2019 Most Affordable Online Public Relations Degrees

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These 16 schools offer the most affordable online bachelor's degrees in public relations, all with tuitions less than $25,000. Montana State University-Billings, the #1 option, charges only $8,969 per year and offers several different degree options including a BS in Management and Public Relations, a BS in Health Administration and Public Relations, and a BS in Organizational Communication and Public Relations, among others. Southern New Hampshire University Online, at #2, charges $9,600 annually and offers a BA in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 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 Montana State University-Billings $8,969
#2 #2 Southern New Hampshire University Online $9,600
#3 #3 Washington State University $11,329
#4 #4 Liberty University $11,700
#5 #5 University of Minnesota-Crookston $11,864
#6 #6 Geneva College $11,970
#7 #7 New England College $12,150
#8 #8 Columbia College $12,375
#9 #9 University of Memphis $12,600
#10 #10 Arkansas Tech University $13,560
#11 #11 Point Park University $13,650
#12 #12 Ashford University $14,250
#13 #13 Franklin University $16,306
#14 #14 California Baptist University $18,848
#15 #15 Drexel University $22,545
#16 #16 Webster University $22,720
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  • Annual Tuition: $8,969
  • 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; Multicultural Mass Communication; Public Influence; The Law of Public Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • 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; Reputation Management: Building a Brand; Social Media; Spread the Word: Social Media Practices

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,329
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Campaigns and Management; Consumer Behavior and Brand Development; Consumer Insights and Branding; Creative Media Strategies & Techniques; Creative Media Strategies and Techniques; Digital Content Promotion; Multimedia Content Creation; Persuasion for Professional Communicators; Professional Digital Content Promotion; Professional Marketing Communication Management and Campaigns
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 24%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication & Conflict; Communication in Sport; Ethical & Legal Issues in Marketing; History of Sport; Marketing Promotions; Media Technologies & Communication Strategies; Media Writing; Sport Marketing; Sport Media Strategies; Strategic Communication Campaigns for the Digital Age
  • Annual Tuition: $11,864
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Writing; Corporate Training; Crisis Communication; Event Planning and Management; Interpersonal Communication; Political Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Business and Interpersonal Communication; Communication Theory; Crisis Communication; Digital Communication Design; Organizational Communication; Public Relations Publications
  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising and Promotion; Communication Ethics; Contemporary Art and Media; Cross-cultural Communication; Organizational Communication and Negotiation; Social Media
  • Annual Tuition: $12,375
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Comm in Public Relation; Event Management/HPRM & PR; Music Promo/Public Relations; Presidents and the Press; Public Relations Campaigns; Public Relations Writing

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Community Journalism; Computer Mediated Communications; Interviewing Principles and Practices; Persuasive Theory and Audience Analysis; Professional Communications
  • Annual Tuition: $13,650
  • 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: $14,250
  • 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: $16,306
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $18,848
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • 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; New Media Strategies; Public Relations Issues & Crisis Management; Public Relations Management and Leadership

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  • Annual Tuition: $22,545
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Publishing; Ethics for Public Communication; Event Planning; New Technologies In Communication; Public Relations Campaign Planning; Public Relations Research, Measurement and Evaluation; Public Relations Strategies and Tactics; Public Relations Writing; Techniques of Speaking; Telecom Regulation and Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $22,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Example Classes:
    Cultural Diversity in the Media; Introduction to Interactive Communications; Media Production Management; Multinational Public Relations; Professional Development in Public Relations; Public Relations and New Media: Content Creation and Management; Public Relations Case Studies, U.S. and Global; Strategic Communication Applications; The Law and the Media; Written Storytelling
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