2020 Most Affordable Online Journalism Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
2020 Most Affordable Journalism Bachelors Degrees Badge
By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

Ranked by affordability, these 19 schools all offer online low-cost bachelor's degrees in journalism. Southern Utah University, the #1 option, charges only $6,006 per year. In the #2 spot is the University of Iowa, offering a BS in Sport and Recreation Management with a concentration in Communications Public Relations/Journalism for $8,073 per academic year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online master's in journalism degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Southern Utah University $6,006
# 2 #2 University of Iowa $8,073
# 3 #3 Lynn University $9,000
# 4 #4 Southern Illinois University - Carbondale $9,637
# 5 #5 University of New Mexico $10,795
# 7 (tie) #7 (tie) Liberty University $11,700
# 7 (tie) #7 (tie) Southeastern University $11,700
# 7 (tie) #7 (tie) University of Massachusetts - Amherst $11,700
# 10 (tie) #10 (tie) Fisher College $11,850
# 10 (tie) #10 (tie) Regent University Online $11,850
# 12 #12 University of North Dakota $11,970
# 13 #13 Indiana Institute of Technology $12,120
# 14 #14 Bellevue University $13,175
# 15 #15 Upper Iowa University $14,130
# 16 #16 Colorado State University-Fort Collins $14,280
# 17 #17 University of Colorado Denver $15,270
# 18 #18 Arizona State University $15,900
# 19 #19 Brenau University $19,530
#1
#1

Southern Utah University

Cedar City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $6,006
Annual Tuition: $6,006
Annual Tuition: $6,006
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 459
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 414
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (435) 586-7700

Example Classes: Audio Production, Communication Research, Media and Society, Media Law, Multimedia Management, Video Production

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication - Media Studies
#2
#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City (IA)
Annual Tuition: $8,073
Annual Tuition: $8,073
Annual Tuition: $8,073
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,119
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,903
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (319) 335-3500

Example Classes: Classics of Sports Journalism: From Jack London to Grantland, Communication Skills for Leadership, Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication, New Media and the Future of Sport, Sport, Scandal, and Strategic Communication in Media Culture, The Business of Sport Communication

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management - Communications Public Relations/Journalism
#3
#3

Lynn University

Boca Raton (FL)
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 211
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 324
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (800) 994-5966

Example Classes: Communication Law and Ethics, Media Literacy, Persuasion and Propaganda, Photojournalismte, Screenwriting, Television Production

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Communication and Media
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $9,637
Annual Tuition: $9,637
Annual Tuition: $9,637
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,589
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 506
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (618) 453-2121

Example Classes: Copywriting, Creativity Across Platforms, Mass Communication in Society, Mass Communication Research, Social Issues in Advertising, Writing Across Platforms

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Journalism & Mass Communication
#5
#5

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque (NM)
Annual Tuition: $10,795
Annual Tuition: $10,795
Annual Tuition: $10,795
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,761
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 383
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 277-0111

Example Classes: Communication in Organizations, Creative Concepts, History of Media, Professional Communication, Social Media for Journalism, Strategic Planning and Campaign Development

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • BA in Journalism and Mass Communication - Strategic Communication
#7
#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 32,610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 31,396
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

Example Classes: Advanced Expository Writing, Editing, Layout, & Publishing, Social Media Writing, Strategic Communication, Strategic Social Media, Technical Writing

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS: English and Writing: Journalism
#7
#7

Southeastern University

Lakeland (FL)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 837
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 514
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (863) 667-5000

Example Classes: Cross-Cultural Communication, Digital Layout & Design, Interpreting Narratives and Ideologies, Magazine Design & Production, Mass Communication Theory, Storytelling and Persuasion

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science Communication & Mass Media
  • Bachelor of Science in Digital Media & Design
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 80%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 1200 -1390
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,224
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,383
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (413) 545-0111

Example Classes: Food Writing, Interviewing Skills for Journalists, Magazine Writing, Media, Public Relations & Propaganda, News Literacy

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Studies (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism Studies (Degree Completion)
#10
#10

Fisher College

Boston (MA)
Annual Tuition: $11,850
Annual Tuition: $11,850
Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 23%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 923
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 21
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (617) 236-8800

Example Classes: Advanced Reporting, Broadcast Journalism, Communication Theory, Media Criticism, Media Writing, Public Speaking

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Media Studies
#10
#10

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,850
Annual Tuition: $11,850
Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 958 -1113
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,052
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,630
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 352-4127

Example Classes: Communicating In The 21st Century, Narrative Concept And Development, Personal And Professional Editing, Reporting, Writing For Strategic Communication

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A. in Communication Studies - Journalism
#12
#12

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks (ND)
Annual Tuition: $11,970
Annual Tuition: $11,970
Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,867
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,664
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 225-5863

Example Classes: Content Creation for Social Media, Digital Communication: Fundamentals, Digital Imaging Across Platforms, News Writing Fundamentals in the Online World, Readings/Projects in Communication, Writing for New and Traditional Media

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Digital Journalism
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $12,120
Annual Tuition: $12,120
Annual Tuition: $12,120
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 753 -1168
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 355
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 937-2448

Example Classes: Language and Culture, Multimedia Journalism, Public Communication, Radio and Podcasting, Video Storytelling, Visual Meaning

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Sports Media
#14
#14

Bellevue University

Bellevue (NE)
Annual Tuition: $13,175
Annual Tuition: $13,175
Annual Tuition: $13,175
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,052
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,638
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 291-8100

Example Classes: Communication and Popular Culture, Communication in the Digital Age, Communication: Putting Theory into Practice, Critical Thinking and Communication, Understanding Mass Media, Writing for Media

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Mass Media
#15
#15

Upper Iowa University

Fayette (IA)
Annual Tuition: $14,130
Annual Tuition: $14,130
Annual Tuition: $14,130
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Average SATs: 935 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,538
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 518
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (563) 425-5200

Example Classes: Feature Writing, News Editing, Principles of Interviewing, Sport Writing and Reporting, Web Publishing and Social Media

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies - Mass Media
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies - Sports Communication
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $14,280
Annual Tuition: $14,280
Annual Tuition: $14,280
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,248
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,209
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (970) 491-1101

Example Classes: Advertising, Digital Photography, Media in Society, Online Storytelling and Audience Engagement, Visual Communication, Writing for Specialized Magazines

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Communication
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $15,270
Annual Tuition: $15,270
Annual Tuition: $15,270
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 967
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,453
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (303) 556-5600

Example Classes: Business and Professional Speaking, Communication, China, and the US, Communication, Citizenship, and Social Justice, Communication, Prisons, and Social Justice, Presentational Speaking, Queer Media Studies

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Media & Cultural Studies
#18
#18

Arizona State University

Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
Annual Tuition: $15,900
Annual Tuition: $15,900
Annual Tuition: $15,900
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1091 -1298
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 28,353
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,021
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Audience Acquisition and Engagement, Audience Research and Behavior, Exploring the Business of Journalism, Media Issues in American Pop Culture, Sports and Media, The Digital Audience

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Mass Communications & Media Studies
#19
#19

Brenau University

Multiple Locations
Annual Tuition: $19,530
Annual Tuition: $19,530
Annual Tuition: $19,530
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 778
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 511
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Example Classes: Anime and Japanese Culture, Careers in the Media, Effective Interpersonal Communication, Media and Entertainment Management, New Media Development, Newswriting and Copy Editing

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies