Many accredited public and private schools, colleges and universities offer broadcast journalism degree programs that focus on various aspects of mass communication through media.
Schools with Broadcast Journalism Programs
Broadcast journalism is offered in both four-year public and private universities in the United States, including the following:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)**|
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||$43,318 (Undergrad), $33,312 (Graduate, Tuition only)|
|University of South Carolina||Columbia, SC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$11,482 (In-state), $30,298 (out-of-state)|
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$11,622 (In-state), $29,832 (Out-of-state)|
|University of Miami||Coral Gables, FL||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$45,724|
|Auburn University||Auburn, AL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,424 (In-state), $28,040 (Out-of-state)|
|Western Kentucky University||Bowling Green, KY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,482 (In-state), $24,132 (Out-of-state)|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||$48,436 (Undergrad) $47,422 (Graduate, Tuition only)|
Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
All broadcast journalism degree programs include courses on communication, speech presentation, the history and current state of news media and journalistic research and writing. Students interested in broadcast journalism schools should consider the following:
- Schools with industry partners and internship opportunities may help with job placement after graduation.
- Degree programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels - choose a program in line with your career goals and previous level of education.
- Look for programs that offer hands-on training through school TV or radio stations and access to modern, professional equipment.
- Some schools may require lab or studio fees, so keep these extra costs in mind when looking at tuition rates.
Associate's Degree Programs
At the associate's degree level, broadcast journalism is typically offered as a concentration or track within a broader Associate of Arts in Communications program. Majors take courses in mass media-related topics, as well as general education requirements. In many cases, these programs are intended for students who plan to transfer to four-year bachelor's degree programs in broadcast journalism.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
A few schools offer bachelor's degree programs specifically in broadcast journalism, but it is most commonly found as a concentration option within a bachelor's degree program in journalism. Students in these programs learn about all aspects of the media production process, including reporting, editing and investigations, and they also study the legal and ethical aspects of the industry. They also study the different media used in broadcast journalism, including print, photography and video.
Master's Degree Programs
Master's degrees are available in broadcast journalism or in journalism with a concentration in broadcast news. These programs can take anywhere from nine months to two years to complete. They usually require an internship or other real-world training experience. Over the course of these programs, students build a portfolio of work that they can use to demonstrate their skills to employers upon graduation.
Although doctoral programs in journalism are rare, there are a few schools that provide Ph.D. programs in the field. These research-based programs are highly flexible, allowing students to tailor their coursework and studies toward broadcasting-related topics. Prior to graduation, students submit a dissertation based on their independent research findings.
Undergraduate and graduate degree programs in broadcast journalism are offered at private and public schools. In choosing a program, students need to consider other factors including internship opportunities and availability of hands-on training.