Online Bachelor of Science in Communication

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Overview of the Online B.S. Communication Program

Open the door for opportunities in a wide variety of careers. 

Our world is built on the power of language – and history remembers people who say the right words at the right time. The Bachelor of Science in Communication program will prepare you for a successful career by showing you the art of analyzing messages, engaging in effective dialogue, and using language to impact decision-making.

A communication degree sets you up for a career in almost any industry, whether you want to pursue politics, journalism, business, or even ministry. At IWU, you learn how to create messages appropriate for your audience, purpose, and context – all through an ethical, biblical lens. Our program provides:

  • Accelerated degree completion (as little as 2 years)
  • 100% online courses
  • Emphasis on soft skills valued by today’s hiring managers

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Describe the communication discipline and its central questions
  • Employ communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
  • Engage in communication inquiry
  • Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
  • Critically analyze messages
  • Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals
  • Utilize communication to embrace differences
  • Apply ethical principles and biblical practices

Career Options

  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Grant Writer
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Publication Editor
  • Sales Representative
  • Ministry
  • Entry for Business Career


43 Total
$398/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Below are the courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

For a full list of courses required to complete your degree, please visit the Bachelor General Education page.

Directed Communication Studies


15 credit hours required

Major Requirements


18 credit hours required

Core Requirements


10 credit hours required


Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  • Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

  • Completion of 120 semester hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the required COM-courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  • Completion of 30 hours of general education as specified.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Transfer Credits Policy
  • Credit must have been earned at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with a minimum grade of "C."
  • Courses must be approved by the Division of Liberal Arts.
  • Students must complete at least 30 hours of the core curriculum at Indiana Wesleyan University.


The B.S. Communication at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024