How to Select a Sports Broadcasting Program
Students who want to study sports broadcasting can enroll in journalism programs that offer courses in the subject available through 4-year colleges and universities. Depending on a student's previous education level, both bachelor's and master's degree programs are available and can prepare the student for a career in sports broadcasting.
Students interested in sports broadcasting schools may want to consider the following:
- Students may want to consider schools with sports broadcasting coursework within their journalism departments.
- Internship opportunities may be available at some schools, as well as placement programs; students may want to take into account the success rate and availability of such programs.
- Hands-on experience and networking opportunities may be available through programs such as school radio stations or networking events.
Sports Broadcasting Program Overviews
Bachelor's Degree in Sports Broadcasting
A 4-year degree program in sports broadcasting offered at a college or university will combine general studies courses with sports broadcasting coursework. Students also complete journalism classes and supplement this coursework with classes focusing exclusively on sports journalism. Some programs offer classes in other relevant topics, such as sports management and sports finance. Bachelor's degree programs usually award credit for completing an internship. Applicants should have a good high school GPA and have above average SAT or ACT scores. Classes for the journalism major may include:
- News editing
- Visual communication
- Journalism ethics
Master's Degree in Sports Broadcasting
Master's degree programs give students with non-journalism bachelor's degrees or relatively little professional experience the opportunity to gain journalism training and work experience. Many classes are hands-on and include covering local or college sports. Completion of an internship or other independent production project is also usually required. In addition to passing the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and obtaining letters of recommendation, a bachelor's degree and a demonstrated interest in journalism are necessary for admission. Master's degree coursework will cover topics such as:
- Business of sports media
- Coverage of amateur sports
- Radio and television production
10 Schools for Sports Broadcasting:
|Belhaven University||4-year, Private, not-for-profit|
|Clemson University||4-year, Public|
|Grace College and Theological Seminary||4-year, Private, not-for-profit|
|Ithaca College||4-year, Private, not-for-profit|
|Lipscomb University||4-year, Private, not-for-profit|
|Morehouse College||4-year, Private, not-for-profit|
|Oklahoma State University-Main Campus||4-year, Public|
|The University of Texas at Austin||4-year, Public|
|University of Evansville||4-year, Private, not-for-profit|
|Newman University||4-year, Private, not-for-profit|