2020 Most Affordable Online Public Relations Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

This list highlights 19 schools, all of which offer affordable online bachelor's in public relations degrees. At #1, Tennessee State University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Public Relations for only $4,200 per year. University of Iowa, ranked #2, offers an annual tuition rate of $8,073 for its Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management - Communications Public Relations/Journalism.

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

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Tennessee State University $4,200
# 2 #2 University of Iowa $8,073
# 3 #3 Southern New Hampshire University Online $9,600
# 4 #4 Florida International University $10,376
# 5 #5 Boise State University $10,500
# 6 #6 Washington State University $11,550
# 7 #7 Liberty University $11,700
# 8 #8 Regent University Online $11,850
# 9 #9 University of North Dakota $11,970
# 10 #10 Indiana Institute of Technology $12,120
# 11 #11 Old Dominion University $12,210
# 12 #12 Franklin University $12,338
# 13 #13 St. Petersburg College $12,773
# 14 #14 Bridgewater State University $13,560
# 15 #15 Concordia University - Texas $13,800
# 16 #16 Arkansas Tech University $13,920
# 17 #17 Campbell University $13,950
# 18 #18 Mercer University $14,250
# 19 #19 Point Park University $14,880
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $4,200
Annual Tuition: $4,200
Annual Tuition: $4,200
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 200
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 256
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (615) 963-5000

Example Classes: Conflict Resolution & Negotiation, Newswriting, Public Relations Campaigns

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Public Relations
#2
#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City (IA)
Annual Tuition: $8,073
Annual Tuition: $8,073
Annual Tuition: $8,073
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 1130 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,041
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,962
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (319) 335-3500

Example Classes: Event Bidding: Processes and Strategies, Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication, Media Uses and Effects, Media, Advertising, and Society, New Media and the Future of Sport, Sport, Scandal, and Strategic Communication in Media Culture

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management - Communications Public Relations/Journalism
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 86,849
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,526
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

Example Classes: Digital Graphic Design for the Web, Electronic Public Relations, Media Ethics and Law, Public Relations Campaign Planning Seminar, Public Speaking, Social Media

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA Communication - Public Relations
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $10,376
Annual Tuition: $10,376
Annual Tuition: $10,376
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1110 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 10,922
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,749
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (305) 348-2000

Example Classes: Advanced concepts in Creative Design and Copywriting, Advanced PR Writing for Multimedia Platforms, Audience Analysis, BOLD Agency Practicum, Social Media’s Impact on Communication, Visual Design for Globalized Media

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,518
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,499
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (208) 426-1000

Example Classes: Client Relations, Conflict and Collaboration, Crisis Management, Global Public Relations, Media and Social Media Strategies for Professionals, Public Relations Campaigns

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $11,550
Annual Tuition: $11,550
Annual Tuition: $11,550
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,437
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,137
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (509) 335-3564

Example Classes: Communication Campaigns and Management, Consumer Insights and Branding, Creative Media Strategies and Techniques, Digital Content Promotion, Multimedia Content Creation, Reporting Across Platforms

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication
#7
#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 34,092
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 36,337
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

Example Classes: Communication in Sport, History of Sport, Media Writing, Sport Marketing, Sport Media Strategies, Strategic Social Media

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS: Sport Management: Sport Communication and Public Relations
#8
#8

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,850
Annual Tuition: $11,850
Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,146
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,092
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 352-4127

Example Classes: Advertising and Promotion, Communication Ethics, Narrative Concept and Development, Producing News, Information, Entertainment, Public Relations, Writing for Strategic Communication

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A. in Communication Studies - Advertising and Public Relations
  • B.A. in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
#9
#9

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks (ND)
Annual Tuition: $11,970
Annual Tuition: $11,970
Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,851
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 225-5863

Example Classes: AD/PR Campaigns, Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences, Information, Technology and Social Change

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Public Relations
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $12,120
Annual Tuition: $12,120
Annual Tuition: $12,120
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 12
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 519
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 937-2448

Example Classes: Community and Media Engagement, Digital Public Relations, Media Ethics and Law, Special Events Promotion, Video Storytelling

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Public Relations
#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $12,210
Annual Tuition: $12,210
Annual Tuition: $12,210
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,948
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,206
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 683-3000

Example Classes: Communication and Activism, Nonverbal Communication, Organizations and Social Influence, Public Journalism in the Digital Age, Radio, Rhetorical Criticism

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication - Strategic Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication - Strategic Communication (Degree Completion)
#12
#12

Franklin University

Columbus (OH)
Annual Tuition: $12,338
Annual Tuition: $12,338
Annual Tuition: $12,338
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 28%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,642
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,457
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (614) 797-4700

Example Classes: Client Engagement, Customer Relationship Management, Media and Crisis Communication, Media Research and Writing, Public Relations & Promotional Strategy, Rhetoric and Social Influence

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Public Relations
#13
#13

St. Petersburg College

Clearwater (FL)
Annual Tuition: $12,773
Annual Tuition: $12,773
Annual Tuition: $12,773
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 73%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 10,306
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (727) 341-4772

Example Classes: Concepts of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Contemporary Issues in Health Care & Human Services, Educational Concepts in Allied Health Education, Managing Cultural Diversity, Managing Global Human Resources, Sales, Negotiating and Customer Relationship Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A.S. in Health Services Administration - Public Relations and Marketing
#14
#14

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater (MA)
Annual Tuition: $13,560
Annual Tuition: $13,560
Annual Tuition: $13,560
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 319
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 117
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Example Classes: Business and Professional Communication, Corporate Communications and Social Responsibility, Strategic Communication for Non-Profits, Strategic Visual Communication

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Public Relations
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $13,800
Annual Tuition: $13,800
Annual Tuition: $13,800
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 226
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 496
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (512) 313-3000

Example Classes: Digital Journalism and New Media Communication, Intercultural Communication Experience, Organizational Communication, Persuasive Communication, Writing for the Media and Public Relations

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Visual Communication
#16
#16

Arkansas Tech University

Russellville (AR)
Annual Tuition: $13,920
Annual Tuition: $13,920
Annual Tuition: $13,920
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,231
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 562
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (844) 804-2628

Example Classes: Community Journalism, Computer Mediated Communications, Interviewing Principles and Practices, Persuasive Theory and Audience Analysis, Professional Communications

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts Organizational Leadership - Public Relations
#17
#17

Campbell University

Buies Creek (NC)
Annual Tuition: $13,950
Annual Tuition: $13,950
Annual Tuition: $13,950
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 570
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 40
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (800) 334-4111

Example Classes: Communication Ethics, Presentational Speaking, Public Relations Writing

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Public Relations
#18
#18

Mercer University

Macon (GA)
Annual Tuition: $14,250
Annual Tuition: $14,250
Annual Tuition: $14,250
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 612
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 498
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (478) 301-2700

Example Classes: Elements of Persuasion, Mass Media & Society, Public Relations Cases & Campaigns

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Public Relations
#19
#19

Point Park University

Pittsburgh (PA)
Annual Tuition: $14,880
Annual Tuition: $14,880
Annual Tuition: $14,880
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 421
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 431
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (412) 391-4100

Example Classes: Branding and Corporate Identity, International Media, Media Ethics and Responsibilities, Media Planning and Buying, Oral Communications and Presentation, Special Events Planning

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising