2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Public Relations Programs

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

All 21 of these colleges and universities offer affordable online master's in public relations programs. Stephen F. Austin State University, the #1 option, charges only $6,060 per year. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, ranked #2, has an annual tuition rate of $6,511 for their MA in Mass Communication - Strategic Communication/Public Relations, offering classes such as News Media and the First Amendment, PR for 21st Century Non-Profits, and Public Relations Cases.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Stephen F. Austin State University $6,060
# 2 #2 University of Arkansas at Little Rock $6,511
# 3 #3 Murray State University $8,704
# 4 #4 Washington State University $8,925
# 5 #5 University of Florida $9,457
# 7 #7 Ball State University $11,067
# 8 #8 Purdue University - Main Campus $11,268
# 9 #9 Southern New Hampshire University Online $11,286
# 10 #10 University of Missouri $13,769
# 11 #11 Webster University $14,040
# 12 #12 Northeastern University $16,698
# 13 #13 Liberty University $18,080
# 14 #14 Western New England University $19,584
# 15 #15 The George Washington University $19,725
# 16 #16 Georgetown University $20,880
# 17 #17 Lasell College $21,600
# 18 #18 Montana State University-Billings $22,720
# 19 #19 University of Denver $22,816
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,040
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 574
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Advertising and Public Relations (Media Project Option)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Advertising and Public Relations (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Advertising and Public Relations (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Resource Communications (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Resource Communications (Thesis Option)
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $6,511
Annual Tuition: $6,511
Annual Tuition: $6,511
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,676
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 757
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Mass Communication - Mass Media Research
  • MA in Mass Communication - Professional Mass Media - Multi-Platform Journalism
  • MA in Mass Communication - Professional Mass Media - Strategic Communication/Public Relations
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $8,704
Annual Tuition: $8,704
Annual Tuition: $8,704
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 1035 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 705
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 548
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Public Relations
  • Master of Science in Mass Communication - Public Relations
  • Communications and Public Relations Business Programs
  • Master of Science in Mass Communications - Public Relations
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • 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: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
#5
#5

University of Florida

Gainesville (FL)
Annual Tuition: $9,457
Annual Tuition: $9,457
Annual Tuition: $9,457
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Average SATs: 1310 -1470
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,029
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,401
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Concentration in Audience Analytics
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Concentration in Public Interest Communication
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Concentration in Public Relations
#7
#7

Ball State University

Muncie (IN)
Annual Tuition: $11,067
Annual Tuition: $11,067
Annual Tuition: $11,067
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 759
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,320
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Public Relations
#8
#8

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette (IN)
Annual Tuition: $11,268
Annual Tuition: $11,268
Annual Tuition: $11,268
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 65%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Average SATs: 1190 -1440
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 511
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,220
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Communication - Strategic Communication/Public Relations
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 86,849
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,526
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Communication - Public Relations
#10
#10

University of Missouri

Columbia (MO)
Annual Tuition: $13,769
Annual Tuition: $13,769
Annual Tuition: $13,769
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 835
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,423
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Journalism - Emphasis in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Public Affairs - Specialization in Nonprofit Management
  • Master of Public Affairs - Specialization in Public Management
  • Master of Public Affairs - Specialization in Public Policy
#11
#11

Webster University

St. Louis (MO)
Annual Tuition: $14,040
Annual Tuition: $14,040
Annual Tuition: $14,040
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 303
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,530
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Public Relations
#12
#12

Northeastern University

Burlington (MA)
Annual Tuition: $16,698
Annual Tuition: $16,698
Annual Tuition: $16,698
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 89%
  • Acceptance Rate: 27%
  • Average SATs: 1390 -1540
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 26
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 183
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication - Public and Media Relations
#13
#13

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $18,080
Annual Tuition: $18,080
Annual Tuition: $18,080
  • 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: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS: Marketing - Public Relations
  • MBA: Public Relations
  • MS: Healthcare Administration: Public Relations
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $19,584
Annual Tuition: $19,584
Annual Tuition: $19,584
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 12
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 27
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication - Public Relations
  • Master of Business Administration in Public Relations
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $19,725
Annual Tuition: $19,725
Annual Tuition: $19,725
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Acceptance Rate: 41%
  • Average SATs: 1280 -1470
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,442
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,536
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Public Relations
#16
#16

Georgetown University

Washington D.C.
Annual Tuition: $20,880
Annual Tuition: $20,880
Annual Tuition: $20,880
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 55%
  • Graduation Rate: 95%
  • Acceptance Rate: 16%
  • Average SATs: 1380 -1550
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 11
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,376
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations & Corporate Communications
#17
#17

Lasell College

Newton (MA)
Annual Tuition: $21,600
Annual Tuition: $21,600
Annual Tuition: $21,600
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 22
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 286
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Communication - Concentration in Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
  • Master of Science in Communication - Concentration in Public Relations
  • Master of Science in Communication - Concentration in Public Speaking
  • Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $22,720
Annual Tuition: $22,720
Annual Tuition: $22,720
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,035
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 202
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Public Relations
#19
#19

University of Denver

Denver (CO)
Annual Tuition: $22,816
Annual Tuition: $22,816
Annual Tuition: $22,816
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 77%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1350
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 144
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,407
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication Management - Concentration in Public Relations

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