Top Ten Universities for Broadcasting Communications

Read about top schools for broadcasting communications and journalism. Learn about the degree options at four leading universities, and use the table at the end of the resource to find other schools in the U.S. that offer programs for broadcast communication specialists and journalists.

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Aspiring broadcast journalists can find relevant undergraduate and graduate programs at Syracuse University, the University of Illinois and the University of Southern California. Each of these nationally ranked universities offers programs that have been individually approved by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), as noted in the school summaries below.

1. Syracuse University in New York

School Highlight: Syracuse was the first school in the U.S. to offer a radio course.

According to U.S. News & World Report in 2015, Syracuse University ranked tied for 58th among national universities. It also made The Princeton Review's list of 'Best Northeastern College' for 2015.

Through the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) in Broadcast Journalism. The school also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Broadcast and Digital Journalism that has been accredited by the ACEJMC. Broadcasting communications majors take classes in reporting, research, media editing and production. Both undergraduate and graduate students can work at the university's radio broadcasting and television stations or participate in professional experiences with affiliated broadcasting agencies.

2. University of Southern California in Los Angeles

School Highlight: USC is home to the Norman Lear Center.

The University of Southern California in Los Angeles is a private college that U.S. News & World Report ranked tied for 25th among national universities in 2015. The university's Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism offers ACEJMC-accredited programs leading to a B.A. in Broadcast and Digital Journalism or an M.A. in Journalism. Students can also earn a B.A. in Communications or an M.A. in one of seven different fields, including communication management, global communication and journalism.

The Annenberg School also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with seven different concentrations, including global and transnational communication, health communication and social dynamics or new media and technology. Hands-on broadcast communication experiences for students at all levels can be found at Annenberg TV News and Annenberg Radio News.

3. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

School Highlight: Illinois is home to the Institute of Communications Research.

In 2015, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked tied for 42nd among national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. The College of Media offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Journalism with an emphasis on broadcast journalism and an M.S. in Journalism, both of which have been approved by the ACEJMC. In addition to in-class work, students can acquire practical skills by working in the school's public television or radio stations.

Top Broadcasting Communications Programs

Name of School Distinction Location
Boston University Internship program in Los Angeles Boston, MA
Marquette University J. William and Mary Diederich 4-year full scholarship for communications students Milwaukee, WI
University of Colorado - Boulder Digital Media Test Kitchen Boulder, CO
University of Georgia Home to the Peabody Awards for electronic media Athens, GA
University of Miami Communication Honors Program Coral Gables, FL
University of Missouri First journalism school in the world Columbia, MO
Winthrop University Integrated Marketing Communication program Rock Hill, SC
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