Online BS in Communications


Master practical, applicable communication skills you can use in any setting—from professional endeavors to everyday interactions.

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Master practical, applicable communication skills you can use in any setting—from professional endeavors to everyday interactions.

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Why Choose Walden?

Build Actionable Skills

Apply theory to learn practical skills and concepts you can begin using immediately—at work and in your daily life.

Walden Undergraduate Academy™

Get dedicated support, tuition savings,1 and resources if you have no prior college credits. Learn with other first-time college students.

Personalize Your Learning

Choose our General Program or one of three concentrations to build skills in an area you’re passionate about.

Explore Technology’s Impact

Learn how the technology we use for communicating is changing media, culture, business, and human behavior.

Learn From Actual Practitioners

Our BS in Communication faculty are active practitioners and thought leaders who bring real-world insights to the classroom.

Corporate Identity

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Program Details

Curriculum

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 quarter credits
    • General education courses: 46 cr.
    • Core Program Courses: 50 quarter credits
    • General Electives: 80 quarter credits
    • Capstone Course: 5 quarter credits

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits*. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

*Please note: Students that reside in Virginia may be eligible to transfer up to 125 credits. At least 55 credits must be completed at Walden.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-767-9522.

Walden Undergraduate Academy

Discover a new bachelor’s education experience for first-time adult college students.

Walden Undergraduate Academy opens new doors for working adults like you and makes earning a degree more achievable than ever before. This dedicated learning experience has an extra layer of support to help you build your confidence and academic skills before you start your online bachelor’s program. You’ll also be eligible for special savings that can make your bachelor’s degree more affordable.

 

Questions?

Our Enrollment Specialists are here to give you answers.

 

Admission Requirements

Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are 21 years of age or older.
  • You are less than 21 years of age with at least 12 quarter credits.
  • You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.

More information for international applicants.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Amount
Tuition 181 quarter credit hours $333 per quarter hour $60,273
Technology Fee Per quarter $170 $2,720
      $62,993**

BELIEVE & ACHIEVE SCHOLARSHIP

YOUR TUITION

   

-$16,818

$46,175*

*Represents minimum time to completion, no transfer of credit, and Believe & Achieve Scholarship. Your actual total program time and costs may vary. Believe & Achieve Scholarship savings based on current tuition. See Scholarship Details for more information.

**Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 135 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0109.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

Concentrations

Program Outcomes

Master the Science of Strategic Communication

In our online bachelor’s degree program, you’ll explore the role and power of communication throughout all facets of human interaction. Coursework covers topics such as interpersonal communication, group communication, digital storytelling, and intercultural communication. Learn what it takes to create a personal identity, sell ideas to others, speak persuasively in public, and analyze messages from mass media. Build a highly transferable skill set that benefits you both in your personal life and in your career endeavors.

Career Outlook

Communication plays a central role in creating and sustaining interpersonal relationships, organizations, cultures, and global societies. In the age of digitization and automation, communicating clearly and making meaningful human connections has become even more important.

An online bachelor’s in communication degree equips you with a practical, versatile skill set that’s in demand and applicable across all industries. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Job Outlook 2021, employers rank written and verbal communication skills among the most important attributes they look for in a job candidate.2 And employment in media and communication occupations is projected to grow 14% through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.3

Career options may require additional experience, training, licensure, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online communication degree program.

 

EMPLOYMENT IN MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION OCCUPATIONS IS PROJECTED TO GROW

14%

THROUGH 2030.3

 

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s BS in Communication program, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Articulate the importance of thoughtful message creation and delivery in personal, family, work, social, political and community life.
  • Demonstrate active listening skills to effectively receive, process, and respond to verbal and nonverbal communication delivered through various communication channels.
  • Identify the influences that organizational and societal structures, practices, and paradigms have on access to communication modalities, as well as the content of messages delivered in social media, political discourse, mass communication and interpersonal interactions.  
  • Evaluate the implications of ethical choices in a situation and their impact on the communication process and outcomes for all stakeholders.
  • Synthesize diverse contexts and worldviews into effective communication practices accommodating difference, demonstrating respect for diversity and uniqueness, and creating opportunities for collaboration.
  • Distinguish among communication platforms and approaches to select those most appropriate for delivery of a specific message to a target audience.  

Resources

FAQ About Walden’s Online BS in Communication

What are the benefits to earning a bachelor’s in communication?

When you earn a BS in Communication, you can gain the practical skills you need to advance within your current organization or to position yourself for a career in a variety of fields, including marketing, public relations, advertising, or even organizational training and development. You’ll learn how the technology we use for communicating is changing media, culture, business, health, human behavior, and even our access to information. From public speaking to PR, organizational, and marketing communications, earning a BS in Communication degree can prepare you to be a well-rounded, knowledgeable communications professional capable of implementing best practices across many different areas of business.

What is the outlook for communication graduates?

The information age is all about communication, which is why job opportunities in the communication field are expanding. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2019 and 2029, jobs for advertising, promotions, and marketing managers will increase by 6%; jobs for technical writers will increase by 7%; and jobs for public relations specialists will increase by 7%.1 And those are just a few of the fields you can enter when you’re qualified to work in communications.

1Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers; Technical Writers; Public Relations Specialists

What courses might you take in a bachelor’s in communication program?

The courses offered to students will depend upon where they enroll to earn their degree. At Walden University, students will have access to a robust curriculum rooted in the latest communications best practices, research, and theory. Some of the courses offered in the BS in Communication program include Dynamics of Group Communication, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Digital Storytelling, and Principles of Public Relations.

Can a BS in Communication help me to become a better public speaker?

Public speaking is a communication skill that, in today’s business world, can boost sales, support organizational goals, and enhance reputations. Some people are natural public speakers who can effortlessly present information to both small and large groups of people. For many, however, that is not the case. If you have a fear of public speaking but have chosen a profession in which you would benefit from strong presentation skills, a business communication degree can help you overcome your fear, while simultaneously boosting your career. Walden University offers a Fundamentals of Public Speaking course that can help you develop your presentation skills, gain confidence when speaking, better analyze an audience, improve your listening and critical thinking skills, and even improve your use of technology in presentations.

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1Tuition reductions are applied to students’ accounts for each of the following amounts and terms: Terms 1 – 10 - $500; Term 17 - $1,100 and Term 18 - $1,000. Tuition reductions are not retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply towards books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course. Students are responsible for other non-tuition costs, including but not limited to university and program and custom-related fees and taxes. Any tuition reduction will end with any change or completion of current program or start date. Subsequent tuition reductions will be based upon what is being offered at that time. Any unused portion due to a break in attendance will be forfeited. Tuition reductions are not retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course. Students are responsible for other nontuition costs, including but not limited to university and program and custom-related fees and taxes. Any tuition reduction will end with any change or completion of current program or start date. Subsequent tuition reductions will be based upon what is being offered at that time. Any unused portion due to a break in attendance will be forfeited.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

2Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, The Top Attributes Employers Want to See on Resumes. Retrieved January 2022.

3Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Media and Communication Occupations (SOC code 27-3099). Retrieved September 2021. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.