Communication

Bachelor of arts University of Missouri
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Overview

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. 

Quick facts

Official name

Bachelor of arts in communication

Campus

University of Missouri

Program type

Bachelor's degree

Academic home

College of Arts & Science | Department of Communication

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Freshman credit hours

120

Freshman estimated cost

$43,758.00

Transfer credit hours

60

Transfer estimated cost

$21,879.00

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

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Career prospects

Graduates tend to possess highly valued skills such as

  • Project management
  • Budgeting
  • Customer service
  • Teamwork and collaboration
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
4.94%
Employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
$60,000
Median salary

This degree may help you qualify for positions in

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

Program structure

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

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

Varies

Typical course load

Varies if full time or part time

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Cassandra Kearney

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.

Cassandra Kearney, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor
Christopher Josey

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.

Christopher Josey
Assistant Teaching Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Communication