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Online Communication Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Register By: January 06 Classes Start: January 08

Earn Your Communication Degree

  • $330/credit (120 total)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required
  • Gain workplace skills
  • 24/7 online access to the classroom
  • Median annual salary in 2021 of $62,340 for media and communication occupations1

Online Communication Degree Program Overview

Earn your Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication at Southern New Hampshire University, and open the door to possibility.

From journalism, social media and new media, to professional writing, public relations and advertising – as well as positions far beyond the traditional scope of communication roles – earning your online communications degree allows you to strategize and convey your ideas effectively.

Throughout the communication degree online program, you can gain the knowledge, competencies and confidence needed to be successful in a communication industry that’s rapidly changing. You’ll learn new practices and methodologies from experts while having the chance to work in a collaborative, hands-on environment.

At SNHU, you'll work toward your online communication degree over 8-week terms. With 24/7 login access, you'll have the freedom to learn new skills around your own schedule. In addition to being flexible, Southern New Hampshire University is affordable and accredited – and we're here to help take you places in your career. 

Get a Head Start on Your Master's

Another benefit to earning your communications degree online is that you have the option to choose up to 2 graduate-level communication courses and dually apply them to both your bachelor's and master's degrees. SNHU's online master's in communication provides advanced training in areas like public relations and new media.

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What You'll Learn

  • Verbal, visual and written communication skills
  • Branding
  • Global communication
  • Law and ethics
  • Presentation skills
  • Strategic storytelling 

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Concentration Options

When you pursue an online bachelor's degree in communication at SNHU, you can choose from one of four career-focused concentrations to tailor your degree more closely to your goals.

Communication Career Outlook

The online communication degree prepares you for a career in industries such as new media, advertising, professional writing, communication, broadcast and public relations. 

Career opportunities include:

Account Executive

Serve as a liaison between clients and an agency team to bring strategies to life through marketing and advertising execution.


Persuade and educate audiences to purchase products or services by crafting messaging that highlights their benefits.

Social Media Specialist

Plan and execute strategy and messaging for social media to increase brand awareness and build relationships.

TaiJuan Carter with the text TaiJuan CarterNo matter what career path you choose to take after graduation, one thing is certain - you'll be ready to start the next chapter in your career. The BA in Communication program provides students, like TaiJuan Carter '21, with a unique opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills employers look for through hands-on learning.

Cynthia Winston with the text Cynthia Winston"My SNHU degree... has prepared me for the various aspects of what the various companies and/or organizations are expecting and looking for. When comparing this to my colleagues, a variety of them have not had the hands-on experience that SNHU provides within their module-based learning," said Carter.

For Cynthia Winston '21, earning her degree changed her whole mindset.

"For the first time in my career, I feel like I fit," she said. "My manager wants me to work in areas that my degree would be beneficial, and I know what I want to do and where I want to land."

Read more about what you can do with a communication degree.

Job Growth and Salary

The communications field is a fast-paced environment. Because communication is intertwined with technology, it is constantly evolving.

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Job Growth

Those in media and communication occupations can continue to see growth in the industry – about 6% through 2031, which is as fast as average for all occupations.1

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The overall median salary in 2021 for media and communication occupations was $62,340. Salaries for specific areas include:1

  • Editors: $63,350
  • Public relations specialists: $62,800
  • Technical writers: $78,060

Understanding the numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors—like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Communication Degree

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SNHU Professors Love to Teach

Karen Correll '21

"Having professors that love what they teach and love to teach is the best way to learn and I feel grateful that I experienced both."

Courses & Curriculum

Courses in our communication degree online program can help you develop and hone your critical thinking, writing, research and analysis skills.

Humberto Gurmilan in a suit with text: Humberto GurmilanThe curriculum in our BA in Communication program – taught by experienced instructors such as Telemundo, NFL and MLB anchor Humberto Gurmilan – covers a wide range of topics, offering communication theory and industry-specific knowledge you can use to develop your ability to strategize and deliver effective messages.

"I pay more attention to how I communicate," said Cynthia Winston '21. "I need to be truthful, know my audience, be trustworthy and make sure people feel heard."

Throughout the program, you'll have the opportunity to learn from inspiring instructors who have real-world experience in the industry and are committed to helping you earn your degree.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

Communication Courses

Courses specific to this major may include Visual Communication and Design, Global Communication, Public Speaking and Presentation Skills, Social Media Strategy, Organizational Branding, and Strategic Storytelling.

General Education

All undergraduate students are required to take general education courses, which are part of SNHU's newly redesigned program, The Commons. The goal of The Commons' curriculum is to empower you with some of the most in-demand skills, so you can succeed not only in your academic career, but in your personal and professional life too.

Technology Resources

We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.

Earn Math Credits

Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $990 $330 $9,900
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $693 $231 $6,930

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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