2019 Most Affordable Online Communications Degrees

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These 25 schools make up the most affordable options for obtaining an online bachelor's degree in communication, with all of their annual tuition rates priced at less than $10,000. Southern Utah University is the #1 school, with a tuition rate of $6,006 annually. SUU has a number of online bachelor's degrees in communications with specializations in Media Studies Emphasis, Strategic Communication, and Communication Composite. In the #2 spot is Fort Hays State University, offering two bachelor's degrees in communications for $6,560 per academic year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 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 Southern Utah University $6,006
#2 #2 Fort Hays State University $6,560
#3 #3 Valdosta State University $6,780
#4 #4 Ohio University-Main Campus $7,200
#5 #5 University of Arkansas $7,383
#6 #6 Lamar University $7,440
#7 #7 Columbus State University $7,533
#8 #8 Valley City State University $8,070
#9 #9 SUNY College at Oswego $8,240
#10 #10 Minnesota State University at Mankato $8,266
#11 #11 Clarion University $8,334
#12 #12 Salem State University $8,550
#13 #13 American Public University System $8,640
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Lynn University $8,850
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Missouri State University $8,850
#16 #16 Montana State University-Billings $8,969
#17 #17 Florida International University $8,993
#18 #18 University of Central Florida $9,000
#19 #19 Indiana University - Bloomington $9,460
#20 #20 Drury University $9,548
#21 #21 Southern New Hampshire University Online $9,600
#22 #22 Indiana University - East $9,640
#23 #23 Wiley College $9,849
#24 #24 Dickinson State University $9,930
#25 #25 Thomas Edison State University $9,967
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,006
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising & Public Relations Strategies; Communication & Digital Culture; Critical Thinking and Listening; Family Communication; Health Communication; Intercultural Communication; Mediated Communication in Relationships; Nonverbal Communication; Professional Social Media; Professional Writing and Presentations
  • Annual Tuition: $6,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $6,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Advocacy, Civic Engagement, and Emerging Media; Critical Approaches to Emerging Media; Emerging Media Ethics and Law; Emerging Media for Professionals; Mass Communication History and Theory; Research Analytics and Performance
  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Information Diffusion; Communication in Interpersonal Relationships; Communication in Social Conflict; Communication in Your Workplace: Strategies for Teachers and Administrators; Communicative Practices in Organizations; Consumer Issues in Telecommunication; Cross-Cultural Communication; Fundamentals of Public Speaking; Instructional Training & Development in Communication; International Mass Media
  • Annual Tuition: $7,383
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $7,440
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,533
  • 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: $8,070
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Interviewing; Communication Theory; Group Dynamics; Human Communication; Public Relations; Reporting and Feature Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $8,240
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    American Government and Politics; Broadcasting and Cable; Mass Media and the Law; Media Economics; Programs, Programming and Effects; Radio Production
  • Annual Tuition: $8,266
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication for Professionals; Communication Pedagogy; Communication Training and Development; Conflict Management; Desktop Publishing; Editing Technical Publications; Gender and Communication; Modern Rhetorical Criticism; Online Documentation; Organizational Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $8,334
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Example Classes:
    Intro to Human Communication; Intro to Mass Media; Media Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • 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: $8,640
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Systems; Information & Digital Literacy; Making Writing Relevant; Technical Writing
  • 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: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Communication Research Methods; Gender and Communication; Intercultural Communication Theory and Research; Nonverbal Communication; Persuasion; Quantitative Analysis in Communication Research; Rhetorical Analysis in Communication Research; Small Group Communication; The Rhetorical Tradition and Contemporary Applications; Theory and Research in Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $8,969
  • 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: $8,993
  • 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: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication & Conflict; Communication Theories of Interpersonal Conflict; Conflict & Communication Context; Conflict Communication Research Methods; Gender Issues in Communication; Hypertext Theory and Design; Intercultural Communication; Persuasive Writing; Production and Publication Methods; Rhetoric of Science
  • Annual Tuition: $9,460
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Communication; Communication & Culture; Telecommunications
  • Annual Tuition: $9,548
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $9,600
  • 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: $9,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $9,849
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Culture and Personality; Event Planning and Management; Mass Media in a Diverse Society; Public Relations Research; Public Relations Writing; Third World Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $9,930
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Interpersonal Communication; Organizational and Group Communication; Technical Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $9,967
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Broadcast and Cable Promotion; Communication Law; Communications in the Digital Age; Small Group Communication; Survey of Cable Communications; Telecommunication Processes and Policy

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