2020 Most Affordable Online Communications Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
2020 Most Affordable Communications Bachelors Degrees Badge
By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

The 23 schools in this list represent the most affordable options for obtaining an online bachelor's degree in communications. At #1, Tennessee State University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Communication for only $4,200 per year. Southern Utah University, ranked #2, offers an annual tuition rate of $6,006 for its Bachelor of Applied Science in Graphic Communications.

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

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Tennessee State University $4,200
# 2 #2 Southern Utah University $6,006
# 3 #3 Columbus State University $6,510
# 4 #4 Fort Hays State University $6,560
# 5 #5 Ohio University-Main Campus $7,290
# 6 #6 Lamar University $7,440
# 7 #7 University of Arkansas $7,568
# 8 #8 Arkansas State University $7,740
# 9 #9 Central Methodist University $7,800
# 10 #10 West Texas A&M University $7,953
# 11 #11 Lipscomb University $8,000
# 12 #12 American Public University System $8,100
# 13 #13 University of Idaho $8,304
# 14 #14 Clarion University $8,334
# 15 #15 University of Arkansas at Little Rock $8,400
# 16 #16 SUNY College at Oswego $8,480
# 17 #17 Southeastern Oklahoma State University $8,835
# 18 (tie) #18 (tie) Grantham University $8,850
# 18 (tie) #18 (tie) Missouri State University $8,850
# 20 #20 Western Illinois University $8,883
# 21 #21 Lynn University $9,000
# 22 #22 University of Wisconsin-Superior $9,150
# 23 #23 The University of Texas Permian Basin $9,233
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $4,200
Annual Tuition: $4,200
Annual Tuition: $4,200
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 200
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 256
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (615) 963-5000

Example Classes: Business and Professional Speaking, Communication Theory, Leadership Communication, Small Group Communication

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Public Relations
#2
#2

Southern Utah University

Cedar City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $6,006
Annual Tuition: $6,006
Annual Tuition: $6,006
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 730
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 497
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (435) 586-7700

Example Classes: Critical Thinking and Listening, Family Communication, Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Team Work, Decision Making, and Leadership

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication - Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication - Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication - Strategic Communication
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $6,510
Annual Tuition: $6,510
Annual Tuition: $6,510
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 674
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 786
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (706) 507-8800

Example Classes: Analysis of Argument, Business and Professional Speaking, Inter-ethnic Cultural Communication, Listening, Persuasion, Public Address

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Communication Studies
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $6,560
Annual Tuition: $6,560
Annual Tuition: $6,560
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of General Studies - Business Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education - Corporate Communication
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $7,290
Annual Tuition: $7,290
Annual Tuition: $7,290
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,926
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,892
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (740) 593-1000

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences in Human Services - Diversity and Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication
#6
#6

Lamar University

Beaumont (TX)
Annual Tuition: $7,440
Annual Tuition: $7,440
Annual Tuition: $7,440
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,222
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (409) 880-7011

Example Classes: Broadcast Announcing, Conflict Management & Small Group Communication, Human Resource Interviewing, Interpersonal Communication, Interviewing, Media Writing, News Gathering & Writing, Organizational Communication, Pop Culture Theories, TV Writing and Performing

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication - Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication - General
#7
#7

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville (AR)
Annual Tuition: $7,568
Annual Tuition: $7,568
Annual Tuition: $7,568
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1300
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 934
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,578
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (479) 575-2000

Example Classes: Argumentation: Reason in Communication, Communication Criticism, Communication in a Diverse World, Language and Expressive Culture, Media, Community and Citizenship, Public Speaking

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
#8
#8

Arkansas State University

Jonesboro (AR)
Annual Tuition: $7,740
Annual Tuition: $7,740
Annual Tuition: $7,740
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 1013 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,064
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,414
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (870) 972-2100

Example Classes: Communication Theory, Computer Mediated Information, Crisis Communication, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Mass Communication in Modern Society, Narratives in Health and Healing, Organization Communication, Principles of Persuasion

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Communication Studies
  • BGS in Communications
  • BS in Creative Media Production - Corporate Media
  • BS in Digital Technology and Design with a Concentration in Strategic Communication
  • BS in Strategic Communication - Social Media Management
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,734
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 159
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Argumentation and Debate, Mass Media, Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, Small Group Communication

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $7,953
Annual Tuition: $7,953
Annual Tuition: $7,953
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,356
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,039
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 651-0000

Example Classes: New Media, Organizational Communication, Persuasion, Principles of Advertising, Public Relations and Publicity

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
#11
#11

Lipscomb University

Nashville (TN)
Annual Tuition: $8,000
Annual Tuition: $8,000
Annual Tuition: $8,000
  • Online Degrees: 11
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 164
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 114
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (615) 966-1000

Example Classes: Applied Active Listening, Applied Conflict Management, Applied Presentation Skills, Communication in the Workplace, Relational Communication

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Leadership
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies in Entertainment Management
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies in Integrated Studies - Strategic Practices
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Communication
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies in Strategic Leadership
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Communication Systems, Information & Digital Literacy, Making Writing Relevant, Technical Writing

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor in Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor in Arts in Communication - Digital Communication and Media Design
  • Bachelor in Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Engineering: Electrical Engineering - Communications
#13
#13

University of Idaho

Moscow (ID)
Annual Tuition: $8,304
Annual Tuition: $8,304
Annual Tuition: $8,304
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 431
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 590
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (888) 884-3246

Example Classes: Communication Theory, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A. in Communication
  • B.S. in Communication
  • B.S. in Organizational Sciences - Organizational Communication
  • B.S. in Organizational Sciences - Organizations and Communities
#14
#14

Clarion University

Clarion (PA)
Annual Tuition: $8,334
Annual Tuition: $8,334
Annual Tuition: $8,334
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 699
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 741
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (814) 393-2000

Example Classes: Intro to Human Communication, Intro to Mass Media, Media Writing

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication - Communication Principles
  • Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies - Communication
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • Online Degrees: 11
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,676
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 757
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (501) 569-3000

Example Classes: Communicating with Difference, Conflict Management, Human Communication Concepts, Interviewing, Persuasive Presentations, Speech Communication

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Applied Communication
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies - Psychology
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies - Speech Communication
  • BA in Mass Communication - Mass Media
  • BA in Mass Communication - Mass Media - Media Studies
  • BA in Mass Communication - Mass Media - Professional
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $8,480
Annual Tuition: $8,480
Annual Tuition: $8,480
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 288
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 393
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (315) 312-2500

Example Classes: American Government and Politics, Broadcasting and Cable, Mass Media and the Law, Media Economics, Programs, Programming and Effects, Radio Production

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communication
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $8,835
Annual Tuition: $8,835
Annual Tuition: $8,835
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 969
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,744
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Communication Theory & Research, Conflict Management, Interpersonal Communication, Media and Society, Survey of Communication

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA Communication - Organizational & Strategic Communication
#18
#18

Grantham University

Kansas City (KS)
Annual Tuition: $8,850
Annual Tuition: $8,850
Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 22%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,896
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,183
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Phone #: (800) 955-2527

Example Classes: Business Communication, Civility and Mass Media, Conflict and Communications, Digital Media, Strategies for Decision Making

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Strategic Communications
#18
#18

Missouri State University

Springfield (MO)
Annual Tuition: $8,850
Annual Tuition: $8,850
Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,048
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,332
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (417) 836-5000

Example Classes: Gender and Communication, Intercultural Communication Theory and Research, Nonverbal Communication, Persuasion, Small Group Communication, The Rhetorical Tradition and Contemporary Applications

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $8,883
Annual Tuition: $8,883
Annual Tuition: $8,883
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 589
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 472
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (309) 295-1414

Example Classes: Interpersonal Communication, Interviewing, Organizational Communication, Persuasion, Rhetorical Criticism

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
#21
#21

Lynn University

Boca Raton (FL)
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 231
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 377
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (800) 888-5966

Example Classes: Advertising, Public Relations and Society, Communication Law and Ethics, Media Literacy, Persuasion and Propaganda

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Communication and Media
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $9,150
Annual Tuition: $9,150
Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 615
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 295
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (715) 394-8101

Example Classes: Advanced Intercultural Communication, Communicating Gender, Communication in Conflict, Communication Inquiry, Group Communication Processes, Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, Theatre Appreciation

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communicating Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Communicating Arts
#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $9,233
Annual Tuition: $9,233
Annual Tuition: $9,233
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1133
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,827
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 589
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (432) 552-2020

Example Classes: Crisis Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Measurement in Communication, Modern Media and Society, Nonverbal Communication, Organizational Communication, Public Messages, Rhetoric in Western Thought

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Communication