2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Journalism Degrees

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These 13 online schools offer the most affordable journalism degrees. With annual tuitions under $23,000, these schools offer prospective journalism students affordable options at the bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels. Ball State University is the most affordable school on this list, offering a master's degree and three certificate programs at a tuition of $10,620 per year for master's degrees. Students seeking bachelor's degrees will find two affordable options at New England College with an annual tuition of $12,150.

All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online journalism degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable journalism schools below or read our full methodology.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Journalism Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Ball State University Annual Tuition $10,620 Journalism Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#2 #2 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Annual Tuition $11,412 Journalism Degrees: Master's
#3 #3 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,850 Journalism Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#4 #4 New England College Annual Tuition $12,150 Journalism Degrees: Bachelor's
#5 #5 Kent State University at Kent Annual Tuition $12,186 Journalism Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 Clarion University Annual Tuition $12,528 Journalism Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Upper Iowa University Annual Tuition $12,900 Journalism Degrees: Bachelor's
#8 #8 Ottawa University Online Annual Tuition $14,850 Journalism Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 National University Annual Tuition $16,290 Journalism Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#10 #10 John F Kennedy University Annual Tuition $17,208 Journalism Degrees: Bachelor's
#11 #11 Academy of Art University Annual Tuition $20,622 Journalism Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 Webster University Annual Tuition $21,920 Journalism Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 Full Sail University Annual Tuition $22,400 Journalism Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
  • Annual Tuition: $10,620
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Emerging Technologies; Journalistic Judgments and Sociology of News; Media Audiences and Content Strategy; Social + Cross-Media Storytelling; Visual Storytelling
  • Annual Tuition: $11,412
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Government Controls of Information; Literature of Journalism; Mass Media Research; Multi-platform Journalism; Race, Gender and Media
  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Community, Citizen & Civic Journalism; Feature Writing & Specialty Reporting; Journalism Technology Tools; Multimedia Reporting & Mobile Field Production; Story, Popular Culture & Worldview
  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Ethics; Contemporary Art and Media; Interpersonal Relationships and Interview Skills; Multimedia Writing and Editing; Organization Communication and Negotiation
  • Annual Tuition: $12,186
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics of Mass Communication; Legal Problems in Mass Communication; Media Relations and Publicity; Social Media and Public Relations; Theory of Mass Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $12,528
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Management of the Communication Process; Mass Communication Research; Mass Communication Theory; Public Relations Foundations; Society, Law and Media Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $12,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Feature Writing; News Editing; Principles of Interviewing; Sport Writing and Reporting; Web Publishing
  • Annual Tuition: $14,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Newspaper Production; Advanced Reporting & Editing; Introduction to Video Production; Layout and Design; Media Writing; Personal and Professional Photography
  • Annual Tuition: $16,290
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Documentary Techniques; Global Journalism; Journalism Business Skills; Journalism on Screen; Mobile Reporting

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $17,208
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Citizen & Collaborative Journalism; Comparative Journalism; Digital Newsroom; Investigative Reporting; Media Ethics

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $20,622
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Blogging: Content Creation & Promotion; Fashion Research & Reporting; Interactive Infographics
  • Annual Tuition: $21,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Cultural Diversity in the Media; Ethics in the Media; Fundamentals of Reporting; Interpersonal Communications; Media Literacy

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $22,400
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ACCSC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Digital News Production; Legal Aspects of Media; New Media Publishing and Distribution; Research and Investigation Skills Development; Social Media and Online Community Engagement

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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