2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Public Relations Degrees

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These 13 colleges and universities offer affordable online bachelor's degrees in public relations. Ranked at #1, Ohio University-Main Campus offers a Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication. Tuition for Ohio University-Main Campus's program is $7,290 per year. Regent University Online, ranked fourth, offers three different degree paths: a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with concentrations in either advertising and public relations or rhetoric and public culture, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online master's in public relations programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $7,290
#2 #2 Columbia College Annual Tuition $9,150
#3 #3 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600
#4 #4 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,850
#5 #5 New England College Annual Tuition $12,150
#6 #6 Point Park University Annual Tuition $13,423
#7 #7 Ashford University Annual Tuition $13,560
#8 #8 Arkansas Tech University Annual Tuition $13,860
#9 #9 Montana State University-Billings Annual Tuition $13,965
#10 #10 Concordia University - Texas Annual Tuition $14,720
#11 #11 Franklin University Annual Tuition $15,779
#12 #12 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus Annual Tuition $16,650
#13 #13 California Baptist University Annual Tuition $16,980
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,290
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication in Your Workplace: Strategies for Teachers and Administrators; Consumer Issues in Telecommunication; Ethics, Mass Media, and Society; Media and the Creative Process; Privacy in the Internet Age; Qualitative Inquiry in Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Editing and Revision; Crisis Management; Public Relations Campaign; Public Relations Writing; Social Media; Visual Communication and Culture
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication for Leadership; Digital Graphic Design for the Web; Electronic Public Relations; Integrated Public Relations Campaigns & Measurement; Media Ethics and Law; Public Relations Campaign Planning Seminar; Public Speaking

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising and Promotion; Communication Ethics; Crisis Communication & Organizational Image; Issues in Media Law & Ethics; Narrative Concept and Development; Producing News, Information, Entertainment; Public Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising and Promotion; Communication Ethics; Contemporary Art and Media; Cross-cultural Communication; Organizational Communication and Negotiation; Social Media
  • Annual Tuition: $13,423
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Branding and Corporate Identity; International Media; Media Ethics and Responsibilities; Media Planning and Buying; Oral Communications and Presentation; Special Events Planning
  • Annual Tuition: $13,560
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Business Communications; Consumer Behavior; e-Business; International Marketing; Marketing Research; Marketing Strategy
  • Annual Tuition: $13,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Community Journalism; Computer Mediated Communications; Interviewing Principles and Practices; Persuasive Theory and Audience Analysis; Professional Communications
  • Annual Tuition: $13,965
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising, Media, and Culture; Communicating Online; Exploring Communication Studies; History & Theory of Persuasion; Issues in Organizational Communication; Media Criticism; Media for Social Change
  • Annual Tuition: $14,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Journalism and New Media Communication; Intercultural Communication Experience; Organizational Communication; Persuasive Communication; Writing for the Media and Public Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $15,779
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Client Engagement; Customer Relationship Management; Media and Crisis Communication; Media Research and Writing; Public Relations & Promotional Strategy; Rhetoric and Social Influence

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate, Non-Profit, and Government Public Relations; News Media Ethics; Principles of Strategic Communications; Strategic Communications Law; Studies in Public Relations; Writing for the Media
  • Annual Tuition: $16,980
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Literacy For Public Relations Professionals; Critical Thinking and Crisis Management; Editing For Print And Online Media; Global Digital Engagement; History and Theory of Public Relations; Legal, Ethical and Social Foundations of Public Relations; Media Law, Ethics And Copyright

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