2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Communications

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
2020 Most Affordable Communications Masters Degrees Badge
By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

All 25 of these colleges and universities offer affordable online master's in communications programs. Ranked #1, Fitchburg State University charges here, and the cost per credit, which is $235.00, and found here">$4,230 per year for their Master of Science in Applied Communication - Social Media. Available courses include Intercultural Communication Competence, New and Emerging Media, and Visual Communication and Design. Second-ranked Fort Hays State University is a similarly affordable option, with an annual tuition of only here, and the cost per credit, which is $287.75, and found here">$4,604.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Fitchburg State University $4,230
# 2 #2 Fort Hays State University $4,604
# 3 #3 Missouri State University $4,720
# 4 #4 Eastern Illinois University $5,210
# 5 #5 Texas Tech University $5,295
# 6 #6 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus $5,838
# 7 #7 University of Central Missouri $5,854
# 8 #8 Stephen F. Austin State University $6,060
# 9 #9 University of Alabama $6,300
# 10 #10 University of Arkansas at Little Rock $6,511
# 11 #11 Minnesota State University at Mankato $7,266
# 12 #12 Southern Utah University $7,292
# 13 #13 Spalding University $7,310
# 14 #14 Troy University $7,410
# 15 #15 South Dakota State University $7,452
# 16 (tie) #16 (tie) University of Kansas $7,500
# 16 (tie) #16 (tie) University of Louisiana-Monroe $7,500
# 18 #18 Tiffin University $7,875
# 19 #19 Washburn University $7,935
# 20 #20 The University of Findlay $8,025
# 21 #21 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania $8,520
# 22 #22 Morehead State University $8,550
# 23 #23 Kansas State University $8,613
# 24 #24 Murray State University $8,704
# 25 #25 Wilmington University $8,784
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $4,230
Annual Tuition: $4,230
Annual Tuition: $4,230
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 385
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,402
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

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  • Phone #: (978) 345-2151
  • Example Classes: Integrated Social Media, Intercultural Communication Competence, New and Emerging Media, Social Media Marketing, Social Mobilities, Visual Communication and Design

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Applied Communication
    • Master of Science in Applied Communication - Concentration in Social Media
    #2
    #2
    Annual Tuition: $4,604
    Annual Tuition: $4,604
    Annual Tuition: $4,604
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
    • Graduation Rate: 43%
    • Acceptance Rate: 89%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000
  • Example Classes: Corporate Communication, Managerial Communication, Managerial Reports & Presentations, Problems in Business Communication

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Business Administration - Corporate Communication
    • Master of Liberal Studies - Corporate Communications
    #3
    #3

    Missouri State University

    Springfield (MO)
    Annual Tuition: $4,720
    Annual Tuition: $4,720
    Annual Tuition: $4,720
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
    • Graduation Rate: 56%
    • Acceptance Rate: 84%
    • Average SATs: 1040 -1240
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,048
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,332
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (417) 836-5000
  • Example Classes: Applied Communication Research Methods, Quantitative Analysis in Communication Research, Rhetorical Analysis in Communication Research, Theory and Research in Communication

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Professional Studies - Applied Communication
    #4
    #4

    Eastern Illinois University

    Charleston (IL)
    Annual Tuition: $5,210
    Annual Tuition: $5,210
    Annual Tuition: $5,210
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 53%
    • Acceptance Rate: 52%
    • Average SATs: 940 -1130
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 562
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 524
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 581-5000
  • Example Classes: Communication Pedagogy, Digital Communication, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group and Team Communication, Social Interaction

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Communication Studies - Communication and Leadership
    #5
    #5

    Texas Tech University

    Lubbock (TX)
    Annual Tuition: $5,295
    Annual Tuition: $5,295
    Annual Tuition: $5,295
    • Online Degrees: 8
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 78%
    • Graduation Rate: 61%
    • Acceptance Rate: 69%
    • Average SATs: 1070 -1260
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,931
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,811
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

