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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'll take coursework that emphasizes communication theory and methods with a concentration in Public Relations, where you'll learn about journalism and public relations.

    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 Concentration in PR?

    The concentration in Public Relations allows for a career in the PR industry or in technically oriented positions such as social media analyst. A BA 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 BA 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 BA 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. 

    The curriculum and course descriptions for this program can be found in the Drexel University Course Catalog.

    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
      • Not sure if you meet these requirements?
        Enroll in our Peirce-Drexel Pathway Program, and maximize your transfer credits at Peirce on your way to earning your online bachelor's at Drexel.
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution
      • Must have earned a high school diploma or GED
    • 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 transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
        • Personal Essay
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $473 per credit. (A 52% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $985 per credit)

    The 52% tuition savings applies only to new students starting in the Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 terms and cannot be combined with any other tuition benefits available through Drexel University.

    • 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.
      • 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

    2023-2024 Academic Year


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    Exams Begin

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