What Is an Accredited Online Degree Program in Communications?

Although the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), an agency that typically accredits traditional programs in the field, doesn't offer specific accreditation for online programs, many online degree programs in communications are offered by accredited colleges and universities. Three regionally accredited schools offering online degree programs in communications are presented below. Schools offering Applied Communications degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Online Communications Degree Programs: Overview

Communications programs focus on the ways in which messages are relayed to audiences across various media. Graduates of an online communications degree program can pursue careers in media fields including advertising, public relations, journalism, broadcasting, business, telecommunications and corporate communications.

Important Facts about Online Communications Programs

Degree Levels Bachelor's, master's, graduate certificate
Concentrations Corporate communication and public relations
Prerequisites Varies by degree level; for graduate level, GRE/GMAT (waived for work experience)
Possible Careers Broadcaster, editor, photographer, public relations specialist

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

West Virginia University

West Virginia University has full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Its Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism offers an entirely online program leading to a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). Students may enroll in early fall, early spring or summer quarters, and it takes about 18 months to complete the 33-credit program. Additionally, the school offers an online graduate certificate in integrated marketing communications. Prerequisite, core and elective courses for the master's degree may cover:

  • Current topics in integrated marketing communications
  • Marketing analysis and research
  • Brand equity management
  • Direct marketing
  • Media analysis
  • Consumer sales promotion
  • Public relations applications

State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego

SUNY Oswego offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Mass Communication program online through its Department of Communication Studies. Communications programs at the school are registered and approved by the New York State Education Department, and SUNY Oswego is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Princeton Review have ranked SUNY Oswego's broadcasting and mass communication program among the best in the nation. Courses incorporated as part of the online program cover:

  • Communication foundations
  • Public speaking and critical thinking
  • Mass media fundamentals
  • Cable and broadcasting
  • Legal concepts and mass media
  • Radio production
  • Video production

Drexel University

A Bachelor of Science in Communications is offered online at Drexel University, which has accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Students may complete the online program on either a part-time or full-time basis; it follows the same curriculum as does the on-campus program. Courses for the online bachelor's program in communications covers:

  • Mass media
  • Communication technologies
  • Public Relations writing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Organizational behavior
  • Project management

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