2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Journalism Programs

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

These 16 schools make up the most affordable options for obtaining an online master's degree in journalism, with all of their annual tuition rates priced at less than $28,000. In first place, Marshall University is the most affordable school, with a tuition rate of $3,948. Classes for Marshall University's Master of Arts in Journalism - New Media Studies include History of Mass Communication, JMC Law and Ethics, New Media Cultures, Organizational Storytelling, and Photojournalism. Stephen F. Austin State University comes in second place, with an affordable tuition rate of $6,060 per year.

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

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Marshall University $3,948
# 2 #2 Stephen F. Austin State University $6,060
# 3 #3 University of Arkansas at Little Rock $6,511
# 4 #4 University of Alabama $6,720
# 5 #5 South Dakota State University $7,452
# 6 #6 Kansas State University $8,613
# 7 #7 University of Nebraska-Lincoln $9,780
# 8 #8 Clarion University $10,026
# 9 #9 Regent University Online $11,700
# 10 #10 Ball State University $11,718
# 11 #11 University of Memphis $11,849
# 12 #12 University of Missouri $13,769
# 13 #13 Webster University $14,040
# 14 #14 Kent State University at Kent $21,952
# 15 #15 Academy of Art University $22,743
# 16 #16 University of Colorado Boulder $27,480
#1
#1

Marshall University

Huntington (WV)
Annual Tuition: $3,948
Annual Tuition: $3,948
Annual Tuition: $3,948
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 870
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 710
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 642-3463

Example Classes: History of Mass Communication, JMC Law and Ethics, New Media Cultures, Organizational Storytelling, Photojournalism, Web/Online Strategies for JMC

#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • Online Degrees: 12
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,048
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 729
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 468-2011

Example Classes: International Media, Management Problems in Media, Media and Politics, Media History, Seminar in Broadcasting

#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $6,511
Annual Tuition: $6,511
Annual Tuition: $6,511
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,579
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 759
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (501) 569-3000

Example Classes: Ethnic and Alternative Media in America, Internet Policy and Regulation, Mass Communication Processes and Effects, Media Criticism, News Media and the First Amendment, PR for 21st Century Non-Profits

#4
#4

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa (AL)
Annual Tuition: $6,720
Annual Tuition: $6,720
Annual Tuition: $6,720
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 1060 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,198
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,588
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (205) 348-6010

Example Classes: Advanced Sports Writing, Communication and Diversity, Contemporary Issues in Journalism, Digital Media Production Tools, Entrepreneurial Journalism

#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $7,452
Annual Tuition: $7,452
Annual Tuition: $7,452
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,220
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 952-3541

Example Classes: Cross-Platform Campaigns, Health Journalism, Mass Communications Teaching Methods, Media Law Case Studies, Social Marketing for Health and Behavioral Change, Women in Media

#6
#6

Kansas State University

Manhattan (KS)
Annual Tuition: $8,613
Annual Tuition: $8,613
Annual Tuition: $8,613
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 798
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,272
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 532-6011

Example Classes: Digital Media Audiences and Analytics, Environmental Communications, Issues, Risk and Reputation, Mass Communication Law, Strategic Health Communication

#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $9,780
Annual Tuition: $9,780
Annual Tuition: $9,780
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 1130 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 285
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,364
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 472-7211

Example Classes: Government Controls of Information, Literature of Journalism, Mass Media Research, Multi-platform Journalism, Race, Gender and Media

#8
#8

Clarion University

Clarion (PA)
Annual Tuition: $10,026
Annual Tuition: $10,026
Annual Tuition: $10,026
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 763
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 740
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (814) 393-2000

Example Classes: Management of the Communication Process, Mass Communication Research, Mass Communication Theory, Public Relations Foundations, Society, Law and Media Technology

#9
#9

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • 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: Community, Citizen & Civic Journalism, Feature Writing & Specialty Reporting, Journalism Technology Tools, Multimedia Reporting & Mobile Field Production, Story, Popular Culture & Worldview

#10
#10

Ball State University

Muncie (IN)
Annual Tuition: $11,718
Annual Tuition: $11,718
Annual Tuition: $11,718
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 785
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,252
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (765) 289-1241

Example Classes: Emerging Technologies, Journalistic Judgments and Sociology of News, Media Audiences and Content Strategy, Social + Cross-Media Storytelling, Visual Storytelling

#11
#11

University of Memphis

Memphis (TN)
Annual Tuition: $11,849
Annual Tuition: $11,849
Annual Tuition: $11,849
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,871
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,196
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (901) 678-2000

Example Classes: Food Writing/Reporting, Mass Media & Cultures, Multimedia Sports Reporting, Presidents and the Press, Public Rel Campaigns, TV News Producing

#12
#12

University of Missouri

Columbia (MO)
Annual Tuition: $13,769
Annual Tuition: $13,769
Annual Tuition: $13,769
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1090 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 679
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,236
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 882-2121

Example Classes: Changing Media Business Models, Emerging Technologies in Journalism, Health News and Promotion, Investigative Reporting, Online Audience Development, Strategic Conflict Management

#13
#13

Webster University

St. Louis (MO)
Annual Tuition: $14,040
Annual Tuition: $14,040
Annual Tuition: $14,040
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1008 -1243
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 327
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,820
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (314) 968-6900

Example Classes: Analyzing the Latino Media Market, Interactive Media Applied to the Internet, Media and Communications in Latin America, Media and Culture, Media Organization and Regulations, Writing for Media Communications: Interactive Scriptwriting

#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $21,952
Annual Tuition: $21,952
Annual Tuition: $21,952
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,859
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,094
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (330) 672-3000

Example Classes: Ethics of Mass Communication, Legal Problems in Mass Communication, Media Relations and Publicity, Social Media and Public Relations, Theory of Mass Communication

#15
#15

Academy of Art University

San Francisco (CA)
Annual Tuition: $22,743
Annual Tuition: $22,743
Annual Tuition: $22,743
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 63%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,673
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,397
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (800) 544-2787

Example Classes: Blogging: Content Creation & Promotion, Fashion Research & Reporting, Interactive Infographics

#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $27,480
Annual Tuition: $27,480
Annual Tuition: $27,480
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 1150 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 547
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 506
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (303) 492-1411

Example Classes: Coding for Journalism, Funding Journalism in the 21st Century, Newsgathering and Multimedia Storytelling, Principles of American Journalism, The Practice of Entrepreneurial Journalism