Top Schools for Radio and Television Broadcasting

Find out which top schools offer certificate and degree programs in radio and television broadcasting. Read brief summaries of the program options at three universities, and find a table with at-a-glance information about other schools in the U.S. that offer training for radio and television broadcasters.

School Information

Programs in radio and television broadcasting, such as the ones offered at the three national universities below, are designed to show students how to create and alter content for the airwaves. Award levels can range from undergraduate certificates to graduate degrees. 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.

1. University of Texas at Austin

School Highlight: The University of Texas was named as the best school for media studies in 2014 by Education Portal.

The University of Texas in Austin ranked 17th on U.S. News & World Report's list of top public schools in 2015. 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 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 17-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

2. University of Florida in Gainesville

School Highlight: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) ranked 48th on U.S. News & World Report's list of top national universities in 2015. 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 broadcast from the Department of Telecommunication building.

3. Michigan State University in East Lansing

School Highlight:Michigan State University was ranked as the 35th best public school in the country for 2015 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.

Top Radio and Television Broadcasting Schools in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University School was named Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 1984 after the famous CBS anchor became involved with the program Tempe, AZ
California State University - Northridge B.A. in Cinema and Television Arts program offers radio or television production options Northridge, CA
Temple University Bachelor's degree program offers a television and radio production track, available through the Media Production Professional Option Philadelphia, PA
University of Alabama One television station and two radio stations broadcast from Reese Phifer Hall in the College of Communication and Information Science Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Central Florida Radio-television majors can pursue a production or broadcast generalist track Orlando, FL
University of Houston B.A. in Communications program offers specializations in broadcasting and media production Houston, TX
University of North Texas Television and film, broadcast media and radio majors can pursue a certificate in television news producing Denton, TX

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