Sports Broadcasting Graduate Program Options

At the graduate level, sports broadcasting is most commonly offered as a specialization option in a journalism program. Find out about program requirements and career prospects after graduation.

Essential Information

These two-year master's programs train students for journalism careers by combining lecture-based classes with hands-on experiences in college publications or production studios. Many programs require students to participate in real-world assignments, internships and fieldwork experiences. Prior to graduation, students must submit a graduate thesis or comprehensive professional project. Afterward, students go on to become reporters, analysts, and producers in the sports industry.

Master's Degree in Journalism - Sports Broadcasting

After receiving an undergraduate degree, students enroll in master's degree-level courses in sports broadcasting to enhance their writing and reporting skills. For admission, most programs require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test, essay responses, letters of recommendation and work history. Journalism students who choose to focus on sports broadcasting may choose to take the following courses:

  • Studio and field electronic production
  • Broadcasting ethics and mass communication law
  • Online sports reporting
  • Business of sports
  • Communication through words and images
  • Society and sports

Employment Prospects and Salary Info

Students who earn master's degrees are prepared for careers in radio or television and may choose to work either in front of the camera or behind the scenes. An advanced degree is typically required for supervisory positions. Here are some common job titles:

  • Program director
  • Analyst
  • Announcer
  • Reporter
  • Producer
  • Assistant producer

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for radio and television announcers is expected to decline 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, most likely due to the consolidation of radio and television stations. Radio and television announcers earned an average of $46,410 per year as of May 2015, according to the BLS.

If you want to become a sports broadcaster, you can pursue a master's degree in journalism with a concentration in sports broadcasting. These programs typically include real-world broadcasting experiences as well as traditional coursework. Graduates may find careers as reporters, producers, announcers and more.

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