Top Graduate Schools for the Study of Television Production

Learn about the top television production education programs available at the graduate degree level. Read on for school rankings and locations as well as program requirements and curriculum.

School Overviews

Top graduate schools offering television production programs include the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), both of which have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Each university has master's degree programs that provide a thorough education in film and television production, including the opportunity for students to film, direct, and edit production pieces of their own, sometimes in professional studio settings. Both master's degree programs in television and film production require three years to complete.

1. University of Southern California in Los Angeles

School Highlight: USC was ranked among the top 25 schools in the nation in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.

Because of its location in L.A., USC is a popular school among students interested in television production. The university's School of Cinematic Arts offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film and Television Production. The program includes courses in television directing, news writing, cinematic communication, film and television acting, television station management and television documentary production. In addition to classroom courses, students learn television production skills through hands-on production projects with film and television studios.

2. University of Texas at Austin

School Highlight: The UT-Austin was named in 2015 as the 17th best public school in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The university's Department of Radio-Television-Film offers a MFA in Film and Media Production. The program allows students to film, produce, and edit films and documentaries through courses in television writing, alternative media, production techniques, and reception studies. In the third year, students demonstrate their proficiency in film and television production with a comprehensive thesis project.

Top Television Production Graduate Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
Ball State University Master's degree program in digital storytelling emphasizes production and design in a new media technology environment Muncie, IN
Boston University Master of Science (MS) program in television can be completed in three semesters Boston, MA
CUNY Brooklyn College MFA program in television production gives students the opportunity to explore the field through a variety of genres, including news, sports, documentary, drama, art and experimental Brooklyn, NY
New York University Dual Master of Business Administration (MBA) and MFA program in film production allows students to simultaneously focus on the creative and business sides of the entertainment industry New York, NY
Northwestern University Master of Arts (MA)/PhD program in screen cultures is research based, but students can take courses in media production; students earn a master's degree en route to the doctorate Evanston, IL
San Diego State University Program offers a master's degree in television, film and new media; university is home to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film San Diego, CA
San Francisco State University Students can choose from specializations in audio and video production, management, media aesthetics and news and documentary within the MA program in broadcast electronic communication arts San Francisco, CA
Syracuse University Students in the master's degree program in radio, television and film can pursue internship opportunities in major media markets, and they participate in industry seminars based in Los Angeles and New York City Syracuse, NY
Temple University Students in the Master of Arts (MA) program in media studies and production can select a concentration in media production and business designed for students who want to work hands-on in the media industry Philadelphia, PA
University of North Texas MFA program available in radio, television and film production that requires three years of study Denton, TX

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