Bachelor of Arts Communication

Discover how to be a seeker and teller of information.

Next Start Date
May 15th
Est. Program Length
2-4 years*
Credit Hours
Course Length
7 weeks
Credits Accepted
Cost per Credit

* Depending on transfer credits.

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Alvernia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Program Overview

The need to be an effective communicator is extremely important in virtually every career field. While completing Alvernia University’s degree in communications online, you’ll develop the skills you need to effectively express ideas, allowing you to become more valuable in the marketplace.

Our program provides you with the opportunity for networking and gaining real-world experience through the challenging coursework. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to pursue a variety of careers, including ones in journalism, public relations, marketing, advertising, theater, broadcasting and more.

Through the flexible online format, you’ll have the convenience to study at your own pace from wherever you wish as you learn from faculty who have professional experience in fields such as print journalism and television reporting.

Topics of Study

Our online communications degree helps you strengthen your abilities in oral communication, writing, problem-solving, critical thinking and organization. The program requires you to complete either a research seminar, in which you’ll complete a project or an intensive study and research paper, or a specially arranged internship at a local business, television or radio station or advertising agency.

Our communications online degree program also allows you to customize your degree with the choice of two tracks.

  • Strategic Communication: Learn how to effectively communicate in today’s dynamic society with the chance to study the social and psychological impacts of communication.
  • Public Relations and Advertising: Explore the various tools and techniques that today’s businesses use to communicate and market to the public.

Our Online Communications Degree Is For Those:

  • Interested in journalism, public relations, creative writing or advertising
  • Seeking to bolster problem-solving, communication, writing and critical thinking skills
  • Wanting to express the ideas of others or organizations
  • Thinking of later pursuing a master’s degree focusing on a specialized area

For those interested in Alvernia’s on-campus program, click here to learn more.


The online communications degree includes 123 credits, 31 to 55 of which make up the Liberal Arts Core. The major’s communication core requirements consist of 33 to 42 credits, in which you may choose between two tracks: strategic communication or public relations and advertising. Within the major’s requirements, six credits of communication electives, nine credits of English credits and six credits of related electives are required. To fulfill the remaining credits necessary for degree completion, you must choose general elective courses.

Admission Requirements

For admission into Alvernia’s communications degree online program, you must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. To apply:

  • Speak to an enrollment counselor
  • Complete an application
  • Provide evidence of High School completion/graduation. Documentation may include high school transcript, diploma, GED scores, or equivalent.*
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous college work (if applicable)
  • Submit a copy of DD214 from military (if applicable)

*This requirement may be waived if an official college transcript is provided to validate completion of 15 credits or more from an accredited school.

Tuition & Fees

Full Program Tuition$535 per credit hour$65,805
Full Program Student Fees$50 per credit hour$6,150
Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 75)$535 per credit hour$25,680
Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 75)$50 per credit hour$2,400
Total with Transfer Credits$28,080

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes four years to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment counselor at (888) 536-1251 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Financial Aid

Alvernia offers loans, grants, scholarships, payment plans and GI Bill benefits to help make your education more affordable. Our enrollment counselors can help you determine your financial aid eligibility. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.

Yellow Ribbon

Alvernia University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the GI Bill, provides those who served the U.S. military on active duty with free tuition and fees, as well as a book allowance. For more information, visit our Veterans page.

Career Outcomes

After earning your Bachelor of Arts in Communication online, you can pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Copywriter
  • Marketing manager
  • Public relations specialist
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