2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Communications

2020 Most Affordable Communications Masters Degrees Badge

All 25 of these colleges and universities offer affordable online master's in communications programs. Ranked #1, Fitchburg State University charges $4,230 per year for their Master of Science in Applied Communication - Social Media. Available courses include Intercultural Communication Competence, New and Emerging Media, and Visual Communication and Design. Second-ranked Fort Hays State University is a similarly affordable option, with an annual tuition of only $4,604.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $4,230
# 2 #2 $4,604
# 3 #3 $4,720
# 4 #4 $5,210
# 5 #5 $5,295
# 6 #6 $5,838
# 7 #7 $5,854
# 8 #8 $6,060
# 9 #9 $6,300
# 10 #10 $6,511
# 11 #11 $7,266
# 12 #12 $7,292
# 13 #13 $7,310
# 14 #14 $7,410
# 15 #15 $7,452
# 16 (tie) #16 (tie) $7,500
# 16 (tie) #16 (tie) $7,500
# 18 #18 $7,875
# 19 #19 $7,935
# 20 #20 $8,025
# 21 #21 $8,520
# 22 #22 $8,550
# 23 #23 $8,613
# 24 #24 $8,704
# 25 #25 $8,784
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,036
  • Example Classes: Integrated Social Media; Intercultural Communication Competence; New and Emerging Media; Social Media Marketing; Social Mobilities; Visual Communication and Design

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Applied Communication - Social Media
  • Annual Tuition: $4,604
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,743
  • Example Classes: Corporate Communication; Managerial Communication; Managerial Reports & Presentations; Problems in Business Communication

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration - Corporate Communication
  • Master of Liberal Studies - Corporate Communications
  • Annual Tuition: $4,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,559
  • Example Classes: Applied Communication Research Methods; Quantitative Analysis in Communication Research; Rhetorical Analysis in Communication Research; Theory and Research in Communication

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Professional Studies - Applied Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $5,210
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,514
  • Example Classes: Communication Pedagogy; Digital Communication; Intercultural Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Small Group and Team Communication; Social Interaction

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies - Communication and Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $5,295
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,252
  • Example Classes: Discourse and Technology; Document Design; Ethics in Technical Communication; Foundations of Technical Communication; History of Rhetoric; Online Publishing; Written Discourse and Social Issues

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Arts in Master of Arts in Technical Communication - Technical Communication
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Innovation
  • Master of Arts in Technical Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $5,838
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,305
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Arts in Communication (Thesis)
  • Annual Tuition: $5,854
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,187
  • 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; Strategic Communication Audits

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Applied Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,746
  • Example Classes: International Media; Management Problems in Media; Media & Politics; Media & Society; Media Law & Ethics; Media Sales

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Advertising and Public Relations (Media Project Option)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Advertising and Public Relations (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Advertising and Public Relations (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Broadcasting (Media Project Option)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Broadcasting (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Broadcasting (Thesis Option)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,362
  • Example Classes: Communication and Culture; Conflict and Negotiation; Group Leadership; Organizational and Interpersonal Communication; Qualitative Research Methods in Communication; Rhetoric and Political Discourse

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Advertising and Public Relations - Marketing Communication Management
  • MA in Communication Studies
  • MA in Communication Studies - Organizational Leadership (Academic Option)
  • MA in Communication Studies - Organizational Leadership (Professional Option)
  • MA in Journalism
  • Annual Tuition: $6,511
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,800
  • Example Classes: Ethnic and Alternative Media in America; Images of Minorities in the Media; Internet Policy and Regulation; Journalistic Freedom and Responsibility; News Media and the First Amendment; The Press and Propaganda

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Mass Communication
  • MA in Mass Communication - Mass Media Research
  • MA in Mass Communication - Professional Mass Media - Multi-Platform Journalism
  • MA in Mass Communication - Professional Mass Media - Strategic Communication/Public Relations
  • MA in Professional and Technical Writing
  • MA in Professional and Technical Writing - Nonfiction
  • Annual Tuition: $7,266
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,882
  • Example Classes: Communication for Professionals; Communication Pedagogy; Communication Training and Development; Conflict Management; Gender and Communication; Modern Rhetorical Criticism; Organizational Communication; Persuasive Writing Public Issues; Topics in Rhetoric & Culture

