Graduate-level broadcasting programs typically include a mixture of theoretical courses and advanced research. Depending on the program, students may be required to submit a final project, thesis or dissertation prior to graduation.
10 Schools That Offer Graduate Degrees in Broadcasting
The following ten schools with journalism and broadcasting programs mainly award master's degrees:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Boston University||Boston, Massachusetts||4-year, Private||Master's||$47,422|
|Emerson College||Boston, Massachusetts||4-year, Private||Master's||$28,728|
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, New York||4-year, Private||Master's||$33,312|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, California||4-year, Private||Master's||$39,984|
|University of Miami||Coral Gables, Florida||4-year, Private||Master's||$33,300|
|University of Maryland||Baltimore, Maryland||4-year, Public||Master's, doctorate||In state $12,944; Out of state $28,328|
|American University||Washington, District of Columbia||4-year, Private||Master's||$27,468|
|City University of New York||New York, New York||4-year, Public||Master's||In state $9,060; Out of state $21,000|
|Columbia College-Chicago||Chicago, Illinois||4-year, Private||Master's||$24,684|
|Quinnipiac University||Hamden, Connecticut||4-year, Private||Master's||$17,190|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when deciding on a broadcasting program:
- Students who want to specialize in a particular type of broadcasting, such as sports broadcasting, should look for programs that offer a major or concentration option in that field.
- Students should consider access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, such as multi-media video production equipment.
- For students who plan to pursue a job in the media industry, it is important to explore internship opportunities offered through the school, in order to ensure that the options are relevant to the career they want to pursue.
- It is important for students with work obligations or other scheduling constraints to find out about the part-time study options offered through certain schools.
Master's Degree Programs
Students may be able to earn a master's degree specifically in broadcasting, or the subject may be provided as a concentration option within a broader journalism program. In these programs, students take advanced courses in news reporting and communications, in order to prepare for future careers in broadcast journalism. In some programs, students can choose a concentration or track, such as sports journalism or broadcast meteorology. Prior to graduation, students are often required to fulfill an internship requirement and submit a thesis or final project.
Doctoral Degree Programs
While there are no PhD programs specifically in broadcasting, it is possible for students to study the topic within a doctoral program in journalism or communications. These programs give students the opportunity to conduct advanced research in a journalism-related topic, such as broadcasting, that leads to a final dissertation and defense. Applicants to these programs may need to hold a master's degree and have experience working in broadcast journalism.
Institutions around the country offer graduate programs in broadcasting. Students should look into different schools' curricula, facilities and scheduling options when choosing between programs.