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  • Online Bachelor’s Degree in Communication

    All organizations - both profit and non-profit - need strong communicators. Successful professionals in this field rise to senior level management, participate in major decisions, and play an integral role in how an organization is publicly represented.

    A communication specialist may be called on to perform a number of duties including:

    • Devising impactful ways to introduce a new brand or product
    • Planning a national or international conference
    • Managing a company’s social media presence and initiatives
    • Coordinating special events, press conferences, and media plans

    Drexel’s online Bachelor’s Degree in Communication program prepares you for a wide variety of roles in the field of communication. You will take coursework that emphasizes communication theory and methods with the option of completing a concentration in Public Relations or General Communication, where you will learn about journalism, public relations, and technical communication.

    Bachelor’s in Communication Program Features

    • Drexel’s online communication degree provides the skills and knowledge to package a message in a variety of formats and for any audience
    • You’ll gain broad theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience as you strengthen your sensitivity to different experiences and viewpoints, preparing you to succeed in a culturally diverse world where ideas and technology are constantly changing
    • Courses are taught by renowned and internationally-recognized faculty
    • You can transfer up to 135 quarter credits (90 semester credits) from any regionally accredited institution of higher learning, as long as you received a grade of C or better

    What is a Bachelor’s in Communication with a General Concentration?

    The General Communication concentration is designed for those who are interested in studying the art of communication but unsure of their career goals. You will have more flexibility and options within the general communications major — with courses covering topics such as public relations, social media, journalism, and technical communication. This program allows you to explore and develop your own interests through a variety of electives while earning your communication degree online.

    What is a Bachelor’s in Communication with a Concentration in PR?

    The concentration in Public Relations is recommended if you are interested in a career in the PR industry or in technically oriented positions such as social media analyst. A BS in Communication focusing on public relations teaches you to uphold the image and reputation of the company you work for. In this concentration, you’ll take courses on topics such as PR writing, campaign planning, measurement and evaluation, and marketing management.

    Can you Earn a Communication Degree Online?

    Yes, you can absolutely earn a communications degree online. Drexel’s Online BS in Communication is designed for those who want to earn their communications degree without putting the rest of their lives on hold. This program is available 100% online and is taught by highly respected faculty within the communications field.

    What Can I do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication?

    Because of the demand for meaningful and effective communication in today’s job market, communication majors have the option to take on a variety of roles:

    • Brand Manager
    • Communication Specialist
    • Copywriter
    • Internal Communications Manager
    • Journalist
    • Marketing Communications Specialist
    • Political Campaign Manager
    • Public relations specialist
    • Social Media Manager

    If you plan to take your education even further, a BS in Communication can also prepare you for graduate study.

    How Much Can You Earn with a Communication Degree?

    Those with a communications degree have the opportunity to command a competitive salary within their field. The 2018 median annual wage for media and communication occupations, such as a Communication Specialist and Internal Communications Manager, is $57,530.

    Public relations specialists earn salaries starting at $37,400, with vice presidents and executive vice presidents earning between $112,7000 to $160,600.

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    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes. You must complete fifty percent of the Communication Core and Concentration requirements at Drexel. 

    General Requirements  
    ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research 3.0
    ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing 3.0
    ENGL 103 Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres 3.0
    AS-I 180 Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts & Sciences 3.0
    PSY 101 General Psychology I 3.0
    Humanities and Fine Arts 12.0
    Social Sciences 9.0
    International Studies 6.0
    Studies in Diversity 6.0
    Select one of the following Science Sequences* 8.0
    Biology Sequence
    BIO 107
    Cells, Genetics & Physiology  
    BIO 108
    Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory  
    BIO 109
    Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution  
    BIO 110
    Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory  
    Chemistry Sequence
    CHEM 111
    General Chemistry I  
    CHEM 112
    General Chemistry II  
    Physics Sequence
    PHYS 103
    General Physics I  
    PHYS 104
    General Physics II  
    Select one of the following Mathematics Sequences* 8.0
    Analysis Sequence
    MATH 101
    Introduction to Analysis I  
    MATH 102
    Introduction to Analysis II  
    Calculus Sequence
    MATH 121
    Calculus I  
    MATH 122
    Calculus II  
    Communication Core Requirements  
    Theory Sequence  
    COM 101 Human Communication 3.0
    COM 150 Mass Media and Society 3.0
    COM 210 Theory and Models of Communication 3.0
    COM 400 Seminar in Communication 3.0
    LING 101 Introduction to Linguistics 3.0
    or LING 102 Language and Society
    Additional Core Requirements  
    COM 222 Interpersonal Communication 3.0
    COM 230 Techniques of Speaking 3.0
    COM 240 New Technologies In Communication 3.0
    COM 247 Social Media in Communication 3.0
    COM 491 Senior Project in Communication I 3.0
    COM 492 Senior Project in Communication II 3.0
    PHIL 305 Ethics and the Media 3.0
    Public Relations Concentration  
    COM 160 Introduction to Journalism 3.0
    COM 181 Public Relations Principles and Theory 3.0
    COM 282  Public Relations Writing 3.0
    COM 286 Public Relations Strategies and Tactics 3.0
    COM 386 Public Relations Campaign Planning 3.0
    MKTG 201 Introduction to Marketing Management 4.0
    Methods Sequence:  
    COM 220 Qualitative Research Methods 3.0
    COM 284 Public Relations Research, Measurement, and Evaluation 3.0
    Select one of the following Visual Communication Courses** 3.0
    COM 335
    Electronic Publishing  
    COM 340
    Desktop Publishing  
    COM electives 9.0
    Free electives 43.0
    General Communication Concentration  
    COM 160 Introduction to Journalism 3.0
    COM 181 Public Relations Principles and Theory 3.0
    COM 261  Advanced Journalism 3.0
    OR COM 282 Public Relations Writing  
    COM 310 Technical Communication 3.0
    Methods Sequence:  
    COM 220 Qualitative Research Methods 3.0
    COM 221 Quantitative Research Methods in Communication 3.0
    Two additional COM classes at 300 level or higher 6.0
    COM electives 28.0
    Free electives 28.0
    Total Credits 180.0

    *Due to online course offerings, actual courses applied to these categories may differ. Please check with your academic advisor to confirm which courses will fulfill this degree requirement.
    **Or other courses as appropriate in COM or the College of Media Arts and Design.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college semester credits (36 quarter credits) with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution
      • Must have earned high school diploma or GED a minimum of 2 years ago
    • Non-Matriculated Option
      • Drexel University also offers a non-matriculated option, where you can take courses without being enrolled in a degree-granting program.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
      • Transfer Students
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • First-Year Students
        • Official high school transcripts
        • Official ACT/SAT scores no more than five years old
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $530 per credit. (A 40% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $883 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

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    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 4, 2021

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    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

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    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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