Top 20 Online Communications Degree Programs

The online communication degree has long been a popular program delivered via distance learning. According to U.S. News and World Report, Communication is among the 10 most popular majors in the United States.

Communications degrees are generally associated with journalism, reporting, broadcasting and other media outlets. Careers for communications majors span a wide variety of industries including marketing, advertising, and public relations. Communications graduates also face a lower unemployment rate than most other majors.

Ranking Factors

General Criteria

  • Offer a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Is a public or private not-for-profit college
  • Offer at least one fully online bachelor’s communications degree program

Scoring Metrics

  • Net Price
  • Percent of students receiving financial aid
  • Retention rate
  • 6-year graduation rate
  • Student-faculty ratio


  • NCES – primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. Provides consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends.
  • IPEDS – primary federal source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational post-secondary schools in the U.S.

The following colleges have been recognized for being among the top for online communications programs for the 2017-2018 academic year.



University of Louisville

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication

The University of Louisville tops the 2017-2018 Best Online Communications Degree Programs with their outstanding program. The major requirements for these degrees can be completed in as little as two years. The programs are based on research and coursework and emphasize multiple facets of contexts and perspectives within the field of communication. This school also has a strong on-campus communications Masters degree program. The University of Louisville is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Net Price: $14,635
Financial Aid: 97%
Retention Rate: 81%
Graduation Rate: 54%
Student-Teacher Ratio: 12:1



University of Florida

College of Journalism and Communications


  • Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Media & Society
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Sciences And Disorders
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication – Web Design And Online Communication
  • Master Arts in Mass Communication – Social Media
  • Master of Science in Electrical And Computer Engineering – Communications
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication – Global Strategic Communications
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Education And Communication
  • Master of Science in Industrial And Systems Engineering – Communication Systems Engineering

The University of Florida offers the best online communications masters degree program in the nation. This school holds multiple rankings in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best” rankings including the #11 spot for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. UFLs B.S. in Telecommunication Media & Society is one of the schools most prominent communications degrees, wherein students study both traditional and digital media and their effect on society. The University of Florida’s communications programs are recognized by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

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Net Price: $14,786
Financial Aid: 96%
Retention Rate: 96%
Graduation Rate: 88%
Student-Teacher Ratio: 21:1



Valley City State University

Communications Arts Department

  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication – Corporate
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Communication – Corporate

Valley City State University offers both a B.A. and a B.S. in Professional Communication-