Online Bachelor of Science in Communication

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Program at a Glance
  • Prepare for entry-level employment in a variety of fields including advertising, marketing, organizational communications, public relations, or management.
  • Choose electives aligned with your career interests such as technical communication, leadership, sales, entrepreneurship, public relations, and human resources.
  • Shorten your path to a master's degree with the accelerated bachelor's to master's option.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Bachelor of Science in Communication Overview

Strong written and verbal communication skills are among the top qualities that employers look for in recent college graduates.*

The bachelor's degree in communication curriculum covers the fundamentals as well as relevant topics for today's world, including conflict management, persuasion, diversity, and digital media.

Learn from faculty with real-world experience. Our curriculum is vetted by leading and experienced professionals, so you learn the latest skills and practices. Coursework emphasizes:

  • Writing and speaking skills, group dynamics, team building, and resolving complex issues that arise in the workplace
  • Planning and developing dynamic, interactive multimedia presentations
  • Understanding the effects of technology, government and industry regulation, and legal and ethical issues in communication
  • Using new media and software applications most frequently used in business, institutional, and home environments

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, educational psychology, human services, legal studies, or psychology while you earn your Bachelor of Science in Communication. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Optional Internship

Gain real-world experience with an internship while you earn your online communication degree.

Military Transfer Credit

Servicemembers and veterans can earn a degree faster with our PME2Degree® program. Use our Military Transfer Credit Estimator to see how much of your training counts as credit.


Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

What Can I Do With a Communications Degree?

This program is designed to prepare you to enter fields such as advertising, marketing, organizational communication, public relations, publishing, human resources, law, criminal justice, politics and public administration, ministry, social services, opinion and market research, fundraising, civil service, international business, and management.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Social Perceptiveness
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Writing

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Courses combine both theory and application, enabling you to gain a critical understanding of social issues, new media, and effective writing and speaking skills.

In your first course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your degree plan with a faculty member to align your degree path with your career outcomes.

Sample Courses
  • Mass Media and Broadcasting
  • Public Speaking for the Professional
  • Tools for the Digital Age
  • Organizational Communication
  • Technical Communication
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits45
  • Major Credits78
  • Elective Credits57
  • Total Credits180

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 450,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Communication and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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*Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, "Key Attributes Employers Want to See on Students' Resumes," January 13, 2020,