Deliver effective messages

Quick facts

  • Program type: Bachelor’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Arts and Science | Department of Communication
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Total credit hours: 120
  • Typical transfer student needs: 60 credit hours
  • Typical program cost: $21,879.00*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How an online communication bachelor’s degree can help you

Communication is critical in every organization and facet of life. With MU’s 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 desired 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 communication research that helps them provide a high-quality education to our students. Read more about some of our faculty’s cutting-edge research.

Career prospects

Employment growth1
Salary increase2

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers

2 Median earnings and unemployment rates of full-time wage and salary workers with bachelor’s degrees compared to those with some college but no degree. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (2015)

Graduates tend to possess highly valued skills such as

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

Source: Burning Glass Technologies. 2019.

This degree may help you qualify for positions in

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

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
  • Organizational communication

Meet our faculty

Cassandra Kearney

Assistant Teaching Professor

Dr. Kearney’s research focuses on issues of communication and violence. She is investigating how various publics come to understand and cope with mass shootings. Her line of research is committed to revealing patterns of response and reporting following mass attacks in an effort to more clearly understand how to address future incidents of mass violence.

Christopher Josey

Assistant Teaching Professor

Dr. Josey’s primary area of research resides at the intersection of new technology, media effects and media stereotyping. His work examines how persons of color are framed stereotypically in Internet news and the effects that such portrayals have on media consumers.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Communication.