Broadcasting Degrees in Miami, FL with Course Descriptions

Dec 31, 2018

There are three schools in the Miami, FL, area that offer degrees related to broadcasting. To find out which one is for you, read an overview of the program offerings and requirements at these colleges, all located within 15 miles of downtown.

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 three 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 seven miles from the city's center.
  • The University of Miami is only about six 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 5.5 miles west of downtown Miami. FIU's programs include a fully Spanish-taught master's degree program in journalism.

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 (2017) 56,001* 17,003* 56,718*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $2,838 in-state;
$9,661 out-of-state*
$48,484* $6,556 in-state; $18,954 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 82%* 76%* 86%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions* 36%* 54%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) N/A 91% for full-time students; 88% part-time students* 88% for full-time students; 77% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began studies in Fall 2011) 31%* 84%* 57%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College has 9 Miami-area campuses that serve around 56,000 stuents. MDC's School of Entertainment and Design Technology operates a cable TV production studio, radio station and music studio at the North 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, journalism, media management or electronic media. Subjects covered in the broadcast journalism program include data journalism, newsgathering, electronic media, communication ethics 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 take some of the same classes, in addition to courses in media technology, media programming and electronic media production.

Master of Arts in Journalism

The master's degree program in journalism allows students to choose electives in subjects such as writing across media platforms, Internet reporting, sports reporting and social media. Tracks in news and feature writing, broadcast journalism and multimedia journalism are available.

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 the School of Communication and Journalism are approved by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Bachelor of Science in Communication

Students can complete this program with a concentration in journalism and take courses in news reporting, visual storytelling and globalized media. 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 Communication

The master's degree in communication at Florida International University has two 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.

Other Schools

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 28 miles north of Miami. Additionally, Lynn University in Boca Raton, about 42 miles north of downtown Miami, offers a bachelor's degree in multimedia journalism.

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