Top Schools for Radio and Television Broadcasting

Find out which top schools offer certificate and degree programs in radio and television broadcasting. Review brief summaries of the program options at four universities, and find information about other schools in the U.S. that offer training for radio and television broadcasters. View article »

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Programs that provide education in radio and television broadcasting can lead to undergraduate or graduate degrees or certificates. These awards may be offered specifically in radio and television broadcasting, but some schools offer relevant training within broader programs.

Programs in radio and television broadcasting, such as the ones offered at the four national universities profiled here, are designed to show students how to create and alter content for the airwaves. Individual programs provide real-life experience in campus-based stations or studios. Qualified graduates may be able to find positions as program producers or directors, engineers, on-air talent, or technical equipment operators. Each of the four schools discussed here was nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin was tied at #14 on the U.S. News & World Report list of the most innovative schools for 2017. The University of Texas in Austin tied at 18th on U.S. News & World Report's list of top public schools in 2017.

The Department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF), located in the Moody College of Communication, offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Radio-Television-Film with an emphasis on RTF studies or production. Students can also pursue a Master of Arts (M.A.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Media Studies, as well as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Production or Screenwriting. Additional university features include a low 18-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

University of Florida in Gainesville

The University of Florida's Division of Multimedia Properties includes radio and television broadcasting stations for an experiential learning experience. The University of Florida (UF) tied at 50th on U.S. News & World Report's list of top national universities in 2017.

UF's College of Journalism and Communications houses the Department of Telecommunication, where students can specialize in one of four areas: media and society, management, news, or production. All telecommunications majors have the opportunity to work at one of the six commercial or non-commercial radio stations and one online radio station, which broadcasts from the Department of Telecommunication building.

Michigan State University in East Lansing

Michigan State University was tied as the 33rd-best public school in the country for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.

MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences includes the Department of Telecommunication Information Studies and Media (TISM), where students can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Media and Information. Areas of concentration include cinema, cinema and radio, interactive and social media, and media management, through which students gain hands-on experience in the school's audio and visual studios. TISM also offers an M.A. in Journalism, which covers the television and radio mediums.

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Arizona State University in Tempe

Arizona State University's School of Journalism was named the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 1984 after the famous CBS anchor became involved with the program. The undergraduate and graduate programs at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication can prepare students for a wide range of media careers including those in radio and television broadcasting. Students can earn a bachelor's or a master's degree in journalism or sports journalism, and there is also a Ph.D. program. Graduate courses include advanced broadcast reporting and advanced radio reporting, and students can get real-world experience in broadcasting through the Cronkite News Broadcast course, a professional training course.

For 2017, ASU was ranked the #1 most innovative university in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

Other Top Schools

These universities also offer excellent education in radio and television broadcasting:

School Name Location Distinction
California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA The Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Television Arts program offers radio or television production options
Temple University Philadelphia, PA The bachelor's degree program offers a television and radio production track, available through the Media Production Professional Option
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL Has one television station and two radio stations broadcast from Reese Phifer Hall in the College of Communication and Information Science
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL Radio-television majors can pursue a production or broadcast generalist track
University of Houston Houston, TX Bachelor of Arts in Communications program offers specializations in broadcasting and media production
University of North Texas Denton, TX Television and film, broadcast media, and radio majors can pursue a certificate in television news producing

Aspiring radio and television broadcasters can gain the skills they need through specific programs in broadcasting as well as broader journalism or media programs. Many schools give students the chance to get hands-on training in the field.

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