2020 Most Affordable Online Journalism Degrees

2020 Most Affordable Journalism Bachelors Degrees Badge

Ranked by affordability, these 24 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 $6,006
# 2 #2 $8,073
# 3 #3 $8,480
# 4 #4 $9,000
# 5 #5 $9,637
# 6 #6 $10,795
# 7 #7 $11,340
# 8 #8 $11,430
# 9 (tie) #9 (tie) $11,700
# 9 (tie) #9 (tie) $11,700
# 9 (tie) #9 (tie) $11,700
# 12 (tie) #12 (tie) $11,850
# 12 (tie) #12 (tie) $11,850
# 14 #14 $11,970
# 15 #15 $12,120
# 16 #16 $12,150
# 17 #17 $13,175
# 18 #18 $14,130
# 19 #19 $14,280
# 20 #20 $14,550
# 21 #21 $14,594
# 22 #22 $15,270
# 23 #23 $15,900
# 24 #24 $19,530
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,006
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $8,073
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $8,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Example Classes: Broadcast News Writing; Children, Women, and Minorities in the Media; Foundations of Communication; Mass Media & Politics; Media Economics; Social Networks and the Web

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes: Communication Law and Ethics; Media Literacy; Persuasion and Propaganda; Photojournalismte; Screenwriting; Television Production

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Communication and Media
  • Annual Tuition: $9,637
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $10,795
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Example Classes: Are You Listening; Communication, Gender & Culture; Conflict Management; Intercultural Communication; Media, Power, and Difference; Public Relations Principle & Practice

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Communication Studies - Media
  • Annual Tuition: $11,430
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Basic InDesign; Internet Marketing; Legal Aspects of Communication; Managing Crisis Communications; Streaming Media; Technical Communications and Project Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Communication - Integrated Marketing Communication
  • BS in Communication - Media Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • 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)
  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • 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 - Journalism
  • Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $12,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Example Classes: Communication Ethics; Contemporary Art and Media; Interpersonal Relationships and Interview Skills; Multimedia News Writing and Editing; Organizational Communication and Negotiation

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Communication/Journalism
  • BA in Communication/Media Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $13,175
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • 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 Applied Science in Communication Studies - Mass Media
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Mass Media
  • Communication - BS
  • Annual Tuition: $14,130
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $14,280
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $14,550
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Advanced Editorial & Feature Writing; Global Journalism; Journalism & Politics; Multimedia News Writing and Editing; Specialized Journalism; Visual Journalism

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA/Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $14,594
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes: Digital Multimedia Metrics; Idea Development and Media Writing; Issues for Newsroom Managers; Survey of Electronic Media and Telecommunications; Telecommunications Management; Writing for the Media

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism and Media
  • Annual Tuition: $15,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $15,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $19,530
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • 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