2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Communications Degrees

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Affordable online communications degrees can be found at all 25 schools on this list. Second-ranked Southern Utah University offers both a bachelor of science and a bachelor of arts in communication for a cheap annual tuition of $6,488. Communication students at Southern New Hampshire University Online can specialize in new media, professional writing, or public relations when earning their BA in communication.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online master's in communications programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,399
#2 #2 Southern Utah University Annual Tuition $6,488
#3 #3 Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $7,290
#4 #4 Clarion University Annual Tuition $8,092
#5 #5 University of Arkansas Annual Tuition $8,283
#6 #6 Florida International University Annual Tuition $8,324
#7 #7 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Annual Tuition $8,400
#8 #8 Columbus State University Annual Tuition $8,525
#9 #9 Eastern Illinois University Annual Tuition $8,760
#10 #10 Lynn University Annual Tuition $8,850
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) King University Annual Tuition $9,150
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) University of Wisconsin-Superior Annual Tuition $9,150
#13 #13 Drury University Annual Tuition $9,269
#14 #14 Montana State University-Billings Annual Tuition $9,273
#15 #15 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600
#16 #16 University of Southern Maine Annual Tuition $10,170
#17 #17 Granite State College Annual Tuition $10,350
#18 #18 Eastern Oregon University Annual Tuition $10,440
#19 #19 Colorado State University-Global Campus Annual Tuition $10,500
#20 #20 Indiana University - East Annual Tuition $10,784
#21 #21 Wilmington University Annual Tuition $10,890
#22 #22 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $11,070
#23 #23 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Annual Tuition $11,250
#24 #24 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $11,263
#25 #25 Fisher College Annual Tuition $11,430
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,399
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Communication; Business Communication Applications; Conflict Management Through Communication; Corporate Communication; Global Business Communication; Managerial Communication; Managerial Reports and Presentations; Organizational Culture and Climate
  • Annual Tuition: $6,488
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Critical Thinking and Listening; Family Communication; Health Communication; Intercultural Communication; Nonverbal Communication; Team Work, Decision Making, and Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $7,290
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • 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; Media and the Creative Process; Precision Language for Journalists; Privacy in the Internet Age
  • Annual Tuition: $8,092
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Example Classes:
    Intro to Human Communication; Intro to Mass Media; Media Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $8,283
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Argumentation: Reason in Communication; Communication Criticism; Communication in a Diverse World; Language and Expressive Culture; Media, Community and Citizenship; Public Speaking

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,324
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Business and Professional Communication; Communication for Effective Leadership; Conflict Management; Interpersonal Communication; Persuasion; Rhetorical Communication: A Theory of Civil Discourse
  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Example Classes:
    Communicating with Difference; Conflict Management; Ethnic and Alternative Media in America; Human Communication Concepts; Images of Minorities in the Media; Internet Policy and Regulation; Interviewing; Journalistic Freedom and Responsibility; News Media and the First Amendment; Persuasive Presentations
  • Annual Tuition: $8,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of Argument; Business and Professional Speaking; Inter-ethnic Cultural Communication; Listening; Persuasion; Public Address
  • Annual Tuition: $8,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising: Theory & Practice; Computer Mediated Communication; Conflict in Organizations; Diversity in Organizations; Productive Work Teams; Public Relations in Society
  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising, Public Relations and Society; Communication Law and Ethics; Media Literacy; Persuasion and Propaganda
  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Speech Communication; Communication Theory; Editing for Special Topics in Communication ; Ethics in Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Leadership Communication; Organizational Communication; Professional Communication; Public Relations; Rhetoric and Persuasion

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Intercultural Communication; Communicating Gender; Communication in Conflict; Communication Inquiry; Group Communication Processes; Interpersonal Communication; Persuasion; Theatre Appreciation
  • Annual Tuition: $9,269
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Workforce Issues; Ethics and Leadership; Grant Writing; Leading Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability; Negotiation & Conflict Resolution; Organizational Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $9,273
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Communication in Small Groups; Exploring Communication Studies; History and Theory of Persuasion; Media for Social Change; Performance for the Camera; The Law of Public Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication for Leadership; Communication in the Digital Age; Communication, Media & Society; Desktop Publishing; Exploring World Cultures/Mass Media; Graphics and Layout in Print Media; Media Ethics and Law; More than Words: Communication by Design; New Media Technologies; Second Self: Identity and Personal Brands
  • Annual Tuition: $10,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Cognition; Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age; Gender Communication; Meaning and Communication; The First Amendment; Theories of Interpersonal Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $10,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Conducting Critical Inquiry; Effecting Positive Change in Organizations; Global Marketing; Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics; The Media and Its Messages; Trends in Digital and Social Media

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,440
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Are You Listening; Communication Law; Leadership Communication; Nonverbal Communication; Oral Interpretation; Small Group Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Conflict and Persuasion; Communication in the Global Information Age; Creating a Diverse and Ethical Workforce; Intercultural Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Mass Communication and Society

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,784
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Theories; Current Topics in Communication & Culture; Discussion & Decision Making; Projects in Telecommunication; Rhetoric & History; Visual Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $10,890
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Theory; Consumer Behavior; Internet Marketing; Legal Aspects of Communication; Managing Crisis Communications; Writing and Reporting for the News Media
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Aviation and Aerospace Communication; Environmental Communication; Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting; Mass Communication Law and Ethics; Science and Technology Communication; Technology and Modern Civilization

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,263
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising and Society; Communication and the Human Community; Community Journalism; Popular Culture; Risk and Crisis Communication; Social Implications of the Information Society

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,430
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Theory; Introduction to Digital Video Production; Media Criticism; Media Writing; Public Speaking
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