2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Communications

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

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.

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

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Fitchburg State University $4,230
# 2 #2 Fort Hays State University $4,604
# 3 #3 Missouri State University $4,720
# 4 #4 Eastern Illinois University $5,210
# 5 #5 Texas Tech University $5,295
# 6 #6 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus $5,838
# 7 #7 University of Central Missouri $5,854
# 8 #8 Stephen F. Austin State University $6,060
# 9 #9 University of Alabama $6,300
# 10 #10 University of Arkansas at Little Rock $6,511
# 11 #11 Minnesota State University at Mankato $7,266
# 12 #12 Southern Utah University $7,292
# 13 #13 Spalding University $7,310
# 14 #14 Troy University $7,410
# 15 #15 South Dakota State University $7,452
# 16 (tie) #16 (tie) University of Kansas $7,500
# 16 (tie) #16 (tie) University of Louisiana-Monroe $7,500
# 18 #18 Tiffin University $7,875
# 19 #19 Washburn University $7,935
# 20 #20 The University of Findlay $8,025
# 21 #21 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania $8,520
# 22 #22 Morehead State University $8,550
# 23 #23 Kansas State University $8,613
# 24 #24 Murray State University $8,704
# 25 #25 Wilmington University $8,784
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $4,230
Annual Tuition: $4,230
Annual Tuition: $4,230
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 385
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,402
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (978) 345-2151

Example Classes: Integrated Social Media, Intercultural Communication Competence, New and Emerging Media, Social Media Marketing, Social Mobilities, Visual Communication and Design

#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,604
Annual Tuition: $4,604
Annual Tuition: $4,604
  • 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: Corporate Communication, Managerial Communication, Managerial Reports & Presentations, Problems in Business Communication

#3
#3

Missouri State University

Springfield (MO)
Annual Tuition: $4,720
Annual Tuition: $4,720
Annual Tuition: $4,720
  • 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: Applied Communication Research Methods, Quantitative Analysis in Communication Research, Rhetorical Analysis in Communication Research, Theory and Research in Communication

#4
#4

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston (IL)
Annual Tuition: $5,210
Annual Tuition: $5,210
Annual Tuition: $5,210
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 562
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 524
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 581-5000

Example Classes: Communication Pedagogy, Digital Communication, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group and Team Communication, Social Interaction

#5
#5

Texas Tech University

Lubbock (TX)
Annual Tuition: $5,295
Annual Tuition: $5,295
Annual Tuition: $5,295
  • Online Degrees: 11
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,931
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,811
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 742-2011

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

#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $5,838
Annual Tuition: $5,838
Annual Tuition: $5,838
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 900 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,514
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 917
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (575) 562-1011

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

#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $5,854
Annual Tuition: $5,854
Annual Tuition: $5,854
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 449
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 728
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (660) 543-4111

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

#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • Online Degrees: 14
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,040
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 574
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 468-2011

Example Classes: International Media, Management Problems in Media, Media & Politics, Media & Society, Media Law & Ethics, Media Sales

#9
#9

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa (AL)
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,856
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,659
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (205) 348-6010

Example Classes: Communication and Culture, Conflict and Negotiation, Group Leadership, Organizational and Interpersonal Communication, Qualitative Research Methods in Communication, Rhetoric and Political Discourse

#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $6,511
Annual Tuition: $6,511
Annual Tuition: $6,511
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • 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: 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

#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $7,266
Annual Tuition: $7,266
Annual Tuition: $7,266
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 662
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 561
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (507) 389-1866

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

#12
#12

Southern Utah University

Cedar City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $7,292
Annual Tuition: $7,292
Annual Tuition: $7,292
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Advertising & Public Relations Strategies, Communication & Digital Culture, Mediated Communication in Relationships, Professional Social Media, Professional Writing and Presentations, Visual Literacy & Application

#13
#13

Spalding University

Louisville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $7,310
Annual Tuition: $7,310
Annual Tuition: $7,310
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 90
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 44
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (502) 585-9911

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

#14
#14

Troy University

Troy (AL)
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,633
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,088
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 670-3100

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

#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $7,452
Annual Tuition: $7,452
Annual Tuition: $7,452
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,221
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 314
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 952-3541

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

#16
#16

University of Kansas

Lawrence (KS)
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 600
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,382
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 864-2700

Example Classes: Analyzing Audiences, Information in Context, Social Media Metrics

#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 899
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 939
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (318) 342-1000

Example Classes: Mass Communications Theories, Proseminar in Communication, Quantitative Research Methods

#18
#18

Tiffin University

Tiffin (OH)
Annual Tuition: $7,875
Annual Tuition: $7,875
Annual Tuition: $7,875
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 420
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 613
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 968-6446

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

#19
#19

Washburn University

Topeka (KS)
Annual Tuition: $7,935
Annual Tuition: $7,935
Annual Tuition: $7,935
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 474
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 199
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 670-1010

Example Classes: Leadership and Resource Stewardship, Organizational Improvement and Innovation, Persuasion, Self and Systems Leadership, Seminar in Strategic Management Communications, Team Communication in Organizations

#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $8,025
Annual Tuition: $8,025
Annual Tuition: $8,025
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1262
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 102
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 474
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (419) 422-8313

Example Classes: Communication Research Methods, Digital Media and Communication, Organizational Communication and Culture, Presentational Speaking, Strategic Communication, Topics in Identity Management

#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $8,520
Annual Tuition: $8,520
Annual Tuition: $8,520
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 53
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 905
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (814) 732-2000

Example Classes: Crisis Management, Integrated Marketing Communication, Managerial and Leadership Communication, Organizational Communication

#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $8,550
Annual Tuition: $8,550
Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 948 -1223
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 724
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 587
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 783-2000

Example Classes: Advanced Public Speaking, American Popular Culture and Communication Technology, Bibliographic Research and Writing, Communication Theory, Crisis Communication, Qualitative Research Methods

#23
#23

Kansas State University

Manhattan (KS)
Annual Tuition: $8,613
Annual Tuition: $8,613
Annual Tuition: $8,613
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 961
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,425
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 532-6011

Example Classes: Environmental Communications, Issues, Risk and Reputation, Mass Communication Law, Professional Journalism Practicum, Seminar in Issues of the Media, Strategic Health Communication

#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $8,704
Annual Tuition: $8,704
Annual Tuition: $8,704
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 1035 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 705
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 548
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (270) 809-3011

Example Classes: Communication in Instructional Environments, Communication Technology in Organizations, Foundations of Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication at Work, Research Methods in Organizational Communication

#25
#25

Wilmington University

New Castle (DE)
Annual Tuition: $8,784
Annual Tuition: $8,784
Annual Tuition: $8,784
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 63%
  • Graduation Rate: 21%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,064
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,291
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (877) 967-5464

Example Classes: Communication Analytics, Communication Writing, Global Marketing Management, Multi-Media Communication