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
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 180
COST PER CREDIT $371
How Do I Get Started?

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

Bachelor of Science in Communication Overview

As the U.S. economy continues to transition from goods-producing to service-providing employment, job candidates who have the ability to interact and communicate effectively with others will be at an advantage.*

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.

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

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

Courses Taught by Highly Respected Faculty

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

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

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
  • Management

Optional Internship

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

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, 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.

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 Credits33
  • Major Credits88
  • Elective Credits59
  • 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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, “Total payroll employment up 160,000; service-providing up 174,000; goods-producing down 3,000,” May 9, 2016; www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/total-payroll-employment-up-160000-service-providing-up-174000-goods-producing-down-3000.htm

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.