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  • Phone #: (806) 742-2011
  • Example Classes: Discourse and Technology, Document Design, Ethics in Technical Communication, Foundations of Technical Communication, History of Rhetoric, Online Publishing, Written Discourse and Social Issues

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Agricultural Communications

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Agricultural Communications
    • Master of Arts in Communication Studies
    • Master of Arts in Mass Communication
    • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Innovation
    • Master of Arts in Technical Communication
    • Master of Science in Agricultural Communications
    #6
    #6
    Annual Tuition: $5,838
    Annual Tuition: $5,838
    Annual Tuition: $5,838
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
    • Graduation Rate: 36%
    • Acceptance Rate: 60%
    • Average SATs: 900 -1110
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,514
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 917
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (575) 562-1011
  • Example Classes: Communication and Social Change, Communication Research Methods, Directing for Television, Mass Media and Society, Race, National Identity and Media, Rhetoric and Popular Culture

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Communication (Non-Thesis)
    • Master of Arts in Communication (Thesis)
    #7
    #7
    Annual Tuition: $5,854
    Annual Tuition: $5,854
    Annual Tuition: $5,854
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
    • Graduation Rate: 51%
    • Acceptance Rate: 84%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 449
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 728
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (660) 543-4111
  • Example Classes: Advanced Organizational Communication, Communication and Crisis in Organizations, International Communication: Global Marketing & PR, MA International Communication: Global Marketing & PR, MA Social Influence, Social Influence, Strategic Communication Audits

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Communication
    • Master of Arts in Communication - Applied Communication
    #8
    #8
    Annual Tuition: $6,060
    Annual Tuition: $6,060
    Annual Tuition: $6,060
    • Online Degrees: 14
    • 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: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 468-2011
  • Example Classes: International Media, Management Problems in Media, Media & Politics, Media & Society, Media Law & Ethics, Media Sales

    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 Arts in Mass Communication - Broadcasting (Media Project Option)
    • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Broadcasting (Non-Thesis)
    • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Broadcasting (Thesis Option)
    #9
    #9

    University of Alabama

    Tuscaloosa (AL)
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    • Online Degrees: 5
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
    • Graduation Rate: 71%
    • Acceptance Rate: 53%
    • Average SATs: 1080 -1340
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,856
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,659
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (205) 348-6010
  • Example Classes: Communication and Culture, Conflict and Negotiation, Group Leadership, Organizational and Interpersonal Communication, Qualitative Research Methods in Communication, Rhetoric and Political Discourse

    Online Master's Degrees

    • MA in Advertising and Public Relations - Marketing Communication Management
    • MA in Communication Studies
    • MA in Communication Studies - Organizational Leadership (Academic Option)
    • MA in Communication Studies - Organizational Leadership (Professional Option)
    • MA in Journalism
    #10
    #10
    Annual Tuition: $6,511
    Annual Tuition: $6,511
    Annual Tuition: $6,511
    • Online Degrees: 7
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 43%
    • Acceptance Rate: 75%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,676
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 757
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (501) 569-3000
  • Example Classes: Ethnic and Alternative Media in America, Images of Minorities in the Media, Internet Policy and Regulation, Journalistic Freedom and Responsibility, News Media and the First Amendment, The Press and Propaganda

    Online Master's Degrees

    • MA in Mass Communication
    • 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
    • MA in Professional and Technical Writing
    • MA in Professional and Technical Writing - Nonfiction
    #11
    #11
    Annual Tuition: $7,266
    Annual Tuition: $7,266
    Annual Tuition: $7,266
    • Online Degrees: 4
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 50%
    • Acceptance Rate: 61%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 662
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 561
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (507) 389-1866
  • Example Classes: Communication for Professionals, Communication Pedagogy, Communication Training and Development, Conflict Management, Gender and Communication, Modern Rhetorical Criticism, Organizational Communication, Persuasive Writing Public Issues, Topics in Rhetoric & Culture

