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A graduate at the library: Pursue your Master of Arts in Journalism degree online at Regent University, Virginia Beach.

M.A. in Journalism

Report the Truth. Do It Well.

The Master of Arts in Journalism is designed to immerse you in the fast-paced world of converging media. Presented from a Christian worldview, it will equip you with the latest reporting and technical skills for both traditional and digital media application. In addition, this online masters in journalism degree includes social media and internet marketing, helping you to deepen audience engagement.

Online
33+
May 10, 2021
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Increase Your Earning Potential

Advance in leadership roles with higher salary opportunities.

Expand Your Expertise

Gain advanced knowledge in traditional and multiplatform reporting, and mobile field production.

Gain Practical Experience

Learn how to get work published in professional media outlets.

Access Faculty Expertise

Be mentored by faculty members who teach on campus in Virginia Beach.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the online M.A. in Journalism, you will be able to:

  • Gather data, write and edit news reports for multiple media platforms (print, television, and new media).
  • Write features and editorials on business, politics, national affairs, and more.
  • Apply current internet, social media, and mobile media marketing strategies to drive audience engagement.

Career Opportunities

  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Media producer
  • Press secretary
  • Advertising & public relations specialist
  • Social media manager
$62Thousand
Estimated mean annual wage for news analysts, reporters, and journalists U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Students work with faculty to learn about academic requirements for publication, determine the topic/set-up of culminating projects, complete necessary preparation to begin projects, and arrange for committee assignments. Pass/No Pass.

Software and web-based tools used in the production and distribution of multimedia and mobile news content. Includes essential programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and Java-Script and learning computer-assisted journalism that integrates technology with high quality news-authoring. Multiplatform production lab included.

Prominent historical and theoretical perspectives of media and popular culture and their influence on individuals and communities from a Christocentric worldview. Provides media professionals and emergent scholars with an understanding of the role of media and narrative in the development of worldviews. Cross-listed with COM 600.

Media industry research methods, evaluation and analysis techniques, including surveys, content analyses, polling, data mining, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. Common research practices of professional journalists, public relations practitioners, film-television professionals, media analysts and consultants, and communication scholars are examined. Web-based lab included. Cross-listed with COM 601.

Current internet, social media, and mobile media marketing theories, strategies, tools and practices. Includes study of communication methods used by professionals in journalism, film, television, advertising, public relations, and related professions to brand, promote, and distribute products and services. Web-based production lab included. Cross-listed with COM 607.

Professional journalistic practices of news reporting and storytelling within the emerging digital media environments. Students will investigate research, interview, gather data, research, write and edit stories for multiple media platforms. Multimedia production lab included.

Techniques and writing styles required for feature writing, editorials, essays, blogs and for in-depth stories in business, politics, health, entertainment, religion, national and international affairs. News production lab included.

Current issues in media law and ethics governing the creation, production, distribution and ownership of media content, focusing on new communication technologies and services. Issues addressed include intellectual property, freedom of the press, privacy, obscenity, libel, licensing and contracts, guilds and unions, and consumer rights and protections. Cross-listed with COM 614.

An overview and inside exploration of reporting on government processes in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches on both the federal and state levels. Prerequisites: COM 500, JRN 610.

Professional principles, aesthetics, and field craft of news reporting and producing for dissemination across multiple media platforms, including use of mobile technology. News production lab included.

Community and citizen reporting in the development of news and information. Includes investigating, writing, producing and creating local and regional news, including analysis of common strategies and practices employed to cover community issues and events and to engage civic leaders and organizations. Includes production of weekly news stories.

2020-21 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 14Monday, August 24
Session MFriday, September 11Monday, September 21
Session BFriday, October 16Monday, October 26
Session CTuesday, January 5Monday, January 11
Session TFriday, January 29Monday, February 8
Session DFriday, March 5Monday, March 15
Session EFriday, April 30Monday, May 10
Session FFriday, June 11Monday, June 21

Admissions Process:

Step 1: Application

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Application Fee

Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*

We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 4: Complete Your Academic Background Questionnaire

In lieu of the previously required personal goal statement, please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objective with our programs. The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an admissions counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 5: Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.


Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8956$5,370
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9253$2,775
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9253$2,775

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8959$8,055
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9256$5,550
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9256$5,550

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8956$5,370
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9253$2,775
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9253$2,775

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8959$8,055
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9256$5,550
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9256$5,550

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

Whether you are a prospective student or a current student, your questions matter. Please take a few moments to skim our Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us.

“I am thrilled, delighted and honored to be used for His purpose.”

Jennifer Bennett, B.S., 2007; M.A. in Organizational Leadership & Management, 2011 Organizational, Workforce, Strategic Planning and Leadership Management, U.S. Navy (Washington Navy Yard)

“I chose Regent because of its Christian principles, as I wanted to learn how to integrate my faith with telling stories; also because of its amazing film program and facilities. Yes, my expectations were definitely met.”

Michelle Bello, M.A., 2011 Cinema Arts/Television, Directing

“I visited Regent during my brother’s first semester as a graduate student, toured the gorgeous campus, and realized I was called to Regent too.”

Abbie Braswell, B.S. in Business, 2020 Former Resident Assistant, Regent University

“Regent gave me the skills I needed and prepared me for the work I’m doing now.”

Stryker Watts, B.S. in Business - Marketing, 2013 Senior Manager, Deposit & Regional Marketing, First Republic Bank

“At Regent, they encourage you as an individual and want you to succeed. Don’t sell yourself short. You can do it.”

Robert Coward, B.A. in History, 2019