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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
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August 22, 2022
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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.

2022-23 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 12Monday, August 22
Session MFriday, September 9Monday, September 19
Session BFriday, October 14Monday, October 24
Session CWednesday, January 4Monday, January 9
Session TFriday, January 27Monday, February 6
Session DFriday, March 3Monday, March 13
Session EFriday, April 28Monday, May 8
Session FFriday, June 9Monday, June 19

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Step 2: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire

  • After you submit your application, you will receive a link to complete the required admissions questionnaire.

Step 3: Submit Your Unofficial College Transcripts

  • Email your unofficial college transcripts to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Unofficial Transcripts.
  • Upon conditional acceptance, Regent University will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company.

Step 4: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

  • Email a photo of your government-issued ID to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Government ID.
  • Please note that 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)$6706$4,020
Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting (MFA)$6706$4,020
Master of Fine Arts in Television & Video Production (MFA)$6706$4,020
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$9206$5,520
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9503$2,850
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9503$2,850

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6709$6,030
Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting (MFA)$6709$6,030
Master of Fine Arts in Television & Video Production (MFA)$6709$6,030
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$9209$8,280
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9506$5,700
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9506$5,700

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 Screenwriting (MFA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Television & Video Production (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 Screenwriting (MFA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Television & Video Production (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

*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 took a trip to the campus and was blown away by the beauty of the school. What actually won me over to finally pursue an advanced degree was the professional resources offered by the School of Communication & the Arts, as well as the curriculum.”

Jonathan Santiago, M.A., 2012 Digital Media

“I have been praying continuously that God will make a way for me…With your aid, I am far closer to being able to afford college than I was before. ”

Allison DuBois, B.S. in Biophysical Sciences, 2025 Scholarship Recipient

“I learned all I could at Regent, because I knew He would eventually draw it all back out of me to use for someone else’s good.”

Sharla Mylar, Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2017 Assistant Attorney General, Alaska Department of Law

“All of my professors have such a passion for what they are teaching and it is contagious. RSG professors have first-hand knowledge about the subjects they teach. They emphasize that we can make moral arguments in the public sphere.”

Keelyn Geoghean, M.A., 2014

“I was able to start with 15 credit hours toward the leadership program. But little did I know that, through research, the application of biblical principles and the Christian environment, God would speak to me.”

Chad Rose, M.A. in Organizational Leadership, 2020 Lieutenant Colonel - Reserve (Retired); American Airlines Airbus Captain