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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.

January 11, 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.

On completing the online M.A. in journalism degree, 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
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.

2020-2021 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to 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.


Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, 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 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 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.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

M.A. in Journalism

$650 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550
Library Course $50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)
Late Payment Fee $100

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

M.A. in Journalism

$650 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $600
Library Course $50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)
Late Payment Fee $100

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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.

“Regent's online, eight-week programs will help you take responsibility and have a way to be self-taught. You'll not only have that initiative, but you'll be able to interact with your professors online. It was really good for me.”

Taniki Richard, B.S. Business Leadership, 2016 Former U.S. Marine Corps

“We were taught practical skills for the workplace in Regent's classroom. Now I can see how they work in a professional environment.”

Ryan Clemens, MFA, 2010 Acting

“At Regent, we were encouraged to tie our studies into who we are as Christians and to incorporate that extra layer. We learned to do all things with excellence — and that should never be compromised.”

Debbie Holloway, B.A. in English, 2012 English

“Regent offered me ... a stepping stone towards academics, towards my future as a Christian leader to change the world, but perhaps more importantly, it gave me a community.”

Katherine Person, B.A., 2017 International Studies

“My Regent learning experience helped inform my perspective on clients, products, the work environment and competitors, which heavily influences the work that I do.”

Shé Hall, M.A., 2011 Digital Media