Radio Technology Schools and Courses: How to Choose

Radio technology programs often prepare graduates for careers in marketing, operations, production and program management. Certificate programs may focus exclusively on radio technology, though degree programs often combine radio and television broadcasting technology.

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Universities, community colleges and vocational schools offer a variety of certificate, diploma and degree options related to radio technology. These programs generally prepare students for media-related careers.

Schools with Radio Technology Programs

These schools offer programs that cover radio technology:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,806 in-state, $34,676 out-of-state
Central Carolina Community College Sanford, NC 2-year, Public Associate, Certificate $2,412 in-state, $8,556 out-of-state
Hinds Community College Raymond, MS 2-year, Public Associate, Certificate $2,600 in-state, $5,200 out-of-state
Northwestern University Evanston, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $49,047
Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY 2-year, Public Associate $5,202 in-state, $8,082 out-of-state
Delaware State University Dover, DE 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,531 in-state, $16,138 out-of-state
Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC 2-year, Public Associate, Certificate $2,025 in-state, $6,631 out-of-state
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Associate, Certificate $2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Here are a few important considerations for students choosing between schools in this field:

  • Students may want to think about the comprehensiveness of the program. For instance, certificate and diploma programs usually only cover basic concepts, while undergraduate degree programs include more extensive coursework, as well as general education.
  • Students should examine the program's curriculum to determine whether or not it includes hands-on experience requirements.
  • Students should find out if there are extracurricular opportunities available through the school that provide practical, such as student-run radio stations, off-campus internships, original research projects and portfolio creation opportunities.

Radio Technology Certificate

Students in these programs learn to work as part of an audio production team, as well as researching how to target specific audiences and to understand the use of computers in radio production.

Radio Technology Associate Degrees

Associate degree programs often focus on broadcasting, covering both radio and television. These 2-year degree programs prepare graduates for entry-level positions in radio. Students learn to use the equipment employed in the industry. Many schools offer an internship or on-campus practicum that allows students to gain hands-on experience.

Radio Technology Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor's degree programs in radio and television typically focus on the history and theory of mass communications, as well as teaching technical skills. These programs often require an internship, and they may allow students access to digital recording and editing equipment.

There are multiple degree levels at which students can study radiation technology. In addition to lecture-based coursework, students can prepare for work in the field through hands-on courses and real-world opportunities outside of class.

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