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 15 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 Regent University Online $11,700
# 9 #9 Ball State University $11,718
# 10 #10 University of Memphis $11,849
# 11 #11 University of Missouri $13,769
# 12 #12 Webster University $14,040
# 13 #13 Kent State University at Kent $21,952
# 14 #14 Academy of Art University $22,743
# 15 #15 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: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 935
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 596
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Journalism
  • Master of Arts in Journalism - New Media Studies
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • Online Degrees: 12
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,040
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 574
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Advertising and Public Relations (Media Project Option)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Advertising and Public Relations (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Advertising and Public Relations (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Broadcasting (Media Project Option)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Broadcasting (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Broadcasting (Thesis Option)
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $6,511
Annual Tuition: $6,511
Annual Tuition: $6,511
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,676
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 757
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Mass Communication
  • MA in Mass Communication - Mass Media Research
  • MA in Mass Communication - Professional Mass Media - Multi-Platform Journalism
#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: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,856
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,659
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Journalism & Media Studies
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $7,452
Annual Tuition: $7,452
Annual Tuition: $7,452
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,221
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 314
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Mass Communication
#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: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 961
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,425
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Mass Communications
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $9,780
Annual Tuition: $9,780
Annual Tuition: $9,780
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 228
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,400
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication - Integrated Media Communications
  • Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication - Professional Journalism
#8
#8

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • 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: 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in Journalism
  • M.A. in Christian Ministry-Worship & Media
  • M.A. in Communication
  • M.A. in Screenwriting (online)
  • M.F.A. in Film & Television - Script & Screenwriting
  • M.F.A. in Screenwriting (online)
#9
#9

Ball State University

Muncie (IN)
Annual Tuition: $11,718
Annual Tuition: $11,718
Annual Tuition: $11,718
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 759
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,320
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Journalism
  • Master of Arts in Journalism - Concentration in Media Analytics and Management
  • Master of Arts in Journalism - Concentration in Reporting and Storytelling
#10
#10

University of Memphis

Memphis (TN)
Annual Tuition: $11,849
Annual Tuition: $11,849
Annual Tuition: $11,849
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,009
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,332
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Journalism and Strategic Media
  • Master of Arts in Journalism and Strategic Media - Emphasis in Integrated Strategic Media
  • Master of Arts in Journalism and Strategic Media - Emphasis in News and Storytelling
  • Master of Arts in Journalism and Strategic Media - Emphasis in Research
  • Master of Arts in Journalism and Strategic Media - Emphasis in Visual Media
#11
#11

University of Missouri

Columbia (MO)
Annual Tuition: $13,769
Annual Tuition: $13,769
Annual Tuition: $13,769
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 835
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,423
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Journalism
  • Master of Arts in Journalism - Emphasis in Health Communication
  • Master of Arts in Journalism - Emphasis in Interactive Media
  • Master of Arts in Journalism - Emphasis in Media Management
  • Master of Arts in Journalism - Emphasis in Strategic Communication
#12
#12

Webster University

St. Louis (MO)
Annual Tuition: $14,040
Annual Tuition: $14,040
Annual Tuition: $14,040
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 303
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,530
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Media Communications
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $21,952
Annual Tuition: $21,952
Annual Tuition: $21,952
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,947
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,061
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Media and Journalism
  • Master of Arts in Media and Journalism - Concentration in Journalism Education
#14
#14

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: 59%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,911
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,298
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (800) 544-2787

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communications & Media Technologies
  • Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $27,480
Annual Tuition: $27,480
Annual Tuition: $27,480
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 66%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 1140 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 631
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 688
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Journalism Entrepreneurship

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