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.

Top U.S. Schools with Radio and Television Broadcasting Programs

1. University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas in Austin ranked 13th on U.S. News & World Report's list of top public schools in 2012. 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 18-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

2. University of Florida in Gainesville

The University of Florida (UF) ranked 58th on U.S. News & World Report's list of top national universities in 2012. Additionally, the radio and television program at UF is one of less than 100 programs nationwide accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). 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

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Michigan State University (MSU) 71st on its list of top national universities. 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, television and radio, through which students gain hands-on experience in the school's audio and visual studios. TISM also offers an M.A. in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, as well as a Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies.

List of 10 Good 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
Michigan State University Student-run cable television show is the longest-running one in the country East Lansing, MI
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 broadcast journalism, generalist or production track Orlando, FL
University of Florida Second-largest undergraduate communications school in the U.S. Gainesville, 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
University of Texas at Austin Radio-television departments ranked 4th by U.S. News & World Report in 2003 Austin, TX

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