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What Are the Top Broadcasting Graduate Schools?

Learn about some of the top schools in the country to offer graduate-level programs in broadcasting. Go over program and ranking details specific to three of these top schools, then see highlights of other standouts in the field. View article »

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Several top graduate schools across the nation offer broadcasting programs through their journalism departments. Students can find programs specifically in the field, or they can choose to specialize or take courses in broadcasting and broadcast journalism within a broader degree program.

The University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), New York University (NYU), and Columbia University are all highly ranked schools that offer graduate programs in broadcast journalism. UC Berkeley offers modern courses in subjects like podcasting, while U.S. News & World Report ranked NYU specifically for its MFA program, which covers visual communications. Columbia was ranked in the top 5 schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

1. University of California at Berkeley

The University of California - Berkley offers workshops through the Advanced Media Institute.

According to U.S. News & World Report's list for 2017, UC- Berkley is the top-ranked public school in the country. The Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism offers a Master of Journalism program that requires students to complete the program in four consecutive semesters. Courses of instruction include topics like television and visual journalism as well as completion of a reporting internship.

2. New York University in New York, NY

New York University ranked #36 among all national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2017.

New York University offers graduate degrees relating to journalism through the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The latest graduate school rankings from U.S. News and World Report (2016) tied New York University at #48 among the nation's MFA programs, which covers multimedia and visual communications programs.

The Journalism Institute at NYU offers various areas of study, and students can pursue a Master of Arts in their area of interest. In addition to techniques in broadcasting and print journalism, students have the opportunity to experiment with Web-based journalism that combines video and audio broadcasting.

3. Columbia University in New York, NY

Columbia University ranked tied for #5 on U.S. World and News Report's 2017 listing of national universities.

The Columbia Journalism School offers a Master of Arts and a Master of Science in Journalism. Students in these programs can focus their studies on broadcast journalism. This focus area includes both audio- and video-based coursework. Students learn to tell stories using these media and they gain experience with industry-standard technology through workshop courses.

Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in the field of broadcast journalism, including radio reporting, podcasting and network TV news.

Top Broadcasting Graduate Schools

Let's explore the broadcasting graduate programs offered at other well-regarded schools:

School Name Distinction Location
CUNY Graduate School Students have access to a 24-hour cable television station and are also located close to media centers in NYC. New York, NY
Pennsylvania State University Students have gone on to find internships and employment with organizations such as ABC News, CBS News, ESPN and the NFL. University Park, PA
University of Florida UF was ranked tied at #14 among public schools by U.S. News and World Report in 2017 Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Students can join organizations such as the Society for Professional Journalists or the National Association of Black Journalists. Champaign, IL
University of Maryland The school offers a master's degree program as well as a 12-unit certificate program for working professionals. College Park, MD
University of Southern California USC ranked #23 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017 Los Angeles, CA
Virginia Commonwealth University In 2017, VCU was ranked among the top 100 public schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report Richmond, VA

Prospective graduate students who want to pursue broadcasting can find programs in journalism and closely related fields at well-regarded institutions throughout the United States.


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