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Technical Communication
  • Master of Science in Communication and Composition
  • Master of Science in Communication Studies
  • Master of Science in Cross-Disciplinary Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $7,292
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 925
  • Example Classes: Advertising & Public Relations Strategies; Communication & Digital Culture; Mediated Communication in Relationships; Professional Social Media; Professional Writing and Presentations; Visual Literacy & Application

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Professional Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $7,310
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 730
  • Example Classes: Data Visualization and Storytelling; Ethics and Business Decision Making; Integrated Marketing Communication; Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace; Organizational Development and Change; Strategic Planning and Implementation

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Business Communication
  • Master of Science in Business Communication - Accounting
  • Master of Science in Business Communication - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Business Communication - Human Resource Management
  • Master of Science in Business Communication - Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Business Communication - Sports Management
  • Annual Tuition: $7,410
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,529
  • Example Classes: Communication and Influence; Communication Law and Ethics; Leadership and Media Strategies; Public Relations and Strategic Communication; Strategic Communication & Emerging Media; Strategic Organizational Communication

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Strategic Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $7,452
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,560
  • Example Classes: Cross-Platform Campaigns; Cross-Platform Storytelling; Health Journalism; International Media; Mass Communications Teaching Methods; Media Administration and Management; Media Law Case Studies; Women in Media

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Mass Communication
  • Master of Mass Communication - Coursework Only
  • Master of Mass Communication - Research
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,094
  • Example Classes: Analyzing Audiences; Information in Context; Social Media Metrics

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Digital Content Strategy
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,503
  • Example Classes: Mass Communications Theories; Proseminar in Communication; Quantitative Research Methods

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $7,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 822
  • Example Classes: Cyber Cultures and Issues in Cyberspace; Documentary Film; Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion; New Media; Philosophy of Communication; Politics and the News; Transmedia Storytelling

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Humanities in Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $7,935
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 852
  • Example Classes: Leadership and Resource Stewardship; Organizational Improvement and Innovation; Persuasion; Self and Systems Leadership; Seminar in Strategic Management Communications; Team Communication in Organizations

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Communication and Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $8,025
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,256
  • Example Classes: Communication Research Methods; Digital Media and Communication; Organizational Communication and Culture; Presentational Speaking; Strategic Communication; Topics in Identity Management

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Professional Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $8,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,262
  • Example Classes: Crisis Management; Integrated Marketing Communication; Managerial and Leadership Communication; Organizational Communication

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies - Integrated Marketing Communication
  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies - Managerial & Leadership Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 800
  • Example Classes: Advanced Public Speaking; American Popular Culture and Communication Technology; Bibliographic Research and Writing; Communication Theory; Crisis Communication; Qualitative Research Methods

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication - Non-Thesis Option
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Thesis Option
  • Annual Tuition: $8,613
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,352
  • Example Classes: Environmental Communications; Issues, Risk and Reputation; Mass Communication Law; Professional Journalism Practicum; Seminar in Issues of the Media; Strategic Health Communication

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Agricultural Education and Communication
  • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering - Communication and Networking
  • Master of Science in Mass Communications
  • Annual Tuition: $8,704
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,398
  • Example Classes: Communication in Instructional Environments; Communication Technology in Organizations; Foundations of Organizational Communication; Interpersonal Communication at Work; Research Methods in Organizational Communication

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Public Relations
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Communication
  • Master of Science in Mass Communication
  • Master of Science in Mass Communication - Public Relations
  • Master of Science in Organizational Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $8,784
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,744
  • Example Classes: Communication Analytics; Communication Writing; Global Marketing Management; Multi-Media Communication

Online Master's Degrees

  • MBA in Business Communication
  • MS in Management - Business Communication