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Build a rewarding career by pursuing a degree in professional communications

Professional Communications

Bachelor of Science

Quick Facts

Total Credit Hours: 121-122
Time to Completion: 12-24 months*
Tuition: $398 per credit hour**

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Online Professional Communications Degree

Bachelor of Science

Husson Online’s Bachelor of Science in Professional Communications gives you the skills and confidence needed to convey information and ideas creatively, persuasively and ethically in a professional environment and media-driven world. From public relations and social media to advertising and professional writing, with our online communications degree, you’ll learn from experts about how to effectively create, manage and distribute messages to any audience in both the public and private sector.

Prepare for a career in professional communications 

  • Flexible professional communications classes online with 24/7 access
  • 7-week courses
  • Small class sizes
  • Accredited by NECHE
  • Transfer up to 90 credits

As a professional communications student at Husson Online, you’ll gain in-demand, marketable skills from expert faculty. You’ll also have the opportunity to focus your communications degreee to your areas of interest by selecting core and elective courses in subjects such as English, journalism, crisis management, public relations and creative writing. You can further tailor your studies and build your résumé by earning a Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Certificate in Business, Certificate in Sales and more. In the end, you’ll walk away from this fully online bachelors degree in communications ready to successfully begin or advance in your career.

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*Based on a student transferring in between 60-90 credits **Rate effective May 1, 2022. All rates subject to change. Please see Cost and Aid for more information.

Faculty Spotlight

Adam Crowley, Ph.D

Adam Crowley, Ph.D, received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Maine and his doctorate degree in English from the University of New Brunswick.

His latest book, “The Wealth of Virtual Nations: Videogame Currencies” (2017) argues that video games have contributed to modern life by dramatizing the economic anxieties of our age — in particular, those anxieties that relate to the Global Great Recession.

Crowley is a professor of English and the director of composition at Husson University. He teaches classes in American, English and Canadian Literature, and also Gothic literature and Game Studies.

Faculty Spotlight

Maria Cahill, Ph.D

Maria Cahill, Ph.D, is an associate professor of English at Husson University. She earned her bachelor's degree in English (creative writing) from the University of Washington, master's degree in English (literature) from Georgia Southern University and doctorate degree in English (rhetoric and professional communication) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Cahill’s current interest explores research about and development of successful English programs in a quickly changing and progressively technological world. Currently, she is involved in publishing an article on the topic, as well as editing an issue of the South Atlantic Review dedicated to sustainability of the humanities. Another one of Cahill’s passions is reading and writing about women scientists and how they write science.

Why Husson Online

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Personalized Academic Support

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Accredited Programs

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Career Outlook

Job Growth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the field of media and communication is projected to grow by a faster-than-average rate of about 14 percent between 2020 and 2030.


Median Salary. As of May 2021, the national median annual salary for media and communication occupations is $62,340, per the BLS.


Diverse Opportunities. Earning your communications degree online can lead to a rewarding career as a public relations specialist, social media director, editor, technical writer, journalist, advertising copywriter, marketing coordinator and more.

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What is a professional communications degree?

A degree in professional communications is designed to cover what it takes to succeed in audio and visual communications across multiple media. Depending on the specific classes you take and the experiences you bring with you, it can help you begin or advance a career in public relations, creative or technical writing, marketing, advertising and more.

What is the difference between a BA and BS in Professional Communications?

The short answer is that a Bachelor of Science (BS) offers an additional focus on math and science to the major. A Bachelor of Arts (BA) emphasizes humanities and arts, often with a foreign language requirement. For a professional communications major, a BS will likely offer a deeper look into the technical aspects of communications and the various messaging channels.

Is a bachelor’s in professional communications worth it?

From PR firms to television networks, most marketing and media professionals would agree that a Bachelor of Science in Professional Communications is certainly worth it. It offers the information, insights and credential needed to pursue any number of career opportunities in the communications arena. The right program, such as the one offered 100% online at Husson University, will give you skills communicate persuasively, ethically, creatively and, of course, professionally.

What careers can you get with a professional communications degree?

There are a lot of career options for someone with a professional communications degree. Depending on your degree’s focus, you can find success in corporate communications, media relations, technical writing,
marketing, journalism, business, education and more. Prepare for the journey with your Bachelor of Science in Professional Communications from Husson University.

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Transfer Credit

Earn up to 90 credits toward your degree


Courses you will take:

professional-comms-program-page.jpgHusson Online's Bachelor of Science in Professional Communications requires you to complete 121 credits to earn your communications degree. You’ll be able to take courses in key areas such as public relations, crisis communication, technical writing, creative writing, speech and more. Electives are built into the curriculum allowing you to focus on your specific career goals. View the mix of courses below. Reach out today if you’d like more information or if you would like to speak to an enrollment counselor.

2022 Start Dates

Term 3
January 16

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EH105 College Writing (3 credits)
CM 100 Speech (3 credits)
EH 105 College Writing (3 credits)
HE 111/114 The Husson Experience (1-3 credits)
EH 270 Communicating Science (3 credits)
EH 274 Creative Non-Fiction OR EH 275 Creative Writing (3 credits)
Fine Arts Elective (3 credits)
Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective (3 credits)**
Historical Elective (3 credits)
Lab Science Elective (3-4 credits)
Literature Elective (3 credits)
Math I Elective (3-4 credits)
Math II Elective (3 credits)
Perspectives Elective (3 credits)
Philosophical Elective (3 credits)
Psychological/Sociological Elective (3 credits)
Sustainability Elective (3 credits)**

Each course or elective category listed above fulfills Husson Online's general education requirements. 

** Requirements can be replaced with an open elective if met elsewhere in general education program.

CM 200 Interpersonal Communications (3 credits)
CM 221 Professional Communications (3 credits)
CM 323 Advances Professional Communications (3 credits)
CM 340 Crisis Communications (3 credits)
EH 311 Topics in Professional Communications (3 credits)
EH 324 Technical Writing (3 credits)
EH 352 Advanced Writing (3 credits)
EH 360 Writing in the Health Professions (3 credits)
EH 401 English Senior Capstone Experience (3 credits)
MC 116 Intro to Public Relations (3 credit)
MC 314 Cross-Cultural Communications (3 credits)
Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective (300+) (3 credits)
Literature Elective (3 credits)
3 x Literature Elective (300+) OR Open Elective (3 credits)
2 x Writing Intensive Elective (3 credits each)
7 x Open Elective (3 credits each)

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