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. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable communications schools below or read our full methodology.

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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: Bachelor's, 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 The King's 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
  • Annual Tuition: $5,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Organizational Communication; Communication and Crisis in Organizations; International Communication: Global Marketing & PR; Social Influence

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,240
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Broadcast Announcing; Interpersonal Communication; Interviewing; Media Writing; TV Writing and Performing

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,424
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Communication; Business Communication Applications; Conflict Management Through Communication; Corporate Communication; Global Business Communication; Managerial Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $6,698
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Publications Management; Reading Theory and Document Design; Rhetorical Theory; Studies in Digital Media; Theory & Research in Professional Communication

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Theory; Computer Mediated Information; Interpersonal Communications; Mass Communication in Modern Society; Principles of Persuasion
  • Annual Tuition: $7,072
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Health Journalism; International Media; Mass Communications Teaching Methods; Media Administration and Management

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,084
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication for Professionals; Communication Pedagogy; Modern Rhetorical Criticism; Persuasive Writing Public Issues; Topics in Rhetoric & Culture
  • Annual Tuition: $7,290
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Fundamentals of Public Speaking; International Mass Media; Introduction to Studies in Visual Communication; Mass Media Writing Principles; Precision Language for Journalists
  • Annual Tuition: $7,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Strategic Communication; Risk Communication; Strategic Communication Writing

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Example Classes:
    Cyber Cultures and Issues in Cyberspace; Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion; New Media; Philosophy of Communication; Politics and the News

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,639
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • 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)

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

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • 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; Political Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Interactive Media Management; Interactive Project Management; Leadership Communication; Media Strategies; Strategic Communication Management
  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • 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; Measurement in Communication; Modern Media and Society; Nonverbal Communication; Public Messages; Rhetoric in Western Thought

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • 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: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Ethics; Expository Writing; Grant Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $9,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Intercultural Communication; Communicating Gender; Communication in Conflict; Group Communication Processes

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Speech Communication; Ethics in Communication; Leadership Communication; Organizational Communication; Professional Communication; Visual Rhetoric

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • 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; 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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