2019 Most Affordable Online Master's in Communications

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Online master's degrees in communications can be obtained affordably at any of these colleges and universities. The least expensive option is the Master of Arts in Communication at University of Central Missouri. Tuition for this program is only $5,227 per year. University of Northern Iowa, ranked #10, offers a MA in Communication Studies: Communication Education Emphasis, for $7,635. Bellevue University rounds out the list, ranking #25, and offers the most degree options in this discipline.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 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 Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,227
#2 #2 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,525
#3 #3 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $5,615
#4 #4 Minnesota State University at Mankato Annual Tuition $6,171
#5 #5 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $6,304
#6 #6 Southern Utah University Annual Tuition $6,358
#7 #7 Stephen F. Austin State University Annual Tuition $7,056
#8 #8 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $7,214
#9 #9 Utah State University Annual Tuition $7,327
#10 #10 University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $7,635
#11 #11 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $7,830
#12 #12 The University of Findlay Annual Tuition $7,950
#13 #13 Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $8,115
#14 #14 University of Iowa Annual Tuition $8,160
#15 (tie) #15 (tie) Concordia University - Saint Paul Annual Tuition $8,550
#15 (tie) #15 (tie) Morehead State University Annual Tuition $8,550
#17 #17 Washington State University Annual Tuition $8,730
#18 #18 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $8,842
#19 #19 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $9,572
#20 #20 National University Annual Tuition $9,890
#21 (tie) #21 (tie) Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $9,900
#21 (tie) #21 (tie) Notre Dame of Maryland University Annual Tuition $9,900
#23 #23 Tiffin University Annual Tuition $10,000
#24 #24 Park University Annual Tuition $10,080
#25 #25 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $10,350
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,227
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $5,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $5,615
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $6,171
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $6,304
  • 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: $6,358
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 892
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising & Public Relations Strategies; Communication & Digital Culture; Critical Thinking and Listening; Family Communication; Health Communication; Intercultural Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $7,056
  • 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: $7,214
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,654
  • 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: $7,327
  • 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: $7,635
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $7,830
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $7,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $8,115
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,924
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $8,160
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 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: $8,730
  • 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: $8,842
  • 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: $9,572
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,365
  • Example Classes:
    Communication & Conflict; Communication Theories of Interpersonal Conflict; Conflict & Communication Context; Conflict Communication Research Methods; Gender Issues in Communication; Hypertext Theory and Design
  • Annual Tuition: $9,890
  • 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: $9,900
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • 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: $10,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 997
  • 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: $10,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $10,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,342
  • Example Classes:
    Analyzing Anti-Americanism; Defining and Managing Requirements and Project Success; Democracy, Gender, and Reform Across the Middle East; Human Capital & Organizational Performance; Project Communications Management and Leadership; Project Management in Global and Virtual Workplaces
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