Radio Communication Degrees and Colleges

A career in radio can include interviewing politicians, artists and musicians, or reporting the news. These realities begin with an education in radio and communications. Read on for more information about programs of study and choosing a school. Schools offering Radio Broadcasting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Radio professionals interview guests and report the news for their own shows. Degree programs are offered through bachelor's and master's degree programs.

Degree Options Bachelor's and master's programs in communications with a radio concentration, television programs are blended with radio
Courses Technology, media, ethics, reporting, audio production, radio programming, studio recording, broadcasting techniques, and laws of media and radio
Schools Choose a school where you know graduates who have found jobs in the field; state-of-the-art facilities to practice what you learn in a simulated environment; course requirements are also a factor.

What Radio Communications Courses and Degrees Are There?

Several colleges offer online courses in communications, which you can take as a non-matriculated student if you wish. If you plan to eventually earn a degree with a radio emphasis, you may be able to complete all necessary general education courses and several communications major courses online, and then transfer to an on-campus radio degree program. There are bachelor's and master's degree programs in communications with several radio courses, and sometimes with a concentration in radio.

If your interests extend to television as well as radio, there are advanced degree programs incorporating both of these media-based fields. Beginning a career in radio can be a challenging and perhaps daunting task, whether you hope to end up on-air as a broadcaster, or behind the scenes doing research or performing a technical role. Whichever school or degree path you choose, you will probably want to spend a lot of time training in a real or simulated environment, such as a school radio station.

Which Bachelor's Degrees Are Available?

Many degree options exist at the bachelor's level. For example, students might choose a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Broadcast Electronic Communications Arts with a radio production and programming concentration. A BA in Communication with a radio management concentration may also be available in addition to a BA with a major in radio production and studies or filmmaking, TV and radio. Coursework in a bachelor's program may include the following areas of study:

  • Communication, culture and media
  • Research writing
  • Speech communication
  • Writing for the media
  • Communication law
  • Writing for broadcast

Which Master's Degrees Are Available?

Master's degrees may include a Master of Arts (MA) in Journalism. This program might have courses in topics like radio documentary, advanced news reporting and writing, journalism ethics and the theory and history of documentary. Internships and research projects may also be a part of this degree program. Another option may be an MA in Public Media with a multi-platform journalism track.

How Should I Select a School?

Success in radio, like other media industries, often depends upon who you know. For this reason, you may want to consider the personal connections that you may be able to develop through alumni networks, internships and professor's connections. As you evaluate different schools, consider contacting some graduates to find out which kind of post-graduation support they received from the program and from fellow alums.

Some schools offer state-of-the-art radio studios and many have student-run radio programs. These can provide essential hands-on training in a comfortable and supportive environment. You might want to tour each school's facilities before making a final decision. These colleges offer radio communication degrees:

  • Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • Rider University (Princeton/Lawrenceville, NJ)
  • Emerson College (Boston, MA)
  • San Francisco State University (CA)
  • The University of Tennessee (Martin)

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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