Sports Broadcasting Degree Programs

Read on to find out about your program options for earning a degree in sports broadcasting, journalism or mass communications. Explore the typical coursework, online options and potential careers. Schools offering Journalism degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kinds of Sports Broadcasting Degree Programs Are Available?

You can earn a bachelor's degree in sports broadcasting or a bachelor's degree in journalism with a specialization in sports broadcasting or sports journalism. If a school doesn't offer a specialization, many general broadcasting and mass communications programs often include coursework related to sports broadcasting. You might need to meet a minimum GPA requirement in order to apply to a bachelor's program.

Program Fields Sports broadcasting, journalism, broadcasting, mass communications
Common CoursesSports management, TV production, promotional techniques, sports programming
Other RequirementsInternship may be required
Online Availability Online bachelor's degree programs in broadcasting and mass communications are available
Career OptionsWriter, newscaster, sports reporter
Average Salary (2014)$84,380 (for broadcast news analysts); $45,800 (for reporters and correspondents)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Learn?

You'll study how radio, television and Web video technologies are used in sports broadcasting. You'll learn reporting strategies and advanced sports writing skills. Common course topics might include TV production, sports programming, promotional techniques and sports management.

In some cases, you might be expected to take courses in kinesiology or exercise science. Many programs will also teach you how to use broadcasting and recording equipment. You might need to participate in a media internship at a TV or radio station before you graduate.

Can I Earn a Degree Online?

Online sports broadcasting programs are rare; however, online bachelor's degree programs in broadcasting and mass communications are available. Some programs may expect you to earn an associate's degree before enrolling. You'll usually need a computer with high-speed Internet access in order to participate. Additional requirements may include specific Web browsers or software applications.

What Jobs Might I Find?

A bachelor's degree in the field of sports broadcasting can prepare you for entry-level jobs in the radio, television and print industries. You might find work as a sports reporter, newscaster or writer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that job applicants would face greater competition for positions at large broadcasting and media companies between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov).

Jobs in news analysis, reporting and correspondence were projected to decrease by 9% from 2014-2024, according to BLS figures. The BLS reported that broadcast news analysts earned a mean annual wage of $84,380 in 2014, while reporters and correspondents made a mean salary of $45,800 during the same year.

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