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Technical Communication
    • Master of Science in Communication and Composition
    • Master of Science in Communication Studies
    • Master of Science in Cross-Disciplinary Studies
    #12
    #12

    Southern Utah University

    Cedar City (UT)
    Annual Tuition: $7,292
    Annual Tuition: $7,292
    Annual Tuition: $7,292
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 44%
    • Acceptance Rate: 76%
    • Average SATs: 1020 -1240
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 730
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 497
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NWCCU
  • Phone #: (435) 586-7700
  • Example Classes: Advertising & Public Relations Strategies, Communication & Digital Culture, Mediated Communication in Relationships, Professional Social Media, Professional Writing and Presentations, Visual Literacy & Application

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Professional Communication
    • Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Professional Communication Learning Block
    #13
    #13

    Spalding University

    Louisville (KY)
    Annual Tuition: $7,310
    Annual Tuition: $7,310
    Annual Tuition: $7,310
    • Online Degrees: 6
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
    • Graduation Rate: 40%
    • Acceptance Rate: 59%
    • Average SATs: 930 -1150
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 90
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 44
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (502) 585-9911
  • Example Classes: Data Visualization and Storytelling, Ethics and Business Decision Making, Integrated Marketing Communication, Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace, Organizational Development and Change, Strategic Planning and Implementation

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Business Communication
    • Master of Science in Business Communication - Accounting
    • Master of Science in Business Communication - Healthcare Management
    • Master of Science in Business Communication - Human Resource Management
    • Master of Science in Business Communication - Organizational Leadership
    • Master of Science in Business Communication - Sports Management
    #14
    #14

    Troy University

    Troy (AL)
    Annual Tuition: $7,410
    Annual Tuition: $7,410
    Annual Tuition: $7,410
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
    • Graduation Rate: 47%
    • Acceptance Rate: 88%
    • Average SATs: 930 -1090
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,633
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,088
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 670-3100
  • Example Classes: Communication and Influence, Communication Law and Ethics, Leadership and Media Strategies, Public Relations and Strategic Communication, Strategic Communication & Emerging Media, Strategic Organizational Communication

    Online Master's Degrees

    • MS in Strategic Communication
    #15
    #15
    Annual Tuition: $7,452
    Annual Tuition: $7,452
    Annual Tuition: $7,452
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
    • Graduation Rate: 56%
    • Acceptance Rate: 91%
    • Average SATs: 1050 -1260
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,221
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 314
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 952-3541
  • Example Classes: Cross-Platform Campaigns, Cross-Platform Storytelling, Health Journalism, International Media, Mass Communications Teaching Methods, Media Administration and Management, Media Law Case Studies, Women in Media

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Mass Communication
    #16
    #16

    University of Kansas

    Lawrence (KS)
    Annual Tuition: $7,500
    Annual Tuition: $7,500
    Annual Tuition: $7,500
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
    • Graduation Rate: 66%
    • Acceptance Rate: 93%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 600
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,382
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 864-2700
  • Example Classes: Analyzing Audiences, Information in Context, Social Media Metrics

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Digital Content Strategy
    #16
    #16
    Annual Tuition: $7,500
    Annual Tuition: $7,500
    Annual Tuition: $7,500
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
    • Graduation Rate: 47%
    • Acceptance Rate: 75%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 899
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 939
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (318) 342-1000
  • Example Classes: Mass Communications Theories, Proseminar in Communication, Quantitative Research Methods

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
    #18
    #18

    Tiffin University

    Tiffin (OH)
    Annual Tuition: $7,875
    Annual Tuition: $7,875
    Annual Tuition: $7,875
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 39%
    • Acceptance Rate: 69%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 420
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 613
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 968-6446
  • Example Classes: Cyber Cultures and Issues in Cyberspace, Documentary Film, Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion, New Media, Philosophy of Communication, Politics and the News, Transmedia Storytelling

