Applicants to these programs must have a bachelor's degree, preferably in a related field, as well as submit GRE scores, a resume, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay. It usually takes about two years of study to complete a master's program in broadcast journalism or radio and television broadcasting. During the program students will be required to undergo internships and may need to complete a thesis paper or capstone program.
Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism
A master's degree program in broadcast journalism typically requires 30-36 credits for completion. Depending on the program, broadcasting students may be able to specialize in global journalism, financial reporting, multimedia broadcasting, or U.S. policy. A GPA of 3.0 is often required for graduation. Students often participate in elective internships and study core topics in:
- Journalism principles
- Writing and editing basics
- Broadcasting laws and regulations
- News production
- Field broadcasting
Master of Arts in Radio and Television Broadcasting
Radio and television broadcasting graduate students may be able to concentrate in administration, documentary production and reporting, sound and visual production, or writing. At the master's degree level, students combine broadcasting principles with hands-on training. They also develop communication and problem-solving skills. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Students who choose not to complete a thesis typically complete a final project or comprehensive final assessment. Topics of study include:
- Broadcasting theory and applied research
- Business and media
- Techniques for interviewing
- Producing and directing strategies
- Writing for television and radio
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
From 2014-2024, broadcast news analysts are projected to experience a 13% decline in employment, notes the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). The BLS also notes that, as of May 2015, broadcast news analysts earned an average salary of $89,240.
Broadcasting master's degree holders can find employment in standard television, radio, and cable industries and in online media. Many with this level of education will choose high-level production roles. The BLS indicates that producers, in general, are expected to see a 9% increase from 2014-2024. The mean annual salary for producers as of May 2015 was $89,670.
Those looking to pursue careers as broadcast news analysts or producers can pursue 2-year master's degree programs in broadcast journalism or radio and television broadcasting.