2020 Most Affordable Online Journalism Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

Ranked by affordability, these 18 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. 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
# 4 #4 Southern Illinois University - Carbondale $9,637
# 5 #5 University of New Mexico $10,795
# 6 (tie) #6 (tie) Liberty University $11,700
# 6 (tie) #6 (tie) Southeastern University $11,700
# 6 (tie) #6 (tie) University of Massachusetts - Amherst $11,700
# 9 (tie) #9 (tie) Fisher College $11,850
# 9 (tie) #9 (tie) Regent University Online $11,850
# 11 #11 University of North Dakota $11,970
# 12 #12 Indiana Institute of Technology $12,120
# 13 #13 Bellevue University $13,175
# 14 #14 Upper Iowa University $14,130
# 15 #15 Colorado State University - Fort Collins $14,280
# 16 #16 University of Colorado Denver $15,270
# 17 #17 Arizona State University $15,900
# 18 #18 Brenau University $19,530
#1
#1

Southern Utah University

Cedar City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $6,006
Annual Tuition: $6,006
Annual Tuition: $6,006
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 730
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 497
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

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
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 1130 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,041
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,962
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management - Communications Public Relations/Journalism
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $9,637
Annual Tuition: $9,637
Annual Tuition: $9,637
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,534
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 552
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism - Concentration in Journalism and Mass Communication
#5
#5

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque (NM)
Annual Tuition: $10,795
Annual Tuition: $10,795
Annual Tuition: $10,795
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,596
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 352
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication - Concentration in Strategic Communication (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication (Degree Completion)
#6
#6

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 34,092
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 36,337
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS: English and Writing: Journalism
#6
#6

Southeastern University

Lakeland (FL)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 947
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 531
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science Communication & Mass Media
  • Bachelor of Science in Digital Media & Design
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 1190 -1390
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,217
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,282
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Studies (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism Studies (Degree Completion)
#9
#9

Fisher College

Boston (MA)
Annual Tuition: $11,850
Annual Tuition: $11,850
Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 881
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 37
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Media Studies
#9
#9

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,850
Annual Tuition: $11,850
Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,146
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,092
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A. in Communication Studies - Journalism
#11
#11

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks (ND)
Annual Tuition: $11,970
Annual Tuition: $11,970
Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,851
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,500
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Specialization in Digital Journalism
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $12,120
Annual Tuition: $12,120
Annual Tuition: $12,120
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 12
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 519
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Sports Media
#13
#13

Bellevue University

Bellevue (NE)
Annual Tuition: $13,175
Annual Tuition: $13,175
Annual Tuition: $13,175
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7,352
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,151
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Emphasis in Mass Media
#14
#14

Upper Iowa University

Fayette (IA)
Annual Tuition: $14,130
Annual Tuition: $14,130
Annual Tuition: $14,130
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,872
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 514
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $14,280
Annual Tuition: $14,280
Annual Tuition: $14,280
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 70%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,253
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,492
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Communication
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $15,270
Annual Tuition: $15,270
Annual Tuition: $15,270
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,046
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,528
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Concentration in Media & Cultural Studies
#17
#17

Arizona State University

Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
Annual Tuition: $15,900
Annual Tuition: $15,900
Annual Tuition: $15,900
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1091 -1301
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 33,410
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,843
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Literacy
  • BA in Mass Communications & Media Studies
#18
#18

Brenau University

Multiple Locations
Annual Tuition: $19,530
Annual Tuition: $19,530
Annual Tuition: $19,530
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 920 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 746
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 545
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies

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