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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies

The online Bachelor of Arts in journalism and media studies program provides you with a sophisticated understanding of media communication. This program is designed to give you a deep and nuanced understanding of the growing importance, power, influence and changing nature of media in the world. As a student, you will examine a variety of media and communication subjects including the history of media communication, social media and strategic communication and more.

Explore the Journalism and Media Studies bachelor's degree program

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU Online helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your Journalism and Media Studies bachelor of Arts degree. 

Financial assistance includes loans, grants and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system. NMSU Online students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

Internship Opportunity

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies has an internship/practicum program, which provides excellent opportunities for students to gain valuable, real-world media experience.


Degree type: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies

College: Arts and Sciences

Department: Journalism and Media Studies

Delivery formats: 100% online

Program length: Full-time (3 years); part-time (4 - 5 years)

Cost per credit hour: 

  • Undergraduate online: $380.20*† 
  • Active Military online: $250*† 

 Accredited by: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commision of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

*For NMSU Online programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Online programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.


Quick Fact

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a median salary of $58,770 for print media editor, $62,810 for PR specialist/strategic communications, $68,940 for advertising/promotion planner, $141,490 for ad/pr/marketing manager.  

What can you do with a Journalism and Media Studies bachelor's degree from NMSU Online?

Career Positions

NMSU graduates of the Journalism and Media Studies bachelor’s degree program will be prepared for the workforce and a range of professional positions that require degrees in Journalism and Media Studies, including:

  • Advertising planner, executive, copywriter, media planner
  • Social Media Manager and Social Media Content Manager
  • Strategic Communication
  • PR Specialist
  • Graphic Designer
  • News Writing
  • Marketing Communication Specialist/Strategists
  • Media Planner and Media Strategy Director
  • Sports Event Manager
  • Print editors, media producers, and developers
  • Professional bloggers and vloggers
  • Photojournalists and Videographers


NMSU’s Journalism and Media Studies graduates are hired by leading employers in New Mexico and nationwide, including:

  • NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and Affiliates
  • IMC Agencies
  • Strategic communication agency
  • Leo Burnett
  • Starcomm Media
  • ESPN

The skills you learn as a journalism and media studies major at NMSU can open exciting career opportunities for you in all media fields including a wide variety of online journalism and digital news media.

Program Curriculum

Students must complete all university degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, viewing a Wider World requirements and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. The General Education requirements may be completed with transfer credits from any previous institutions.

Review detailed information about the bachelor’s in Journalism and Media Studies degree requirements and a suggested road map for your undergraduate study at NMSU. 

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Top Classes for Journalism and Media Studies bachelor’s degree program majors

Here is a sampling of courses offered in the Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies degree program:

  • Media and Society
  • Newswriting for Print and Internet
  • Introduction to Multimedia
  • Mass Communications Law
View all Journalism bachelor’s degree program requirements in the NMSU Course Catalog.

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