• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Communication is critical in every organization and facet of life. With MUs online bachelor's program, you can gain skills necessary to become a communication expert and

  • Understand applied and theoretical approaches to media, social media and communication in interpersonal, organizational, community and political contexts;
  • Influence individual, organizational and public attitudes and behavior to achieve certain outcomes;
  • Experience a program that blends media, organizational and interpersonal communication issues in ways that reflect the reality of work in the field of communication.

No matter where you are in your career, a bachelor's degree in communication from Mizzou will help you stand out. Prepare to enter the workforce, change your career or advance your current position with MU. Our faculty and staff are active in conducting research that helps them provide a high-quality education to our students. Read more about some of our faculty's cutting-edge research.

Graduates tend to possess highly valued skills such as

  • Project management
  • Budgeting
  • Customer service
  • Teamwork and collaboration

This degree may help you qualify for positions in

  • Advertising
  • Copywriting
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Digital communication
  • Social media
  • Promotions
  • Public relations
  • Corporate communications

Program structure and topics

The online bachelor's in communication is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Online courses have varying lengths. The length of your program depends on how many credit hours you transfer and whether you study part time or full time.

Core course work covers

  • Crisis communication
  • Communication competencies for a diverse workplace
  • Media and society
  • Political communication
  • Persuasion theory
  • New technology and communication

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. If you have less than 24 hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply to the online bachelor of communication program as a freshman. If you have 24 or more credit hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply as a transfer student.
  2. For freshmen: Earned the minimum test score on the ACT or SAT. Completed 17 specific high school courses with good grades. For a list of test scores and high school courses, review the Freshman Admission Requirements: https://admissions.missouri.edu/apply-freshmen/admission-requirements/
  3. For transfer students: Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your college course work. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 79 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 195. Slightly different requirements apply if you transfer from within the UM System or already have an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited Missouri community college.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

July 15
November 15
April 15


  • .Required Courses (30 Credit Hours)
  • COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3 Credits
  • COMMUN 2100Media Communication in Society3 Credits
  • COMMUN 2500Survey of Communication Studies3 Credits
  • COMMUN 3460Organizational Advocacy3 Credits
  • COMMUN 3572Argument and Advocacy3 Credits
  • COMMUN 3575WBusiness and Professional Communication3 Credits
  • COMMUN 3580Crisis Communication3 Credits
  • COMMUN 4473Political Communication3 Credits

    Study of role and impact of communication in political campaigns; historical and contemporary study of influence by communication; case studies and practicum.

  • COMMUN 4474Theory and Research in Persuasion3 Credits

    Studies the persuasive process, attitude formation, modification.

  • COMMUN 4478Communication Competencies for a Diverse Workplace3 Credits
  • COMMUN 4638New Technologies and Communication3 Credits

    Explores the social implications of new technologies designed for communication. Assumes basic computer knowledge.

  • COMMUN 4940Internship3 Credits

    Directed professional experience within and outside the University in communication-related fields or organizations. Graded on S/U basis only.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $299.00
  • Fees: $57.33
  • Total: $356.33
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $897.00
  • Fees: $171.99
  • Total: $1068.99
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $382.40
  • Fees: $57.33
  • Total: $439.73
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1147.20
  • Fees: $171.99
  • Total: $1319.19
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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