Best Broadcasting Schools in the U.S.

Broadcasting is the dissemination of content through radio, webcasting and television. Schools across the country offer certificate and degree programs in different aspects of broadcasting. Read on for some of the best broadcasting schools in the nation, based on ''U.S. News & World Report'' rankings.

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A variety of broadcasting programs are offered at U.S. colleges and universities. Certificate, bachelor's degree and master's degree programs are available in radio, television, webcasting, sports broadcasting and journalism.

School Overviews

John Hopkins University, New York University, Syracuse University and Boston University offer some of the best broadcasting programs in the country. All four schools boast overall graduation rates that are over 80% and admissions rates of under 50%, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Also, all of the schools were nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Johns Hopkins University

School Highlight: The MA in Communications can be completed entirely online.

Johns Hopkins University offers a Master of Arts in Communication program. Electives in the program teach students to develop strong communication skills and create a portfolio. A dual MA in Communications with an MBA is also available. The school was ranked #10 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

New York University

School Highlight: The Stern School of Business was established in 1900 as the School of Commerce, Finance and Accounting.

New York University (NYU), through its Stern School of Business, offers the Entertainment, Media & Technology (EMT) program for both undergraduate and graduate students. The undergraduate program helps students earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. It offers several courses that place a focus on broadcasting, including business of film, television management and sports marketing. U.S. News & World Report ranked NYU #36 on its 2017 list of the top universities in the country.

Syracuse University

School Highlight: Students at Newhouse are encouraged to participate in internships with local radio and television stations.

Syracuse University offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in broadcast journalism. The Newhouse School's newly renovated facilities feature classrooms with programs like KeyNote and PowerPoint and labs with motion graphics, research tools and 3D animation. Radio and film students have access to two TV studios and field equipment that includes microphones, lights and production accessories. There are also 60 HD nonlinear editing stations, two digital post-production sound studios and an encoder and streamer available to students. Syracuse was tied for #60 on the U.S. News & World Report list of the best universities in the United States in 2017.

Boston University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: Several undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in film and television through the College of Communication.

The College of Communication at Boston University offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Journalism, and students in the program may choose an emphasis in broadcast journalism. Students in the Master of Science (MS) in Journalism program may also choose the subject as a formal concentration. For undergraduates who are particularly interested in television broadcasting, it is possible to choose a major or a minor in film and television. There is also a Master of Science in Television and Media Ventures, and the school offers a graduate internship program in which students can get work experience at local radio and television stations. According to U.S. News & World Report, Boston University was tied for #39 among all national universities for 2017.

Top Broadcasting Schools

Here are a few more schools with excellent educational offerings in the field of broadcasting:

  • Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications offers undergraduate and graduate programs and has newsrooms in Chicago and Washington, D.C. The school is based in Upper Evanston, IL.
  • At Ohio University in Athens, students can take the broadcast news academic track in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and volunteer to take part in various broadcasts as early as their freshman year.
  • The University of Missouri's School of Journalism is known as the oldest formal journalism school in the country; degree offerings that focus on broadcast include four radio-television options at the undergraduate level and radio and TV reporting at the graduate level. The school is located in Columbia, MO
  • At Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, the School of Journalism and Broadcasting offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Students who are interested in broadcasting can find relevant programs through the journalism and communication departments of some of the best universities in the country.

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