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  • BS in Communication

    All organizations - both profit and non-profit - need communicators. Successful men and women in this field rise to senior level management, participate in major decisions, and are an integral part of the strategic planning process. A communication specialist might be called on to announce a new product, plan a national or international conference, appear on television as the spokesperson for the corporation, or become involved with special events, press conferences, media plans, video production, or writing and editing newsletters. Many communication graduates also go on to graduate study in such areas as law, business, or communication.

    The accredited online Bachelor of Science in Communication degree prepares you for senior level positions in any corporation or organization. The program is delivered fully online and begins with a common core of courses that emphasize communication theory and methods, followed by a concentration in Public Relations. Starting in Fall 2019 the BS in Communication online program will be offered with a choice of a general track or a Public Relations concentration. Please check back for more details.

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

    Topics include:

    • Journalism
    • Mass Media and Society
    • New Technologies in Communication
    • Public Relations
    • Publication Design

    Concentration in Public Relations

    This concentration covers a broad range of activities that help organizations address the communication and relationship challenges that arise when dealing with their various publics. Starting in Fall 2019 the BS in Communication online program will be offered with a choice of a general track or a Public Relations concentration. Please check back for more details.

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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  
    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
    AS-I 180 Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts & Sciences 3.0
    PSY 101 General Psychology I 3.0
    Humanities and fine arts 12.0
    Social science 9.0
    International studies 6.0
    Studies in diversity 6.0
    Select one of the following Science Sequences: 8.0
    Biology Sequence
    BIO 107
    Cells, Genetics & Physiology  
    BIO 108
    Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory  
    BIO 109
    Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution  
    BIO 110
    Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory  
    Chemistry Sequence
    CHEM 111
    General Chemistry I  
    CHEM 112
    General Chemistry II  
    Physics Sequence
    PHYS 103
    General Physics I  
    PHYS 104
    General Physics II  
    Select one of the following Mathematics Sequences 8.0
    Analysis Sequence
    MATH 101
    Introduction to Analysis I  
    MATH 102
    Introduction to Analysis II  
    Calculus Sequence
    MATH 121
    Calculus I  
    MATH 122
    Calculus II  
    Communication Core Requirements  
    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
    Additional Core Requirements  
    COM 220 Qualitative Research Methods 3.0
    COM 230 Techniques of Speaking 3.0
    COM 240 New Technologies In 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
    Public Relations Concentration Requirements  
    COM 160 Introduction to Journalism 3.0
    COM 181 Public Relations Principles and Theory 3.0
    COM 282  Public Relations Writing 3.0
    COM 284 Public Relations Research, Measurement and Evaluation 3.0
    COM 286 Public Relations Strategies and Tactics 3.0
    COM 386 Public Relations Campaign Planning 3.0
    MKTG 201 Introduction to Marketing Management 4.0
    Visual Communication Courses *  
    Select one of the following: 3.0
    COM 335
    Electronic Publishing  
    COM 340
    Desktop Publishing  
    Additional Electives  
    COM electives 15.0
    Free electives 43.0
    Total Credits 180.0

    Or other courses as appropriate in COM or the College of Media Arts and Design.

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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 2018-2019 is $501 per credit. (A 40% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $834 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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