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NYC Broadcasting Colleges and Schools with Degree Program Info

The New York City area has more than 15 colleges that offer broadcasting programs, including three located less than ten miles from the downtown. Learn about the degree programs, admission info, and program requirements for three of these schools and make an informed education decision.

Broadcasting Schools in New York City

Students in New York City who are interested in broadcasting can find programs at a community college and a 4-year school affiliated with the City University of New York (CUNY); programs are also available at a large private university. In addition to the programs, students have access to campus-based radio and television stations, studios, and post-production facilities. Read about the schools and programs below, and compare key school statistics with the accompanying table. An overview of other school options can be found at the end of the resource.

  • New York University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in media and communication. The school is located in the Greenwich Village area of the city, a little over one mile from downtown Manhattan.
  • At CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, located about 2.5 miles from the downtown, students can earn an associate's degree in video arts and technology.
  • CUNY Brooklyn College offers bachelor's degree programs in broadcast journalism or television and radio. This college is located less than nine miles from downtown Manhattan.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring broadcast professionals can use this table to compare program costs and get an idea of how many first-time students return after the first year. Note the open admissions policy at the Borough of Manhattan Community College; New York University and CUNY Brooklyn College are selective.

New York University CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY Brooklyn College
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 51,123* 26,932* 17,803*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $50,464* $5,170 in-state; $8,050 out-of-state* $7,040 in-state; $14,430 out-of-state*
% of Undergraduates Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 54%* 83%* 83%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 28%* N/A - Open admissions 40%*
Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017) 93% for full-time students; 71% for part-time students* 63% for full-time students; 45% for part-time students* 82% for full-time students; 90% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 84% (10% transfer-out rate) (for students who began Fall 2011)* 20% (20% transfer-out rate) (for students who began Fall 2014)* 58% (21% transfer-out rate) (for students who began Fall 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

New York University

New York University (NYU) is a private, not-for-profit institution that enrolls more than 51,000 students across its 18 schools and colleges. The school's media, culture, and communication programs are offered through the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs are available.

Bachelor of Science in Media, Culture, and Communication

Students can complete this 128-credit program in four years. They choose two of five communication specialties on which to focus. Available specialties include global and transcultural communication, interaction and social processes, technology and society, images and screen studies, and persuasion and politics. General education courses are part of the curriculum, including foreign language classes. Students can also participate in the student newspaper, campus television station, and student-run radio station.

Master of Arts in Media, Culture, and Communication

This master's program requires 36 credit hours and allows students to hone their communication and research skills. Available specialties include interaction and social processes, global and transcultural communication, visual culture and cultural studies, technology and society, and media institutions and politics. The program requires completion of a thesis or comprehensive exam.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Media, Culture, and Communication

This 48-credit-hour program (for students with a master's degree; 54 credits for those without a graduate degree) includes a doctoral seminar, an introductory communication research seminar, and a dissertation proposal seminar. Students complete 14-16 credits of departmental courses that focus on research and methodology, as well as 12 credits of theoretical and foundational coursework from outside the department. Additionally, they're required to take 8-10 credits of electives offered by the Media, Culture, and Communication Department.

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) enrolls students from more than 150 countries. The main campus spans more than four acres and four blocks.

Associate in Science in Video Arts and Technology

This 60-credit program offers instruction in video, television, and audio production. Some of the required courses include TV studio production, video editing, digital media, and remote production. Students can choose from electives in digital graphic design, mass media, and cinematography. An internship can also be selected.

CUNY Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College serves more than 17,000 students annually. With a 35-acre campus, the college has more than 150 undergraduate and graduate programs. Undergraduates can study broadcast journalism or investigate the technical aspects of television and radio broadcasting.

Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism

Part of the college's Department of Television and Radio, this program is the only one of its kind offered among City University of New York schools. Upon completion, students can seek jobs in the professional electronic news arena. They're required to complete 42 major credits, along with 12 credits in a specialized area, other than television and radio or journalism.

Bachelor of Arts in Television and Radio

This program explores various aspects of the television and radio industries and requires 36 credit hours of major coursework. Required classes focus on the history and practice of mass media, television and radio writing, and basic production theories and techniques. Students can also take courses in multimedia design and production, radio production, and poetry, to name just a few of the study options.

Other School Options

Students interested in broadcasting can explore the programs at CUNY Bronx Community College, located in the Bronx, and CUNY Kingsborough Community College, situated in Brooklyn. Long Island University in Brookville and the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury also offer broadcasting programs.


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