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Scripps online bachelor’s degree in applied communication ranked eighth in most affordable online college list by OnlineU

Claire Berlin | Feb 21, 2017

Scripps online bachelor’s degree in applied communication ranked eighth in most affordable online college list by OnlineU

By Claire Berlin

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 21, 2017)—OnlineU has ranked Ohio University Scripps College of Communication’s online bachelor’s degree completion program in applied communication eighth in its “2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Communications Degree” rankings.

According to the website, the rankings list 24 schools that offer the most affordable online communication degrees available, all with annual tuitions under $10,000. The communication degrees available on this list include associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online communications degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher.

“When we envisioned this degree, we wanted to design a program that easily met the needs of and fit into the lifestyle of our target student population and that utilized the high-quality faculty we have in the college,” said Scott Titsworth, dean of the Scripps College of Communication. “This ranking attests that we are offering a robust and affordable degree in the communication field.”

Ohio University's bachelor of science in communication in the applied communication major is an online degree completion program designed for associate degree graduates who want to further their education and advance their careers. The program focuses on the study of multiple communication fields including visual, written, and oral communication. Students take a variety of courses in journalism, media production, web and print design, communication studies, and telecommunication systems. Students can receive credit for previous associate degree study and can earn a bachelor’s degree in as few as two years.

"We have found that students really appreciate the ability to tailor their degree program to meet their specialized needs,” said Brittany Peterson, coordinator of e-learning development, Scripps College of Communication. “Students can concurrently select classes that enhance and augment their existing knowledge-base and skill sets, while at the same time enroll in classes that stretch them beyond their current capacities."

While the online major is less than three years old, launched in fall 2014, it has already received some notable awards and national attention. In 2016, Nonprofit Colleges Online listed the Ohio University applied communication degree program as first in its “2015-16 Best Online Bachelor’s in Communication and Public Relations: Students Before Profits Award.” The OHIO program landed the number one ranking out of 50 other communication programs nationwide.

Regarding the criteria for rankings, OnlineU said that “Tuitions were manually researched and reflect the degree level requirement tuition if offered, or the next level tuition cost. Out-of-state tuitions were used unless in-state tuition is offered to all online students. Program data including available degrees, tuition rates, and details about program coursework were collected from official school websites, reflecting data for the 2016-2017 school year. This data was collected in September of 2016.”

For more information about the online applied communication degree or to apply, please visit