2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Public Relations Degrees

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This list of colleges features the 22 most affordable online schools offering public relations degrees. With an annual tuition rate of $8,700, Columbia College is the most affordable school on this list. Students can choose from either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in public relations and advertising. The most affordable public relations master's program is offered by Ball State University, with a tuition rate of $10,030 per year. To be considered for this list, schools must offer one or more online degrees in public relations at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Public Relations Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Columbia College Annual Tuition $8,700 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's
#2 #2 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#3 #3 Ball State University Annual Tuition $10,030 Public Relations Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#4 #4 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $10,170 Public Relations Degrees: Master's
#5 #5 Montana State University-Billings Annual Tuition $10,441 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#6 #6 Kent State University at Kent Annual Tuition $11,790 Public Relations Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,850 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#8 #8 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $11,862 Public Relations Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 Mid-America Christian University Annual Tuition $11,873 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's
#10 #10 Olivet Nazarene University Annual Tuition $11,970 Public Relations Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 Point Park University Annual Tuition $12,772 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's
#12 #12 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus Annual Tuition $13,174 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 Arkansas Tech University Annual Tuition $13,440 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's
#14 #14 Concordia University - Wisconsin Annual Tuition $13,640 Public Relations Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#15 #15 Ottawa University Online Annual Tuition $14,850 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's
#16 #16 University of Denver Annual Tuition $15,072 Public Relations Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#17 #17 Franklin University Annual Tuition $15,314 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's
#18 #18 Concordia University-Texas Annual Tuition $16,640 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's
#19 #19 Western New England University Annual Tuition $18,000 Public Relations Degrees: Master's
#20 #20 California Baptist University Annual Tuition $19,692 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#21 #21 Webster University Annual Tuition $21,920 Public Relations Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#22 #22 George Washington University Annual Tuition $24,000 Public Relations Degrees: Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Editing and Revision; Crisis Management; Public Relations Campaign; Public Relations Writing; Social Media; Visual Communication and Culture
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Graphic Design for the Web; Electronic Public Relations; Public Relations Campaign Planning Seminar; Public Speaking; Social Media
  • Annual Tuition: $10,030
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Public Relations Campaigns; Public Relations Case Studies; Public Relations Evaluation Techniques; Public Relations Theories and Applications; Studies in Journalism and Communication Research
  • Annual Tuition: $10,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication & Conflict; Ethical & Legal Issues in Marketing; Marketing Promotions; Media Technologies & Communication Strategies; Strategic Communication Campaigns for the Digital Age; Strategic Marketing Management
  • Annual Tuition: $11,790
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Public Relations; Internship in Journalism and Mass Communication; Legal Problems in Mass Communication; Media Relations and Publicity; Social Media and Public Relations; Strategic Writing and Messaging in Public Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising and Promotion; Communication Ethics; Narrative Concept and Development; Producing News, Information, Entertainment; Public Relations; Writing for Strategic Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Communication Management; Global Public Relations; Public Relations Campaigns; Public Relations Techniques; Public Relations Theory and Practice; Public Relations Writing

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,873
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Creating Social Media Presence and Cultural Movements; Law and Ethics for Public Relations; Media Effects; Media, Culture, and Social Influence; Persuasion, Motivation, and Social Influence; Writing for Mass and Social Media
  • Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Marketing and Brand Management; Public Relations Campaigns; Public Relations Research; Writing for News and Public Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $12,772
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Branding and Corporate Identity; International Media; Media Ethics and Responsibilities; Media Planning and Buying; Oral Communications and Presentation; Special Events Planning
  • Annual Tuition: $13,174
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate, Non-Profit, and Government Public Relations; News Media Ethics; Principles of Strategic Communications; Strategic Communications Law; Studies in Public Relations; Writing for the Media
  • Annual Tuition: $13,440
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Community Journalism; Computer Mediated Communications; Interviewing Principles and Practices; Persuasive Theory and Audience Analysis; Professional Communications
  • Annual Tuition: $13,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Interpersonal Communications and Interviewing; Effective Business Writing in the Marketplace; Public Speaking: Professional Reports and Presentations
  • Annual Tuition: $14,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Law and Ethics; Critical Listening; Media Writing; News and Feature Reporting; Organizational Communication; Speech Preparation and Delivery
  • Annual Tuition: $15,072
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Marketing Communication; Dimensions of Reputation Management; Public Relations Principles and Process; Public Relations Research and Measurement; Public Relations Writing and Tactics
  • Annual Tuition: $15,314
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Client Engagement; Customer Relationship Management; Media and Crisis Communication; Media Research and Writing; Public Relations & Promotional Strategy; Rhetoric and Social Influence

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Journalism and New Media Communication; Intercultural Communication Experience; Organizational Communication; Persuasive Communication; Writing for the Media and Public Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $18,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Manufacturing and Managing Public Opinion; Public Relations for NonProfits; Strategic Approaches to Public Relations; Strategies for Social and Digital Media; Writing for Communication Professionals
  • Annual Tuition: $19,692
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Literacy For Public Relations Professionals; Editing For Print And Online Media; Global Digital Engagement; Media Law, Ethics And Copyright; Public Relations Issues & Crisis Management; Writing For Mass Media

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Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Cultural Diversity in the Media; Professional Development in Public Relations; Public Relations and New Media: Content Creation and Management; Public Relations Case Studies, U.S. and Global; The Law and the Media
  • Annual Tuition: $24,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 33%
  • Example Classes:
    Ethical Standards in Public Relations and Public Affairs; Issues Management and Crisis Communications; Media Relations in the New Media World; Political Socialization and Public Opinion; Sustainability Communication Strategies
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