Broadcasting Schools in Minneapolis, MN with Degree Overviews

Jan 15, 2019

The Minneapolis area has two colleges within ten miles of downtown that offer broadcasting programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

Minneapolis Broadcasting Schools

Broadcasting programs teach students how to communicate to the public and deliver messages through different mediums, such as radio or television. The Minneapolis area features two schools that provide broadcasting education and training.

  • The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, a 4-year university located in Minneapolis, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.
  • Located in nearby St. Paul, the University of St. Thomas, another 4-year institution, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Journalism along with a minor in the field.

Comparison of Schools

Read the table below to find out more information about each school including program costs, acceptance and graduation rates.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of St. Thomas
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 51,848* 9,878*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $14,417 in-state; $26,603 out-of-state* $41,133*
% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 81%* 99%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 50%* 84%*
Retention Rate (2017) 93% for full-time students; 75% for part-time students* 88% for full-time students; 100% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2011) 80%* 77%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Minnesota

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers three tracks leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, including one in professional journalism. Other tracks include strategic communication and mass communication. These programs focus on advertising and public relations and the political and legal aspects of communication, respectively.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism - Professional Journalism

The professional journalism track grooms students for positions in reporting, writing, producing and editing using the latest technology. Students can take broadcasting-related classes on such topics as multimedia production, advanced TV and radio reporting and newscast producing.

University of St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university that offers programs at the bachelor's degree level. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts, along with a minor. Programs are available in business administration, education, engineering, health, music and social work, among others. The Communications and Journalism Department offers both a major and minor in the field and has 13 full-time and 13 part-time faculty members.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Journalism

While the Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Journalism requires that students complete core communications courses, a variety of electives related to broadcasting also are available. Students have an opportunity to pursue broadcasting coursework in radio production, videography, multimedia reporting and video production, to name a few. Additional elective options include visual communication, television criticism, editing, photojournalism, web writing and magazine writing. Students also have the opportunity to complete an internship for academic credit.

Communication & Journalism Minor

The communication & journalism minor requires that students complete five courses, which equals out to 20 credits. In addition to two introductory communication courses, students are required to choose three elective courses to round out their studies. Elective courses cover the areas of communication theory and analysis and communication practice and applications. Students can also choose to study abroad or participate in independent study to gain elective credits for the program.

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