University of Missouri-Kansas City

Communication — Digital Journalism and Media Emphasis

Quick Facts


Bachelor of arts

Delivery Mode

100% Online

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost


Transfer credit hours


Transfer estimated cost



3-4 courses per semester


3-4 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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You know that excellent storytelling is key to effective communication. That’s why you’re drawn to this bachelor’s program from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) where you can earn a degree in communication with a digital journalism and media emphasis — entirely online. Here, you will learn the craft of storytelling from seasoned professionals and gain hands-on experience in researching, writing and sharing content in a variety of digital environments, including social media. Learn to manage a fast-paced editorial calendar for a variety of media and take on diverse topics, while you discover new ways to make your stories and ideas stand out online.

The UMKC 100% online bachelor’s in communication with a digital journalism and media emphasis is a unique opportunity to attain an undergraduate degree, even while working full time. Take courses tailored for busy professionals like you. Work with faculty and fellow students who understand the challenges of juggling school with other responsibilities. You’ll graduate with competitive skills in digital content creation that can help you advance in your current job or launch a new career. Don’t miss this chance to transform your passion for storytelling into the future you already see for yourself.
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Career Prospects

Journalism students find employment in many fields within media, communication and beyond. From careers in writing and editing, digital media and social media, journalism graduates can create their own path in many industries.

Potential job titles include:

  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • Copy editor
  • Podcast creator and producer
  • Digital journalist
  • Social media journalist
  • Digital and social media strategist

Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take three to four classes each semester and finish in three to four years.

Course work includes:

  • Introduction to journalism
  • Introduction: modern communications media
  • Fundamentals of effective speaking and listening
  • Introduction to and intermediate academic prose
  • Culture and diversity
  • Civic and urban engagement
  • Critical thinking in arts and humanities


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

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