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Online Communication Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Register By: February 26 Classes Start: February 28

Earn Your Communications Degree

  • $320/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 of $61,310 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.

Learn how to:

  • Communicate – orally, visually and through the written word
  • Analyze and recommend strategies
  • Use communication tools to spread your messages
  • Think creatively and critically

You can also choose from career-focused concentrations to tailor your program more closely to your goals. Or, if you prefer to acquire a broad skill set, you can choose from a wide range of communication courses.

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.

Concentration Options

Communications 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 to clients and an agency team to ensure strategies are brought to life through marketing and advertising execution. With this degree, you can learn to become the link that ensures projects meet clients' needs.
  • Copywriter. Persuade and educate audiences to purchase your products or services by crafting messaging that highlights their benefits. An online communications degree can help you write copy that meets marketing strategies.
  • Journalist. From reporters to podcasters, the digital world has brought more opportunities to inform audiences and report the news. Your communication degree gives you insight into writing, distribution and ethics.
  • Social media specialist. Plan and execute the messages for your audience's favorite social platforms. With your degree, you'll learn ideas for increasing brand awareness and building relationships with your customers.

TaiJuan Carter with the text TaiJuan CarterThe median annual salary for media and communication occupations in May 2020 was $61,310, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.1

No 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.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Communications Degree

Courses & Curriculum

Courses in our communication degree online program can help you develop and hone your critical thinking, writing, research and analysis skills. As emerging technology continues to change the way we learn and communicate with each other, effective written and verbal skills will become more important than ever before.

Humberto Gurmilan in a suit with text: Humberto GurmilanThe flexibility of SNHU's online communications degree allows you to choose between selecting one of four job-specific concentrations or taking advanced courses in the areas that best serve your career goals.

The 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 not only have real-world experience in the industry - but are also committed to helping you earn your degree.

Karen Correll with the text Karen Correll"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," said Karen Correll '21.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • General education program: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • 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 for what you already know: 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.

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—and haven't raised our costs in a decade.

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 $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

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, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

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.

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