SIU Online Journalism Degree

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

Online Journalism Degree

The School of Journalism brings the classroom experience to you online. Earning a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Journalism is within your reach, giving you access to a world class education at your fingertips. The program fits with the demands of your life, offering you the opportunity to pursue a college degree, and earn the success you deserve.

Similar to the on-campus B.S. in Journalism, our online Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) students complete 120 hours of coursework, fulfilling the requirements for both the University’s Core Curriculum and the School of Journalism’s specialization in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The full Online Journalism degree typically takes four years to complete, but offers the opportunity to earn your degree sooner. Transfer students often complete the program in half of that time.

Whether you are completing your degree, launching a career, or preparing for advancement, our Online Journalism program provides the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in news, advertising, public relations, and digital media creation.


Online courses are taught by the same full-time faculty as our on-campus classes. You will benefit from interaction with scholars actively engaged in research and professionals with notable, successful careers in industry.  

The online degree courses for the specialization in Journalism and Mass Communication are formatted similarly to our on-campus classes. Online courses offer a combination of video and audio lectures, content, and reading materials. Students will generally have weekly assignments including quizzes, written work, and exams. Online class size is similar to our on-campus courses. Students receive the required attention and communication with instructors necessary for success and retention. 

Curriculum and Courses

SIU offers online courses in 4-week, 8-week, and 16-week segments. This allows students to choose a schedule that fits their life. For added flexibility, students may enroll full-time or part-time.

The required major courses to complete the JMC major specialization are:

MAJOR CORE REQUIREMENTS (JRNL 201 and 202 required for all Journalism Majors; Prerequisites are noted in parenthesis following course titles below)

  • JRNL 201 Writing Across Platforms
  • JRNL 202 Creativity Across Platforms


  • JRNL 160 Mass Communication in Society
  • JRNL 301 Principles of Advertising
  • JRNL 302 Copywriting (22 ACT English, or C/Better in JRNL 201 or ENGL 300)
  • JRNL 310 Writing for Mass Media (22 ACT English, or C/Better in JRNL 201 or ENGL 300)
  • JRNL 332 Journalism Law OR JRNL 405 Mass Communication Research
  • JRNL 407 Social Issues in Advertising OR JRNL 434 Media Ethics
  • JRNL Electives (300 level or higher Journalism courses) - 15 hours

The Online Journalism program offers continuous enrollment, so students may start the program in any semester. Check out the program’s degree requirements and curriculum for an idea of what to expect.


The cost for the Online Journalism program is determined by SIU’s Off-Campus tuition and fee structure. Please refer to the Off-Campus Tuition and Fees Calculator for additional information. Some courses may require the purchase of textbooks or other materials.

Financial aid and scholarships may be available. Please visit the SIU Financial Aid website for more information on general University, College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, and School of Journalism scholarships. 


The Online Journalism program is available for both freshmen and transfers that meet regular University admissions requirements. It is also available to returning students or students looking to complete their SIU degree online. 

If you are a transfer student with an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, you are already halfway to your degree. Associate of Arts degrees from accredited community colleges in Illinois and from some of our border states allow transfer students to enter the Online Journalism program with junior standing with completion of their core curriculum classes. Associate degrees and transfer work from other institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine course transferability.


To apply for the Online Journalism program, visit the Undergraduate Admissions website. Simply submit a Southern Illinois University admissions application, official high school and / or college transcripts, and the application fee or fee waiver to be considered for admission to the program. 


For questions, or to request more information, please contact the School of Journalism’s academic adviser:

Jean Rendleman Miner
Academic Advisor
phone: 618-453-6902