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Humanities in Communication
    #19
    #19

    Washburn University

    Topeka (KS)
    Annual Tuition: $7,935
    Annual Tuition: $7,935
    Annual Tuition: $7,935
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
    • Graduation Rate: 45%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 474
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 199
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 670-1010
  • Example Classes: Leadership and Resource Stewardship, Organizational Improvement and Innovation, Persuasion, Self and Systems Leadership, Seminar in Strategic Management Communications, Team Communication in Organizations

    Online Master's Degrees

    • MA in Communication and Leadership
    #20
    #20
    Annual Tuition: $8,025
    Annual Tuition: $8,025
    Annual Tuition: $8,025
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 65%
    • Acceptance Rate: 75%
    • Average SATs: 1040 -1262
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 102
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 474
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (419) 422-8313
  • Example Classes: Communication Research Methods, Digital Media and Communication, Organizational Communication and Culture, Presentational Speaking, Strategic Communication, Topics in Identity Management

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Professional Communication
    #21
    #21
    Annual Tuition: $8,520
    Annual Tuition: $8,520
    Annual Tuition: $8,520
    • Online Degrees: 3
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
    • Graduation Rate: 44%
    • Acceptance Rate: 93%
    • Average SATs: 970 -1160
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 53
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 905
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">MSCHE
  • Phone #: (814) 732-2000
  • Example Classes: Crisis Management, Integrated Marketing Communication, Managerial and Leadership Communication, Organizational Communication

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Communication Studies
    • Master of Arts in Communication Studies - Emphasis in Integrated Marketing Communication
    • Master of Arts in Communication Studies - Emphasis in Managerial and Leadership Communication
    #22
    #22
    Annual Tuition: $8,550
    Annual Tuition: $8,550
    Annual Tuition: $8,550
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 46%
    • Acceptance Rate: 80%
    • Average SATs: 948 -1223
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 724
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 587
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 783-2000
  • Example Classes: Advanced Public Speaking, American Popular Culture and Communication Technology, Bibliographic Research and Writing, Communication Theory, Crisis Communication, Qualitative Research Methods

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Communication
    • Master of Public Administration - Concentration in Public Affairs Communication
    #23
    #23

    Kansas State University

    Manhattan (KS)
    Annual Tuition: $8,613
    Annual Tuition: $8,613
    Annual Tuition: $8,613
    • Online Degrees: 3
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 65%
    • Acceptance Rate: 94%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 961
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,425
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 532-6011
  • Example Classes: Environmental Communications, Issues, Risk and Reputation, Mass Communication Law, Professional Journalism Practicum, Seminar in Issues of the Media, Strategic Health Communication

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Agricultural Education and Communication
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering - Communication and Networking
    • Master of Science in Mass Communications
    #24
    #24
    Annual Tuition: $8,704
    Annual Tuition: $8,704
    Annual Tuition: $8,704
    • Online Degrees: 9
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
    • Graduation Rate: 55%
    • Acceptance Rate: 87%
    • Average SATs: 1035 -1250
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 705
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 548
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (270) 809-3011
  • Example Classes: Communication in Instructional Environments, Communication Technology in Organizations, Foundations of Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication at Work, Research Methods in Organizational Communication

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Mass Communication
    • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Public Relations
    • Master of Arts in Organizational Communication
    • Master of Business Administration - Global Communications
    • Master of Science in Mass Communication
    • Master of Science in Mass Communication - Public Relations
    #25
    #25

    Wilmington University

    New Castle (DE)
    Annual Tuition: $8,784
    Annual Tuition: $8,784
    Annual Tuition: $8,784
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 63%
    • Graduation Rate: 21%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,064
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,291
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">MSCHE
  • Phone #: (877) 967-5464
  • Example Classes: Communication Analytics, Communication Writing, Global Marketing Management, Multi-Media Communication

    Online Master's Degrees

    • MBA in Business Communication
    • MS in Management - Business Communication

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