2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Communications Master's Degrees

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Averaging only $7,799 per year, these colleges represent the most economical options for students seeking online master's degrees in communications. The lowest annual tuition is found at University of Iowa, which is ranked #1 and offers a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication for $4,680 per year. Two universities tie for 15th place; Concordia University - Saint Paul, which offers a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication Management, and Notre Dame of Maryland University, which offers a Master of Arts in Contemporary Communication, both have the same annual tuition of $8,550.

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

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 University of Iowa Annual Tuition $4,680
#2 #2 Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $5,325
#3 #3 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $5,625
#4 #4 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,784
#5 #5 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $5,870
#6 #6 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Annual Tuition $6,511
#7 #7 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $6,555
#8 #8 Utah State University Annual Tuition $7,055
#9 #9 University of Valley Forge Annual Tuition $7,225
#10 #10 University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $7,470
#11 #11 Stephen F. Austin State University Annual Tuition $7,650
#12 #12 The University of Findlay Annual Tuition $7,950
#13 #13 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $8,175
#14 #14 Minnesota State University at Mankato Annual Tuition $8,205
#15 (tie) #15 (tie) Concordia University - Saint Paul Annual Tuition $8,550
#15 (tie) #15 (tie) Notre Dame of Maryland University Annual Tuition $8,550
#17 #17 Washington State University Annual Tuition $8,775
#18 #18 Morehead State University Annual Tuition $8,835
#19 #19 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $8,842
#20 #20 Asbury University Annual Tuition $8,925
#21 #21 Mississippi College Annual Tuition $9,408
#22 #22 National University Annual Tuition $9,568
#23 #23 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Annual Tuition $9,660
#24 #24 Park University Annual Tuition $9,882
#25 #25 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $9,900
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,680
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,535
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Strategic Communication; Financial and Budget Fundamentals for Communicators; Media Management for Strategic Communication; Risk Communication; Strategic Communication Writing; Strategic Planning for the Communication Professional
  • Annual Tuition: $5,325
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,588
  • Example Classes:
    Discourse and Technology; Document Design; Ethics in Technical Communication; Foundations of Technical Communication; History of Rhetoric; Online Publishing
  • Annual Tuition: $5,625
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,100
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Culture; Conflict and Negotiation; Group Leadership; Organizational and Interpersonal Communication; Qualitative Research Methods in Communication; Rhetoric and Political Discourse
  • Annual Tuition: $5,784
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,202
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Organizational Communication; Communication and Crisis in Organizations; International Communication: Global Marketing & PR; MA International Communication: Global Marketing & PR; MA Social Influence; Social Influence

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,870
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,419
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Social Change; Communication Research Methods; Directing for Television; Mass Media and Society; Race, National Identity and Media; Rhetoric and Popular Culture

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,511
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,932
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $6,555
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,222
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Communication Research Methods; Gender and Communication; Intercultural Communication Theory and Research; Nonverbal Communication; Persuasion; Quantitative Analysis in Communication Research

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,055
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,280
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Editing; Cultural Research Methods; Publications Management; Reading Theory and Document Design; Theory and Research in Professional Communication; Usability Studies and Human Factors in Professional Communication

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,225
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 67
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate Brand Communications; Law, Policy, and Ethics in Online Communication; Leadership Development in Digital Media; Media Literacy, Culture, and the Christian; Multi-Platform Media Production; New Marketing in Digital Media
  • Annual Tuition: $7,470
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,801
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Research Methodology; Communication Theory; Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication; Critical Methods; Mass Communication Theory; Quantitative Methods
  • Annual Tuition: $7,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,684
  • Example Classes:
    International Media; Management Problems in Media; Media & Politics; Media & Society; Media Law & Ethics; Media Sales
  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,417
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Research Methods; Digital Media and Communication; Organizational Communication and Culture; Presentational Speaking; Strategic Communication; Topics in Identity Management
  • Annual Tuition: $8,175
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 18,407
  • Example Classes:
    Crime and Violence in American Film; Cultural History of US Television: Theory and Method; Film and Television Genres: Sci-Fi; Hollywood Film Historiography; Los Angeles: Movies and Culture; Race and Gender in American Film
  • Annual Tuition: $8,205
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,973
  • Example Classes:
    Communication for Professionals; Communication Pedagogy; Communication Training and Development; Conflict Management; Desktop Publishing; Editing Technical Publications
  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,842
  • Example Classes:
    Interactive Media Management; Interactive Project Management; Intercultural Communication; Leadership Communication; Media Strategies; Strategic Communication Management
  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,658
  • Example Classes:
    Communication And Gender; Cross-Cultural Communication; Film Themes; Media Criticism And Theory; Research Methods for Professionals; Visual Culture
  • Annual Tuition: $8,775
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,238
  • Example Classes:
    Consumer Behavior and Brand Development; Creative Media Strategies & Techniques; Crisis Communication in Global Contexts; Persuasion for Professional Communicators; Professional Digital Content Promotion; Professional Marketing Communication Management and Campaigns
  • Annual Tuition: $8,835
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 994
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Public Speaking; American Popular Culture and Communication Technology; Bibliographic Research and Writing; Communication Theory; Crisis Communication; Qualitative Research Methods

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,842
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,575
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Family Communication; Advanced Interpersonal Communications; Comm Studies Methods & Research; Seminar In Family Communication; Seminar In Interpersonal Communication; Statistical Methods For Communications

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 214
  • Example Classes:
    Cinematography and Lighting; Deconstructing the Documentary: Myths, Propaganda, & the Truth; Design for Film, Television and Theatre; Directing the Narrative Film; Sports Storytelling; Sundance: Independent Cinema
  • Annual Tuition: $9,408
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,903
  • Example Classes:
    NCAA Rules and Regulations; Negotiation; Persuasion; Process and Effects of Communication; Public Relations; Societal and Ethical Trends in Athletics
  • Annual Tuition: $9,568
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC ACCJC and WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,873
  • Example Classes:
    Campaign & Program Management; Communication in Global Environment; Crisis Communications; Integrated Marketing Communication; Legal and Ethical Issues; Persuasion
  • Annual Tuition: $9,660
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,064
  • Example Classes:
    Literature of Journalism; Mass Media History; Mass Media Law; Politics and the Media; Race, Gender, and Media; Science Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $9,882
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,370
  • Example Classes:
    Cross-Cultural Communication; Human Communication Perspectives; Leading Organizational Change; Measuring Leadership; Organizational Leadership; The Epistemology of Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,341
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Management; Integrated Marketing Communication; Managerial and Leadership Communication; Organizational Communication
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