Broadcasting Schools in Kansas City with Degree and Course Info

Oct 08, 2018

The Kansas City area has several schools within ten miles of its downtown that offer broadcasting programs. Learn about the courses, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Kansas City, MO, Schools with Broadcasting Programs

Kansas City, MO, has multiple schools within and around the city where students can learn about broadcasting; however, program majors are typically in journalism or communications and contain classes relevant to broadcasting. Future broadcasting professionals can find out more about these programs in the school sections and table below; a substantial description of seven other educational options follows the table.

  • If students are willing to drive about ten miles outside of downtown Kansas City, MO, they can find a communications program with a broadcasting concentration at the private institution Park University, located in Parkville, MO.
  • Individuals looking for a school with a religious affiliation can consider Rockhurst University (RU) in Kansas City, MO, which is grounded in the Jesuit tradition. Here, students wanting to learn about broadcasting can enroll in the international journalism bachelor's degree program or either the minor or certificate program in journalism. The university is located five miles from the downtown.
  • Alternatively, those looking to attend a public university can find a major in communications with a journalism and mass communications emphasis offered at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), located about five miles from the downtown.

Comparison of Schools

Use this table to weigh the cost of attendance and first-year prospects for financial assistance at the public and private schools featured in this article. Find information about acceptance rates, and check out the wide range in student enrollment and graduation rates.

Park University Rockhurst University University of Missouri - Kansas City
School Type Private, non-profit, 4-year university Private, non-profit, 4-year university Public, 4-year university
Total Enrollment (2017) 11,457* 3,043* 16,372*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $10,744* $36,590* $8,011 in-state; $19,793 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017) 88%* 100%* 93%*
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017) 69%* 72%* 64%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 44% full-time, 18% part-time* 86% full-time, 100% part-time* 75% full-time, 29% part-time*
Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 23%* 75%* 48%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Park University

The Department of Communication, Journalism and Public Relations comprises a faculty of practicing journalists, photographers and communications scholars. Together, they have created hands-on curricula that incorporate concepts from different types of media so students receive a well-rounded education in convergence media.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Multimedia Journalism and Public Relations

This program requires 122 credits of coursework with 45 credits in upper-division classes. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in order to graduate with this degree. Topics include professional writing, oral communication, digital skills for media, communication ethics and global and civic reporting. A multimedia practicum in the form of a major project in journalism, photography or public relations will also be required.

Rockhurst University

The Department of Communication and Fine Arts offers a minor in journalism to degree-seeking students and a certificate in journalism to non-degree seeking students. The department recommends to students that they seek out internships, which can be completed for credit. Additionally, an interdisciplinary program international journalism is available that combines a major in a foreign language with a journalism minor. Many journalism classes are taught by practicing journalists.

Certificate or Minor in Journalism

In order to be accepted into the certificate program, applicants need a high school diploma or the equivalent. The course requirements for both the certificate and minor in journalism are the same. Students start out taking two lower-level courses: introductory journalism and either basic photography or photojournalism. Next, students complete four upper-level electives, such as mass media, advanced reporting and editing or feature writing, to learn about writing and creating news for radio and television.

International Journalism Interdisciplinary Bachelor's Program

Rockhurst offers an international journalism program that prepares students for journalism careers where they communicate with different cultures about world affairs. Students choose a major in French or Spanish and then minor in journalism. Before students are granted entry into the international journalism program, they must provide an example of their writing to the journalism program director. Once accepted, students must complete the same requirements as those for the journalism minor and certificate program; they can take courses like editing and design and advanced reporting. A senior capstone project that presents research on an issue regarding global journalism concludes the program.

University of Missouri - Kansas City

The Communications Studies Department is located within the College of Arts and Sciences. Communications majors aren't required to complete internships to graduate, but the department does recommend that students complete one in order to gain professional experience; one to three credits are awarded to students who intern for a specified duration.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Journalism and Mass Communication Emphasis

Students in this degree program complete six credits of core classes required of all communications students: oral communication and listening and a capstone seminar course in communication studies research. Additionally, all students in this concentration complete introductory journalism and introduction to modern media. This flexible program allows students to select 18 credits of electives that are geared toward their career goals, such as public broadcasting, broadcasting management, radio and television production and media writing.

Other Schools

Students looking to earn an associate's degree can consider the mass communication program at Metropolitan Community College, also within Kansas City, MO, which prepares students for careers in electronic media broadcasting in television or radio. Students interested in the technical side of broadcasting can find an Associate in Applied Science in Audio Engineering program at Kansas City Kansas Community College, just across the state border from the adjacent Kansas City in Missouri. Also in the state of Kansas, about 25 miles from downtown Kansas City, is MidAmerica Nazarene University. This school has a major in communications.

Baker University, located in Baldwin City, Kansas, nearly 50 miles away from the downtown, has a bachelor's degree program in mass media that includes practical work in radio, television, online news and sports broadcasting. Another school located roughly 50 miles from the downtown area is Benedictine College, which has a journalism and mass communications major with elective courses in sports broadcasting. Also approximately 50 miles outside of Kansas City, in Warrensburg, MO, is the University of Central Missouri, where students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Production. This degree prepares them for radio and television careers.

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