Miami Broadcasting Schools
Students in Miami looking for broadcasting degree programs have both undergraduate and graduate options. Find out about the required coursework and hands-on learning experiences available at 3 colleges. There's also a table of facts and figures that allows for easy comparison of the schools. Some details on a couple of other institutions in the area are provided as well.
- The only 2-year broadcasting degree available in the area is from Miami Dade College (MDC). MDC offers an associate's degree program in radio and TV broadcasting as well as a related certificate and a 4-year degree in television production. The school's North campus is about 10 miles from the city's center.
- The University of Miami is only about 7 miles from downtown Miami and offers a communication bachelor's degree program with concentrations in broadcast journalism and electronic media. The university also has a master's degree program in journalism that involves studies in TV and radio news reporting.
- Mass communication bachelor's and master's degree programs with journalism concentrations are available at Florida International University, which is located about 14 miles west of downtown Miami. FIU's programs include a fully Spanish-taught master's degree program in journalism.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Broadcast Journalism
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Comparison of Schools
Take a moment to review this table for additional info on the profiled colleges. Having learned about their program offerings, it may be helpful to explore stats on costs, acceptance rates, enrollment numbers and more.
|Miami Dade College||University of Miami||Florida International University|
|School Type||4-year, primarily associate's; public||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||66,046*||16,674*||49,610*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|| $2,834 in-state;
|$45,724*||$6,556 in-state; $18,954 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||81%*||78%*||91%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2015-2016)||N/A - open admissions*||38%*||53%*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||N/A||93% for full-time students; 88% part-time students*||84% for full-time students; 62% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (2012)||33%*||81%*||54%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College has the largest undergraduate population of any campus-based postsecondary school in the U.S., and in 2014-2015, nearly 93,000 students were enrolled in classes on its 8 Miami-area campuses. MDC's School of Entertainment and Design Technology operates cable TV production studios at the North and Homestead campuses and a radio station at the Kendall campus.
Associate in Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting
This 64-credit program in television broadcasting is designed for students interested in doing the behind-the-camera work of broadcasting, such as editing, production and audio engineering. Students learn to operate television equipment, use editing software, direct television broadcasts and manage broadcasting operations. Courses in radio and television production and writing for broadcast productions are required. Electives include internship and practicum opportunities through the campus radio and TV studios.
University of Miami
This private university is situated just outside the city of Miami in Coral Gables. The School of Communication has 2 cable studios, including a newsroom and production studio for broadcasting not related to news. Students can also earn practical experience by working in campus control and editing studios and a university radio station.
Bachelor of Science in Communication
Students in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication program can choose a major in broadcast journalism, electronic media or media management. Subjects covered in the broadcast journalism program include major writing and reporting for news, legal issues in electronic media and television news. Those in the program also participate in a weekly news broadcast from the university's cable station. Students in the electronic media major are able to tailor a degree program to a preferred area of broadcast communication, such as production, editing or media sales. Students in these majors must minor in a separate subject or double major.
Master of Arts in Journalism
The master's degree program in journalism allows students to choose electives in subjects such as writing for television, Internet reporting, sports reporting and electronic media. Tracks in news and feature writing and electronic journalism are available; the electronic journalism track prepares learners for careers in TV and other media. Students who are interested in becoming weather newscasters might consider the Master of Professional Science in Broadcast Meteorology program, which includes courses from the university's School of Communication and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Florida International University
FIU offers bachelor's and master's degrees in mass communication for those interested in broadcasting. For Spanish-speaking students, FIU provides a journalism master's degree program taught totally in Spanish. Journalism programs at SJMC are approved by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication
Students can complete this program with a concentration in journalism and take courses in news reporting, visual storytelling and media management. Coursework helpful for a broadcasting career could include multi-ethnic reporting, television and news gathering. FIU encourages students to earn practical experience through internship opportunities.
Master of Science in Mass Communication
The master's degree in mass communication at Florida International University has 3 program tracks specifically geared toward Spanish speakers and those interested in reporting on issues important to Latinos. The Spanish language in multimedia journalism track is taught in Spanish. The Latin American and Caribbean studies track combines Latin American political science and survey classes, which are taught in English, with courses from the Spanish-language master's in journalism program. The Spanish - English language journalism track could be helpful for Spanish-speaking students who want to increase their skills for both English and Latino broadcast media markets.
Two more schools in the Miami area have degree programs related to broadcasting. An A.S. program in broadcasting is available at City College - Fort Lauderdale, which is about 32 miles north of Miami. Additionally, Lynn University in Boca Raton, about 46 miles north of downtown Miami, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in multimedia that include courses in broadcast writing, editing and performance.