Students in Missouri who hope to earn a degree in a broadcasting-related field will find several 2-year colleges and 4-year universities to choose from. Most award journalism or communications degrees with an emphasis in such areas as broadcast journalism, radio production or television production. Practical experience might be gained through internships and by working in school-based radio and television stations.
Below are short overviews of ten of the largest schools in Missouri offering these associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as a comparison table providing each school's individual offerings and tuition information. Specific programs include:
- Mass Communication
- Digital Cinema Arts
- Digital Media Production
- Communication Studies
- Broadcast and Digital Journalism
St. Charles-based Lindenwood University is attended by more than 11,000 students annually and offers several bachelor's degree programs to those with an interest in broadcasting. The Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication program offers three relevant areas of emphasis: television, radio and radio/TV. Lindenwood also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a broadcast emphasis to students who would like to take core courses in basic reporting and news gathering. A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor in Fine Arts in Digital Cinema Arts can also provide students with training in broadcasting; practicums emphasize television news and sports production. Students in these tracks are all offered hands-on opportunities to develop their skills at the school's radio and television stations, 89.1 FM and LUTV.
Missouri State University - Springfield
With more than 20,000 students enrolled each year, Springfield's Missouri State University is the third largest educational institution in the state. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a concentration in broadcast journalism; a print and internet journalism concentration is also available. Students examine the intricacies of interviewing, reporting and production, and an internship is required. The first year focuses on general mass media studies; broadcasting coursework begins in the sophomore year.
Located in Parkville, Park University has a student population of close to 12,000 and features a broadcasting concentration in its broader communication program. In addition to completing communication core classes, students take 37 credits of courses ranging from reporting and electronic communication to television production, radio production and photography. The school encourages students enrolled in the broadcasting concentration to minor in either public relations or journalism.
St. Louis Community College
Situated across four campuses in and around St. Louis, this 2-year public university serves over 29,000 students annually. The school offers an Associate in Applied Science in Mass Communications with a broadcasting concentration at its Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses. Students learn to write and produce content for television and radio; course topics include television production, feature writing and public relations. Students also take an applied course where they work for the campus radio and television studios.
St. Louis University
Located just west of downtown St. Louis, this private university was founded in 1818 and is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. The school offers a bachelor's degree in communication with a concentration in journalism and media studies. Half of the coursework required for graduation comes from the school's communications core; the other half can be tailored to students' interests and includes such classes as media scriptwriting and digital storytelling. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in radio and television production and journalism.
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg's University of Central Missouri is home to nearly 12,000 students and offers a bachelor's degree in digital media production. This concentration is available through the school's Department of Communication and Sociology and prepares students to write and produce content for the broadcast media outlet of their choice. In addition to taking traditional classes, students gain experience by working with KTBG-FM and KMOS-TV, the university-affiliated television and radio stations.
University of Missouri - Columbia
The University of Missouri's Columbia campus is the largest institution of higher learning in the state, with close to 34,000 students enrolled in one of its degree or certificate programs each year. The university's School of Journalism offers several broadcasting focus areas through its undergraduate journalism major, including radio-television reporting and anchoring, convergence radio reporting and producing, radio-television producing and convergence television reporting. Similar areas of study are also available through the school's journalism Master of Arts program. Students who attend the University of Missouri - Columbia can gain practical experience through KOMU, the Columbia affiliate of NBC, or KBIA 91.3 FM, an affiliate of National Public Radio.
University of Missouri - Kansas City
The Kansas City campus of the University of Missouri has an annual enrollment of approximately 15,400 students. The school offers a bachelor's degree in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism and mass communication. The curriculum trains students in writing and reporting techniques for broadcast media. Hands-on training opportunities are available through the student-run radio station and KCUR 89.3, Kansas City's National Public Radio station. Students also have access to production studios, recording facilities, post-production labs and production equipment.
University of Missouri - St. Louis
The University of Missouri's St. Louis campus is attended by nearly 17,000 students each year and offers a bachelor's degree in media studies. This interdisciplinary program includes a wide range of courses designed to help students prepare for careers in such areas as broadcast writing and reporting, feature film writing and radio and television announcing. After students complete 21 credit hours of media studies core coursework, they select an additional 27 hours of classes in such topics as feature writing, television news and announcing. Students can also take on several practicums.
Webster University has several campuses located across the globe, but its main location is in St. Louis. Its School of Communications offers a bachelor's degree in journalism. Students pursuing this major learn how to write, report and produce for broadcast news outlets. In addition to completing courses, students work in the school's television studio, where they produce content for a local cable channel and Gorlock TV, the Webster University television station.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Broadcasting Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Lindenwood University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city|| Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication,
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism,
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Cinema Arts
|$16,022 (all students)*|
|Missouri State University - Springfield||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Journalism|| $7,060 (in-state)*
|Park University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Communication||$11,470 (all students)*|
|St. Louis Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Mass Communications|| $3,090 (in-district)*
|St. Louis University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Communication||$39,226 (all students)*|
|University of Central Missouri||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Production|| $7,322 (in-state)*
|University of Missouri - Columbia||4-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Journalism,
Master of Arts in Journalism
| $9,509 (undergraduate in-state),*
$25,166 (undergraduate out-of-state),
$9,506 (graduate in-state),
$23,602 (graduate out-of-state)*
|University of Missouri - Kansas City||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies|| $7,837 (in-state)*
|University of Missouri - St. Louis||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Media Studies|| $9,394 (in-state)*
|Webster University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Journalism||$25,500 (all students)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator