Broadcasting Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Oct 20, 2021

Graduate-level broadcasting programs typically include a mixture of theoretical courses and advanced research. Depending on the program, students may be required to submit a final project, thesis or dissertation prior to graduation.

10 Schools That Offer Graduate Degrees in Broadcasting

The following ten schools with journalism and broadcasting programs mainly award master's degrees:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition 2015-2016*
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts 4-year, Private Master's $47,422
Emerson College Boston, Massachusetts 4-year, Private Master's $28,728
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York 4-year, Private Master's $33,312
University of Southern California Los Angeles, California 4-year, Private Master's $39,984
University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida 4-year, Private Master's $33,300
University of Maryland Baltimore, Maryland 4-year, Public Master's, doctorate In state $12,944; Out of state $28,328
American University Washington, District of Columbia 4-year, Private Master's $27,468
City University of New York New York, New York 4-year, Public Master's In state $9,060; Out of state $21,000
Columbia College-Chicago Chicago, Illinois 4-year, Private Master's $24,684
Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 4-year, Private Master's $17,190

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when deciding on a broadcasting program:

  • Students who want to specialize in a particular type of broadcasting, such as sports broadcasting, should look for programs that offer a major or concentration option in that field.
  • Students should consider access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, such as multi-media video production equipment.
  • For students who plan to pursue a job in the media industry, it is important to explore internship opportunities offered through the school, in order to ensure that the options are relevant to the career they want to pursue.
  • It is important for students with work obligations or other scheduling constraints to find out about the part-time study options offered through certain schools.

Master's Degree Programs

Students may be able to earn a master's degree specifically in broadcasting, or the subject may be provided as a concentration option within a broader journalism program. In these programs, students take advanced courses in news reporting and communications, in order to prepare for future careers in broadcast journalism. In some programs, students can choose a concentration or track, such as sports journalism or broadcast meteorology. Prior to graduation, students are often required to fulfill an internship requirement and submit a thesis or final project.

Doctoral Degree Programs

While there are no PhD programs specifically in broadcasting, it is possible for students to study the topic within a doctoral program in journalism or communications. These programs give students the opportunity to conduct advanced research in a journalism-related topic, such as broadcasting, that leads to a final dissertation and defense. Applicants to these programs may need to hold a master's degree and have experience working in broadcast journalism.

Institutions around the country offer graduate programs in broadcasting. Students should look into different schools' curricula, facilities and scheduling options when choosing between programs.

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