2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Public Relations

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The 10 schools on this list offer the most affordable online master's degrees in public relations, with eight schools offering tuition rates under $15,000 per year. In the #1 spot, Montana State University-Billings, offers a Master of Science in Public Relations for $7,849 per year. At #5, Olivet Nazarene University offers an MBA with a concentration in corporate communications and media strategy at an annual rate of $12,150.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Montana State University-Billings Annual Tuition $7,849
#2 #2 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $11,286
#3 #3 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,645
#4 #4 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $11,862
#5 #5 Olivet Nazarene University Annual Tuition $12,150
#6 #6 Liberty University Annual Tuition $12,995
#7 #7 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $13,852
#8 #8 Webster University Annual Tuition $14,040
#9 #9 Western New England University Annual Tuition $18,456
#10 #10 California Baptist University Annual Tuition $19,140
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,849
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 395
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising, Media, and Culture; Communicating Online; Exploring Communication Studies; History & Theory of Persuasion; Issues in Organizational Communication; Media Criticism
  • Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 17,454
  • 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: $11,645
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,097
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising and Promotion; Communication Ethics; Crisis Communication & Organizational Image; Issues in Media Law & Ethics; Narrative Concept and Development; Producing News, Information, Entertainment
  • Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 12,893
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Communication Management; Global Public Relations; Public Relations Campaigns; Public Relations Techniques; Public Relations Theory and Practice; Public Relations Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,489
  • Example Classes:
    Marketing and Brand Management; Public Relations Campaigns; Public Relations Research; Writing for News and Public Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $12,995
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 30,631
  • Example Classes:
    Communication & Conflict; Ethical & Legal Issues in Marketing; Marketing Promotions; Media Technologies & Communication Strategies; Strategic Communication Campaigns for the Digital Age; Strategic Marketing Management
  • Annual Tuition: $13,852
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,633
  • Example Classes:
    Changing Media Business Models; Communication in Media Organizations; Media Ethics; Principles and Tools in Strategic Communication Planning; Strategic Communication Research
  • Annual Tuition: $14,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 11,996
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $18,456
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,179
  • 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: $19,140
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,911
  • 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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