For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

  • Quarter To Semester Converter

    Enter a number into either box to convert.



  • BA in Communication


    The ability to communicate clearly and with relevant purpose is an invaluable skill, especially in today’s ever-changing media landscape. In the online BA in Communication program, you’ll learn how to package a message in a variety of formats and for any audience.

    You’ll also 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.  

    Program Features

    • Open concentration covers Public Relations, Journalism, and Technical Communication, as well as electives of your choice, preparing you for any communication-related career or professional post-graduate program
    • Courses taught by the same renowned and internationally-recognized on-campus faculty
    • Highly-interactive online format designed to challenge and engage while remaining convenient for working professionals

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    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, Additional Core, and Concentration requirements at Drexel. 

    General Requirements 
    CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
    ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
    ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
    ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
    PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
    UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
    UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
    Two mathematics courses 6.0
    Two science courses6.0
    Foreign language courses*8.0
    Humanities/fine arts 12.0
    Social/behavioral science 9.0
    International studies 6.0
    Studies in diversity6.0
    Communication Core Requirements 
    Theory Sequence 
    COM 101Human Communication3.0
    COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
    COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
    COM 400Seminar in Communication3.0
    LING 101Introduction to Linguistics3.0
    or LING 102 Language and Society
    Methods Sequence 
    COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
    COM 221Quantitative Research Methods in Communication3.0
    Additional Core Requirements 
    COM 160Introduction to Journalism3.0
    COM 181Public Relations Principles and Theory3.0
    COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
    COM 240New Technologies In Communication3.0
    COM 310 Technical Communication3.0
    COM 491Senior Project in Communication I3.0
    COM 492Senior Project in Communication II3.0
    PHIL 305Ethics and the Media3.0
    Two additional COM classes at 300 level or higher6.0
    Additional Electives 
    COM electives24.0
    Free electives37.0
    Total Credits180.0

    * Foreign language courses are not available online and must be taken on-campus at Drexel University or at another institution

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college credits with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution
      • First-Year Students
        • Between 0 – 23 previous college credits from a regionally accredited institution
        • Must have been out of high school for a minimum of 2 years

      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
          • 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 2017-2018 is $489 per credit. (A 40% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $814 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.
        • All students must contact 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

      2017-2018 Academic Year


      Classes Begin

      Classes End

      Exams Begin

      Exams End

      Fall 2017

      September 25, 2017

      December 9, 2017

      December 11, 2017

      December 16, 2017

      Winter 2018

      January 8, 2018

      March 17, 2018

      March 19, 2018

      March 24, 2018

      Spring 2018

      April 2, 2018

      June 9, 2018

      June 11, 2018

      June 15, 2018

      Summer 2018

      June 25, 2018

      September 1, 2018

      September 4, 2018

      September 8, 2018

      Apply today for the BA in Communication

      Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online!


      Previously enrolled at Drexel? Learn more about readmission.

      Any problems? Find help or contact us.