One of the first things that a student may want to do when selecting a school is determine what type of degree will best suit his or her needs. An associate degree in radio broadcasting, commonly offered by community colleges, introduces students to basic training in the field; a bachelor's degree, while more advanced, will be more costly and take more time to complete.
Schools with Radio Broadcasting Programs
The below schools represent various options for aspiring radio broadcasters:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees, In-state (2015-2016)*|
|Arizona State University||Phoenix, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,158|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$2,834|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,381|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,368|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||$9,806|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$3,360|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$13,560|
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$2,064|
|California State University - Long Beach||Long Beach, California||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,452|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
When choosing a program in this field, there are several factors to take into account:
- Consider the important distinctions between an associate and bachelor's program; the former will familiarize students with the basics of radio broadcasting equipment and writing broadcast copy while the latter is more comprehensive (especially in regards to hands-on experience).
- Consider what radio facilities and radio show training experiences are made available to students.
- Students should research opportunities for internships and letters of reference, as these can help ease the student's transition into the job market and provide an edge in securing a full-time radio broadcasting position.
- Research the reputation of a prospective school and its faculty.
Degree programs in radio broadcasting are typically available as associate and bachelor's degrees, although certificates and graduate degrees also exist. Students can typically expect to create their own radio broadcasts as part of these programs.