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Online Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications

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Online Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications

Increase your impact with your message

Earning a B.A. in Applied Communications from National Louis University can help you and your team better communicate ideas at the workplace as you analyze, improve and apply a variety of communication styles.

In this four-year program, which you can complete fully online or through a blend of online and campus-based courses in the Chicagoland area, you’ll develop negotiation, persuasion and critical-thinking skills to build a solid foundation in business communication.

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This difference-making degree will help you:

  • Develop skills in message construction and multi-channel delivery
  • Create solid communication strategies that resonate with and persuade various audiences
  • Develop personal leadership, observational and analytical skills
  • Make strong connections with industry leaders through our mentoring program
  • Specialize your learning with an optional concentration in entrepreneurship, human resource management or leadership
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NLU offers 7 convenient start dates each year and it’s free to apply.

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Why choose NLU for your Online applied communications bachelor’s degree?

Relevant curriculum

The applied communications bachelor’s curriculum is designed using expertise from professionals in fields including public relations, journalism, business, marketing and advertising. What you learn can be applied immediately to your job.

Qualified instructors

Courses for this degree are taught by practicing communications professionals, giving you the relevant learning experience that will globally, culturally and strategically position you in the job market.

Accredited degree

Rest assured that you’ll earn a quality degree that you can be proud of. This degree program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Originally founded in 1886 as a school that instructed kindergarten teachers, our focus continues to be on adult students today.

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An NLU Online communications degree can improve your career outlook

Potential communications careers

  • Brand assistant
  • Communications specialist
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Media associate
  • Social media manager

National average salary

Communications specialists
$52,000
Glassdoor.com, 2018

The way that this program is structured online is very well balanced. It allows me to work on my time and on my schedule.

Melinda Wainscott
B.A. in Applied Communications


Courses include:


Control your schedule

Control your schedule

Get the flexibility you need as a working professional. View your online classes at any time during the week — you set the pace. NLU offers seven start dates per year so you can begin coursework (and graduate) faster.

Expand your professional network

Expand your professional network

Learning online does not mean learning alone. NLU helps you build a professional network with instructors and fellow online students through active discussion forums as well as project-based work (both group and individual).

Take engaging coursework

Take engaging coursework

You may be online, but you’re still part of the class. NLU’s online learning portal allows you to take a course live, or watch a recording whenever you’re ready. Coursework is delivered in multiple formats including written papers, video and slideshows with audio.


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Your success coach gives you one-on-one support

Every online student at NLU is paired with a dedicated success coach who helps in areas ranging from class projects to time management. As your biggest fan at NLU, your success coach can connect you with the resources and people you need to be successful.

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