2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Communications Degrees

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This list of 24 schools offer the most affordable online communication degrees available, all with annual tuitions under $10,000. The degrees on this list are available at any level: associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate. The most affordable school on this list, University of Central Missouri, offers a Master of Arts in Communication for only $5,184 per year. Students interested in an online associate degree in communications will find an affordable option at Waldorf University, with an annual tuition of only $8,550. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online communications degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Communications Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,184 Communications Degrees: Master's
#2 #2 Lamar University Annual Tuition $6,240 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's
#3 #3 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,424 Communications Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#4 #4 Utah State University Annual Tuition $6,698 Communications Degrees: Master's
#5 #5 Arkansas State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $6,990 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's
#6 #6 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $7,072 Communications Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Minnesota State University at Mankato Annual Tuition $7,084 Communications Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#8 #8 Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $7,290 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 University of Iowa Annual Tuition $7,380 Communications Degrees: Master's
#10 #10 Tiffin University Annual Tuition $7,500 Communications Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 Valley City State University Annual Tuition $7,639 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's
#12 #12 Quincy University Annual Tuition $7,775 Communications Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 Clarion University Annual Tuition $7,818 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's
#14 #14 Salem State University Annual Tuition $8,100 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 Concordia University-Saint Paul Annual Tuition $8,550 Communications Degrees: Master's
#15 #15 Waldorf University Annual Tuition $8,550 Communications Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate
#17 #17 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Annual Tuition $8,640 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's
#18 #18 Lynn University Annual Tuition $8,850 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#19 #19 Drury University Annual Tuition $9,269 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's
#20 #20 University of Wisconsin-Superior Annual Tuition $9,270 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 #21 King University Annual Tuition $9,300 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's
#22 #22 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $9,558 Communications Degrees: Master's
#23 #23 Clemson University Annual Tuition $9,570 Communications Degrees: Doctoral
#24 #24 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Communications Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Organizational Communication; Communication and Crisis in Organizations; International Communication: Global Marketing & PR; Social Influence; Strategic Comm Audits

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,240
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Broadcast Announcing; Conflict Management & Small Group Communication; Human Resource Interviewing; Interpersonal Communication; Interviewing; Media Writing; News Gathering & Writing

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,424
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Communication; Business Communication Applications; Conflict Management Through Communication; Corporate Communication; Global Business Communication; Managerial Communication; Managerial Reports and Presentations
  • Annual Tuition: $6,698
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Editing; Publications Management; Reading Theory and Document Design; Rhetorical Theory; Studies in Culture and Professional Communication; Studies in Digital Media; Theory & Research in Professional Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $6,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Theory; Computer Mediated Information; Crisis Communication; Intercultural Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Mass Communication in Modern Society; Narratives in Health and Healing
  • Annual Tuition: $7,072
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Cross-Platform Campaigns; Cross-Platform Storytelling; Health Journalism; International Media; Mass Communications Teaching Methods; Media Administration and Management; Media Law Case Studies

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,084
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication for Professionals; Communication Pedagogy; Communication Training and Development; Conflict Management; Gender and Communication; Modern Rhetorical Criticism; Organizational Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $7,290
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication in Interpersonal Relationships; Communication in Your Workplace: Strategies for Teachers and Administrators; Consumer Issues in Telecommunication; Fundamentals of Public Speaking; International Mass Media; Introduction to Studies in Visual Communication; Mass Media Writing Principles
  • Annual Tuition: $7,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Strategic Communication; Risk Communication; Strategic Communication Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Example Classes:
    Cyber Cultures and Issues in Cyberspace; Documentary Film; Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion; New Media; Philosophy of Communication; Politics and the News; Transmedia Storytelling
  • Annual Tuition: $7,639
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Interviewing; Communication Theory; Group Dynamics; Human Communication; Public Relations; Reporting and Feature Writing

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,775
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication for Change; Crisis Communication; Digital Communication II: Computer-Based; Ethics in Strategic Communication; Integrated Communication: Social Media; Integrated Marketing Communication; Visual Communication

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,818
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Intro to Human Communication; Intro to Mass Media; Media Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Communications in the Global Village; Gender Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Mass Media and Society; Oral Communication; Peace and Peace Building; Political Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Innovative Communication; Interactive Media Management; Interactive Project Management; Leadership Communication; Media Strategies; Strategic Communication Management
  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Mass Communications and Society; Mass Media Law; News Gathering and Reporting; Radio Production; Television/Film Production; Web Design
  • Annual Tuition: $8,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Measurement in Communication; Modern Media and Society; Nonverbal Communication; Organizational Communication; Public Messages

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising, Public Relations and Society; Communication Law and Ethics; Media Literacy; Persuasion and Propaganda
  • Annual Tuition: $9,269
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Ethics; Contemporary Workforce Issues; Ethics and Leadership; Expository Writing; Grant Writing; Leading Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability; Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
  • Annual Tuition: $9,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Intercultural Communication; Communicating Gender; Communication in Conflict; Communication Inquiry; Group Communication Processes; Interpersonal Communication; Persuasion

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Speech Communication; Communication Theory; Editing for Special Topics in Communication ; Ethics in Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Leadership Communication; Organizational Communication

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,558
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Social Process; Criticism of Mass Media; Political Communication; Technology of Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $9,570
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Experience in Research and Communication; Cultural Critiques of Mechanical Reproductions; Histories of Rhetorics; Pedagogy, Administration, and Assessment; Perspectives in Information Designs; Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Technologies; Visual Rhetorics
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication in the Digital Age; Desktop Publishing; Exploring World Cultures/Mass Media; Graphics and Layout in Print Media; Media Ethics and Law; New Media Technologies; Social Media
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