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Sports Broadcasting Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Sports broadcasting is a specialized part of broadcast journalism and students must learn the skills necessary for all broadcasting, such as reporting, storytelling and producing. Therefore, students will want to look for a well-rounded journalism program that also offers the option for specialization.

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Students who want to study sports broadcasting can enroll in journalism programs that offer courses in the subject available through 4-year colleges and universities. Depending on a student's previous education level, both bachelor's and master's degrees are available and can prepare the student for a career in sports broadcasting; certificates are available from a few schools as well.

Schools for Sports Broadcasting

Students looking for a school offering sports broadcasting programs can consider the following institutions:

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Levels* Tuition (2015-2016, In-State)*
Belhaven University Jackson, MS 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $21,816
Clemson University Clemson, SC 4-year, Public Bachelor's $14,272
Grace College and Theological Seminary Winona Lake, IN 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $22,450
Ithaca College Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $40,658
Morehouse College Atlanta, GA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Certificate $26,742
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Stillwater, OK 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $7,778 (undergraduate); $7,230 (graduate)
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Certificate, Bachelor's $9,806
University of Evansville Evansville, IN 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $32,946
Newman University Wichita, KS 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $26,030

Sources: *NCES

Selecting a Sports Broadcasting Program

Students interested in sports broadcasting schools may want to consider the following:

  • Program specialization may be an important point to look at. Students want to consider schools with sports broadcasting coursework or sports broadcasting concentrations within their journalism departments.
  • Internship opportunities may be available at some schools, as well as placement programs; students may want to take into account the success rate and availability of such programs.
  • Hands-on experience and networking opportunities may be available through programs such as school radio stations or networking events.

Bachelor's Degree in Sports Broadcasting

A 4-year degree program in sports broadcasting offered at a college or university will combine general studies courses with sports broadcasting coursework. Students also complete journalism classes and supplement this coursework with classes focusing exclusively on sports journalism. Some programs offer classes in other relevant topics, such as sports management and sports finance. Bachelor's degree programs usually award credit for completing an internship. Applicants should have a good high school GPA and have above average SAT or ACT scores.

Master's Degree in Sports Broadcasting

Master's degree programs give students with non-journalism bachelor's degrees or relatively little professional experience the opportunity to gain journalism training and work experience. Many classes are hands-on and include covering local or college sports. Completion of an internship or other independent production project is also usually required. In addition to passing the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and obtaining letters of recommendation, a bachelor's degree and a demonstrated interest in journalism are necessary for admission.

Degrees in sports broadcasting are offered at various institutions across the country, where many programs include coursework in subjects such as public relations and journalism. Students who have a passion for sports and communications might wish to consider pursuing a degree or certificate.

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