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  • 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.  

    Drexel also offers an online BS in Communication program. Learn more about the differences between a BA in Communication and a BS in Communication.

    **The online BA in Communication program will no longer be admitting students after the Summer 2019 term. Learn more about our BS in Communication.**

    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

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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, Additional Core, and Concentration requirements at Drexel. 

    General Requirements  
    AS-I 180 Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts & Sciences 3.0
    ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research 3.0
    ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing 3.0
    ENGL 103 Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres 3.0
    PSY 101 General Psychology I 3.0
    Two mathematics courses 6.0
    Two science courses 6.0
    Foreign language courses * 8.0
    Humanities/fine arts 12.0
    Social/behavioral science 9.0
    International studies 6.0
    Studies in diversity 6.0
    Communication Core Requirements  
    Theory Sequence  
    COM 101 Human Communication 3.0
    COM 150 Mass Media and Society 3.0
    COM 210 Theory and Models of Communication 3.0
    COM 400 Seminar in Communication 3.0
    LING 101 Introduction to Linguistics 3.0
    or LING 102 Language and Society
    Methods Sequence  
    COM 220 Qualitative Research Methods 3.0
    COM 221 Quantitative Research Methods in Communication 3.0
    Additional Core Requirements  
    COM 160 Introduction to Journalism 3.0
    COM 181 Public Relations Principles and Theory 3.0
    COM 230 Techniques of Speaking 3.0
    COM 240 New Technologies In Communication 3.0
    COM 310  Technical Communication 3.0
    COM 491 Senior Project in Communication I 3.0
    COM 492 Senior Project in Communication II 3.0
    PHIL 305 Ethics and the Media 3.0
    Two additional COM classes at 300 level or higher 6.0
    Additional Electives  
    COM electives 24.0
    Free electives 37.0
    Total Credits 180.0

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

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    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
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution
      • Must have earned high school diploma or GED a minimum of 2 years ago
    • 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 ACT/SAT scores no more than five years old
        • 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 0-1 is $0 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.
      • 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

    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 15, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019


    2019-2020 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2020

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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