Communication is critical in every organization and facet of life. With MUs online bachelors 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 bachelors 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 facultys cutting-edge research.
Graduates tend to possess highly valued skills such as
- Project management
- Customer service
- Teamwork and collaboration
This degree may help you qualify for positions in
- Digital communication
- Social media
- Public relations
- Corporate communications
Program structure and topics
The online bachelors 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
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
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.
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/
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 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. 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.
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.
- July 15
- November 15
- April 15
Principles, process of speech communication in small group and public speaking situations.
An introduction to the development and impact of media communications and its technologies on American society. Emphasis on contemporary industry developments, their historical antecedents, as well as contemporary issues related to the influence and impact of media communication on society.
A survey of four main areas of the field communication, interpersonal, organizational, political, and mass communication.
Theory and analysis of communication to promote organizational culture and image.
Critical analysis and production of argument emphasizing evidence, reasoning, and refutation.
The theory and practice of corporate and political communication responses to crisis situations.
Study of role and impact of communication in political campaigns; historical and contemporary study of influence by communication; case studies and practicum.
Studies the persuasive process, attitude formation, modification.
Explores the social implications of new technologies designed for communication. Assumes basic computer knowledge.
Directed professional experience within and outside the University in communication-related fields or organizations. Graded on S/U basis only.
Missouri Resident Fee Rates
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $284.80
- Fees: $54.57
- Total: $339.37
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $854.40
- Fees: $163.71
- Total: $1018.11
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $366.58
- Fees: $54.57
- Total: $421.15
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1099.74
- Fees: $163.71
- Total: $1263.45
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.