2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Communications

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This list of 24 schools consists of the most affordable online colleges offering master’s degrees in communications. The least expensive school on this list, Utah State University, offers a Master’s of Technical Communication at an annual tuition rate of $4,334. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, ranked #11, offers a variety of master's program tracks including integrated marketing communication, leadership communication, and public communication.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2017 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 Utah State University Annual Tuition $4,334
#2 #2 University of Iowa Annual Tuition $4,455
#3 #3 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,184
#4 #4 Ohio University-Lancaster Campus Annual Tuition $6,060
#5 #5 Tiffin University Annual Tuition $7,500
#6 #6 Quincy University Annual Tuition $7,775
#7 #7 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $7,956
#8 #8 University of Valley Forge Annual Tuition $8,014
#9 #9 Touro University Worldwide Annual Tuition $9,000
#10 #10 Stephen F. Austin State University Annual Tuition $9,549
#11 #11 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $9,558
#12 #12 Murray State University Annual Tuition $9,600
#13 #13 Point Park University Annual Tuition $10,188
#14 #14 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Annual Tuition $10,304
#15 #15 Notre Dame of Maryland University Annual Tuition $10,836
#16 #16 Kent State University at Kent Annual Tuition $11,556
#17 #17 Messiah College Annual Tuition $11,610
#18 #18 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $12,350
#19 #19 Purdue University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $13,161
#20 #20 Northern Arizona University Annual Tuition $13,458
#21 #21 Gonzaga University Annual Tuition $14,100
#22 #22 Bay Path University Annual Tuition $14,670
#23 #23 Troy University Annual Tuition $14,820
#24 #24 Western New England University Annual Tuition $18,000
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,334
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,363
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Editing; Publications Management; Reading Theory and Document Design; Rhetorical Theory; Studies in Culture and Professional Communication; Theory and Research in Professional Communication

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,455
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,487
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Strategic Communication; Financial and Budget Fundamentals for Communicators; Risk Communication; Strategic Communication Writing; Strategic Planning for the Communication Professional; Strategic Web Video Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $5,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,394
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Organizational Communication; Communication and Crisis in Organizations; International Communication: Global Marketing & PR; Social Influence; Strategic Communication Audits

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Information Diffusion; Communication in Social Conflict; Communicative Practices in Organizations; Cross-Cultural Communication; Gender and Communication; Instructional Training & Development in Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,055
  • Example Classes:
    Cyber Cultures and Issues in Cyberspace; Documentary Film; Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion; New Media; Philosophy of Communication; Politics and the News
  • Annual Tuition: $7,775
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 153
  • Example Classes:
    Communication for Change; Crisis Communication; Digital Communication II: Computer-Based; Ethics in Strategic Communication; Integrated Communication: Social Media; Integrated Marketing Communication

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,956
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,582
  • Example Classes:
    Cross-Platform Campaigns; Cross-Platform Storytelling; Health Journalism; International Media; Mass Communications Teaching Methods; Media Administration and Management

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,014
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 67
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate Brand Communications; Law, Policy, and Ethics in Online; Leadership Development in Digital Media; Media Literacy, Culture, and the Christian; Multi-Platform Media Production; New Marketing in Digital Media
  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 473
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Media Psychology – Part 1; Career Counseling; Communication and Persuasion; Foundation of Learning and Cognition; The Psychological Impact of Media and Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $9,549
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,707
  • Example Classes:
    International Media; Management Problems in Media; Media & Politics; Media & Society; Media Law & Ethics; Media Sales
  • Annual Tuition: $9,558
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,302
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Social Process; Criticism of Mass Media; Language and Human Conduct; Persuasion and Propaganda; Political Communication; Technology of Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,730
  • Example Classes:
    Communication in Instructional Environments; Communication Technology in Organizations; Foundations of Organizational Communication; Interpersonal Communication at Work; Research Methods in Organizational Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $10,188
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 656
  • Example Classes:
    Comm, Technology & Culture; Communication Law & Regulation; Freelance Communications and Consulting; Social Media Crisis & Strategic Communications; Technology Mediated Comm; Visual Communication Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $10,304
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 12,474
  • Example Classes:
    Health and Family Communication; Health and the Media; Health Informatics; Organizational Health Communication; Provider-Patient Communication; Social Marketing for Health and Behavior Change
  • Annual Tuition: $10,836
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,599
  • Example Classes:
    Communication And Gender; Cross-Cultural Communication; Film Themes; Media Criticism And Theory; Technology In Contemporary Communication; Visual Culture
  • Annual Tuition: $11,556
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,460
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics of Mass Communication; Legal Problems in Mass Communication; Media Management; Reporting/Editing - Journalism Educators; Research Methods in Mass Communication; Theory of Mass Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $11,610
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 483
  • Example Classes:
    Global Strategic Communication; Marketing Strategy; Organizational Communication: Theory & Practice; Social Media Strategy
  • Annual Tuition: $12,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,633
  • Example Classes:
    Changing Media Business Models; Communication in Media Organizations; Communications Law; Investigative Reporting; Media Ethics; Participatory Journalism
  • Annual Tuition: $13,161
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,912
  • Example Classes:
    Focus Groups and Interviewing for Strategic Communication; Integrated Communication; Leadership and Global Strategic Communication; Strategic Communication and Fundraising; Strategic Communication and Social Media; Strategic Communications and Ethics

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,458
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,906
  • Example Classes:
    American Political Communication; Communication in Instruction; Communication, Technology, and Society; Health Communication; Intercultural Communication Theory; Organizational Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $14,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,429
  • Example Classes:
    Communication & Leadership Ethics; Communication Teaching and Pedagogy; International and Intercultural Communication; Strategic & Corporate Communication; Theorizing Communication; Travel Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $14,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,251
  • Example Classes:
    Competitive Threats & Challenges; Decision Support Systems; Integrated Marketing Communications; Media Preferences; Social Media Analytics; Social Media Campaigns
  • Annual Tuition: $14,820
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,575
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $18,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,179
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Management and Public Relations; Manufacturing and Managing Public Opinion; Principles & Practices of Public Relations; Strategies for Social and Digital Media; Writing for Communication Professionals
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