2019 Most Affordable Master's in Public Relations Online

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Online master's degrees in public relations are offered at each of the affordable colleges on this list. Of the 19 schools, 11 have programs that cost under $15,000 per year. At only $8,730, Washington State University ranks #1 with the lowest tuition. Working adults can obtain an online Master of Arts in Communications Studies - Public Communication from #2-ranked Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for a moderate $10,224 per year. Or, they can choose from three different degree options at #6-ranked Liberty University.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in public relations degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Washington State University $8,730
#2 #2 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania $10,224
#3 #3 Ball State University $10,472
#4 #4 University of Maryland University College $11,862
#5 #5 Western New England University $11,880
#6 #6 Liberty University $12,995
#7 #7 Purdue University - Main Campus $13,521
#8 #8 Southern New Hampshire University Online $13,794
#9 #9 Webster University $14,040
#10 #10 University of Missouri $14,835
#11 #11 West Virginia University $14,960
#12 #12 Golden Gate University $15,225
#13 #13 University of Denver $16,464
#14 #14 Quinnipiac University $16,560
#15 #15 The George Washington University $18,900
#16 #16 California Baptist University $19,140
#17 #17 Georgetown University $20,175
#18 #18 Johns Hopkins University $20,435
#19 #19 Drexel University $29,095
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  • Annual Tuition: $8,730
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,238
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $10,224
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,341
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Social Process; Criticism of Mass Media; Persuasion and Propaganda; Political Communication; Rhetorical Theory and Criticism; Technology of Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $10,472
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,987
  • Example Classes:
    Public Relations Campaigns; Public Relations Case Studies; Public Relations Evaluation Techniques; Public Relations Theories and Applications; Studies in Journalism and Communication Research

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 13,310
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Communication Management; Global Public Relations; Public Relations Campaigns; Public Relations Techniques; Public Relations Theory and Practice; Public Relations Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $11,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,086
  • Example Classes:
    Manufacturing and Managing Public Opinion; Public Relations for NonProfits; Strategic Approaches to Public Relations; Strategies for Social and Digital Media; Writing for Communication Professionals
  • Annual Tuition: $12,995
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 28,706
  • Example Classes:
    Communication & Conflict; Communication in Sport; Ethical & Legal Issues in Marketing; History of Sport; Marketing Promotions; Media Technologies & Communication Strategies
  • Annual Tuition: $13,521
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 10,408
  • Example Classes:
    Persuasive Communication; Seminar in Crisis Communication; Seminar in Global Strategic Communication; Strategic Communication and Professional Writing; Strategic Communication and Social Media; Strategic Public Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $13,794
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 19,027
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $14,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 10,768
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,835
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,362
  • Example Classes:
    Changing Media Business Models; Communication in Media Organizations; Media Ethics; Principles and Tools in Strategic Communication Planning; Strategic Communication Research
  • Annual Tuition: $14,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,138
  • Example Classes:
    Content Marketing; Digital Storytelling; Entrepreneurship in IMC; Internal Brand Communication; Visual Information Design; Web Metrics & SEO
  • Annual Tuition: $15,225
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,211
  • Example Classes:
    Managing Public Issues: Consumer Affairs and Government Relations; Media Relations and the Professional Spokesperson; Writing for Public Relations and Marketing Communications
  • Annual Tuition: $16,464
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,860
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Marketing Communication; Dimensions of Reputation Management; Public Relations Principles and Process; Public Relations Research and Measurement; Public Relations Writing and Tactics
  • Annual Tuition: $16,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,801
  • Example Classes:
    Branding Strategies; Crisis Management; Investor Relations; Measurement and Evaluation; Social Media Analytics; Social Media Practice and Techniques
  • Annual Tuition: $18,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 31,310
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis and Issues Management; Ethical Standards in Public Relations and Public Affairs; Media Relations in a Digital World; Public Opinion and Political Socialization; Sustainability Communication Strategies

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  • Annual Tuition: $19,140
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,220
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $20,175
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 11,072
  • Example Classes:
    Communications Research; Conversations in Ethics; Elements of Communications Planning; Public Relations Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $20,435
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 35,750
  • Example Classes:
    Political Campaigns and the Media; Politics and the Media; The 2016 Election: Campaigning, Communicating, and Winning; The Political and Social Media Revolutions; Understanding The Media: Old and New
  • Annual Tuition: $29,095
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,680
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Publishing; Ethics for Public Communication; Event Planning; New Technologies In Communication; Public Relations Campaign Planning; Public Relations Research, Measurement and Evaluation
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