What will I learn?

The Communication Program offers students a challenging curriculum that builds the writing, research, and creative foundation they’ll use in today’s wired and information-driven world. Traditional careers in publishing, journalism, public relations, and advertising, are now joined by new careers in digital writing, digital and web-based production, visual communication, and social media use. The opportunity to work in some form of communication – personal to mass – is unlimited in today’s real, virtual, and converged environments.

All Communication majors complete the core curriculum that includes courses about the communication environment and industry, basic writing, basic digital production, law and ethics, and research. Students then select one of two areas for further study:

  • Strategic Communication, composed of public relations, advertising, and marketing communication studies;
  • Emerging Media Strategy and Social Media, composed of digital writing, social media campaigns, web design, and crisis management;
  • Students can also choose a minor area to complement their major communication area of practice.

Students have many opportunities to put their coursework to use, including being a member of the Maryville Pawprint online reporting and editing staff. The program also has an active internship program, with undergraduate interns working at many of the top corporations, agencies, radio stations, and not-for-profit groups in the metropolitan area.

Students also have the opportunity to study Communication abroad during short semester break trips or on extended summer programs in the United Kingdom and Australia/New Zealand. Credits earned in study aboard apply directly to the student’s major and/or minor elective courses.

Which department am I in?

Maryville University

Study options

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
USD $500 per credit

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Start date

24 August 2020

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have high school diploma; A high school grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

For international students

To be considered for admission, applicants should have:

  • A high school diploma with a minimum of 22 units of credit including four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social sciences (social studies) and three additional units in any of the above areas or in a foreign language.
  • A high school grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Freshman applicants who do not meet the criteria listed above, and GED/HiSet applicants (who are considered on a case-by-case basis) may be asked to submit additional material, come to Maryville for a personal interview, and/or complete additional testing before an admission decision is made.

Maryville University requires that students provide proof of English proficiency for study at the University. The following are acceptable means of providing proof of English proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 69 overall with no sub score lower than 15, or
  • IELTS: 6.0 with no sub score lower than 5, or
  • DET: 40, or
  • PTE ACADEMIC: 47, or
  • ELS Center: Level 112 completed with a 2.5 grade or better, or
  • U.S. University/College Study: English Composition 104 equivalent with a “C” grade or better. English for non-native speakers does not qualify, or
  • A Level: 1 “A” grade or better in English or 3 “B” grades or better in subjects other than Math.

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Maryville University is a highly-respected institution offering more than 90 degree programs to a diverse student body.

  • Ranked amongst America’s top colleges.
  • Prides itself on outstanding and innovative teaching.
  • Excellent graduate outcomes with 97% job placement rate.
  • Diverse student body of over 9,000 people.