the Top Sports Broadcasting Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Learn about good schools that offer sports broadcasting degrees. Find out about rankings, study options and locations to make an informed decision about training to become a broadcaster.

School Overviews

Sports broadcasting is a competitive field that requires participants to have specialized journalism training coupled with a strong knowledge of the sports world. Several schools and colleges offer sports broadcasting coursework for journalism students, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Webster University, both described below.

1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

School Highlight: The College of Media at the U of I is one of just 109 schools accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a large research institution, was ranked tied for #42 among all national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Urbana-Champaign is one of three campuses that make up the larger University of Illinois. Within the College of Media, the Journalism Department offers a bachelor's program with a broadcast journalism sequence that covers television, radio and multimedia reporting. Students have the opportunity to take elective courses in sports reporting as well.

2. Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri

School Highlight: Students who pursue Webster's sports journalism certificate will hands-on training in the field.

Webster University includes over 100 U.S. and worldwide campuses. U.S. News & World Report listed Webster University tied fo #26 on its Best College list for Midwest regional universities. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Within Webster's School of Communications, students can pursue a broadcast and digital journalism degree. They study production techniques, broadcast reporting and on-air appearance performance. They can also choose to complete a specific sports broadcasting course. This program focuses on professional development and can include an internship.

Top Sports Broadcasting Programs

College/University Distinction Location
Ball State University Earned awards for top digital sports media program from the Sports Video Group Muncie, IN
Columbia College Chicago Multimedia journalism majors can specialize in broadcasting and participate in internships and the student-run television and radio programs Chicago, IL
Hofstra University Hofstra's radio station, WHRU, is ranked No. 1 by Princeton Review and is the only college station to be the flagship station for a professional sports team (the New York Islanders) Hempstead, NY
Indiana University The Department of Kinesiology joins with the Department of Telecommunications and the School of Journalism to offer a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSK) with a sport communication-broadcast specialization Bloomington, IN
University of Georgia The school is home to the John Huland Carmical Distinguished Professor in Sports Journalism and Society Athens, GA
University of North Texas Students in the Converged Broadcast Media bachelor's degree program have access to sports broadcast electives and award-winning student cable television and radio stations Denton, TX

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