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Take your education

to the next level

Every message matters. Effective communication is vital to organizations in all industries, and skilled communicators are needed in countless contexts. With the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) bachelor of arts in communication and undergraduate certificate in health communication, you get to choose your path, discover your niche and work toward distinct career goals. No matter what your passion in the communication field is, UMSL provides the tools needed to build a meaningful, sustaining career.

What would a degree or certificate in communication mean to you? Within this sphere of study, you can accomplish a myriad of objectives. Design impactful, strategic messages; explore audience interactions with media; sharpen your awareness of self and others. These are only a few of the efforts you can pursue when you study communication with UMSL, and the opportunities for growth and discovery are boundless.

A general communication degree is offered, as well as two optional emphasis areas—interpersonal communication and mass communication or strategic communication.

Choose your path

Communication (BA)

Bachelor of arts in communication

The core curriculum provides a strong foundation in theory and research, helping students learn how to craft engaging messages whether the intent is to inform, influence or entertain.

Interpersonal communication (BA)

Bachelor of arts in communication with an emphasis in interpersonal communication

Students accomplish the ability to communicate meaningfully with colleagues, clients and loved ones in a variety of settings.

Mass communication (BA)

Bachelor of arts in communication with an emphasis in mass communication

Courses address business strategies behind various forms of mass communication, how they are created and how they affect individuals and society.

Strategic communication (BA)

Bachelor of arts in communication with an emphasis in strategic communication

Focus on tactics for delivering messages to the public, incorporating elements from public relations, advertising, health and organizational communication.

Quick facts


A career-focused education at an incredible value. Domestic undergraduate and graduate student students in an online UMSL program listed on this site pay in-state tuition regardless of residency.


More than 94% of UMSL’s most recent graduates are employed, volunteering or continuing in higher education post-graduation.


Our communication faculty have been teaching online for more than 15 years and the curriculum is always current.


Course work is 100% online: no campus visits required. A flexible, interactive experience that fits into your busy life.


UMSL boasts the largest alumni network in the St. Louis region, including more than 75,000 graduates who live and work in the area.

How to apply

If you have less than 24 hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply to the online bachelor’s in 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.

If you are interested in pursuing the undergraduate certificate in health communication as a standalone certificate, you will apply as a nondegree-seeking student. Nondegree-seeking students who later wish to become degree-seeking must meet the minimum transfer student requirements of 24 transferable, college-credit hours at a minimum 2.3 GPA. Students may not switch from nondegree-seeking to degree-seeking after the first four weeks of the semester.

  • 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.
  • For transfer students:
    • Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 in your transfer college course work.
    • Review additional Transfer Admission Requirements.

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

  • To start classes in August, apply by the beginning of July.
  • To start classes in mid-October, apply by the beginning of September.
  • To start classes in January, apply by the beginning of December.
  • To start classes in mid-March, apply by the beginning of February.
  • To start classes in summer (multiple sessions), apply by the beginning of April.

In the online application, you will need to supply:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Citizenship, residency and visa information (if applicable)
  • Names and locations of previous college or high school and dates you attended

If you are applying as a transfer student, you also will need to contact all your previous colleges or universities to request they send your official transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
University of Missouri-St. Louis
351 Millennium Student Center
1 University Blvd.

Take your

next step

Are you ready to take the next step and earn your bachelor’s in communication or undergraduate certificate in health communication from UMSL?

Apply now