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Date: Jul 15 2002
Major: Video/Media (This Major's Salary over time)
The program leading to a Master's Degree in Radio & Television might prepare you for entering a Doctorate Program in Media Studies, but will do little to help you enter the job market. The word I hear from recent graduates of the Master's program (since the year 2000) is they are either unemployed or working in fields unrelated to broadcasting (like waiting tables). The BECA department will hype the employment opportunities available to their graduates, however, be warned that the BECA department does a great job connecting students with local media companies seeking FREE labor. These internships rarely lead to decent job offers, if any at all. Do not waste your time with this program! At worst you could end up with a large student loan bill and NO JOB, at best you may be able to land an entry-level job in Arkansas that probably will not pay enough to cover minimal living expenses and debts incurred by today's college students (especially in San Francisco, where the cost of living is outrageous and credit card companies are allowed on campus to entice students into running up even larger credit debts). While the staff is knowledgable and friendly, many professors are too far removed from the industry to be of any help in connecting you to employers upon graduation (so networking within the department is often an exercise in futility). Also be warned that grade inflation is a problem in this department, as it is in many schools. You are virtually guaranteed an A or a B in every class if you just show up and turn in your assignments… remember, colleges are BUSINESSES and they are not in the business of turning away paying customers. A high G.P.A. in this program is virtually meaningless. If you want a decent job upon graduating from a Master's program, I would suggest an M.B.A. or a degree in Accounting or Engineering instead.
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