University of Missouri-Kansas City

Communication — Professional Communication Emphasis

Quick Facts


Bachelor of arts

Delivery Mode

100% Online

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost


Transfer credit hours


Transfer estimated cost



3-4 courses per semester


3-4 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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You have a gift for making connections. Now, you can transform that talent into a high-demand skill set with a 100% online bachelor’s in communication from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), focused on professional communication. In this program, you can earn your undergraduate degree even while working full time. The course work has been developed for students who may be juggling a variety of responsibilities.

Through UMKC, you will connect with instructors within a diverse learning community to hone your communication ability for a multitude of industries. It doesn’t matter whether you work for a small business or a large corporation, clear communication is fundamental to success. Upon graduation, your skills in writing, speaking and presenting complex ideas to various audiences will make you a valuable asset to employers everywhere. Advance in your career, or strike out on a new path. With a communications degree from UMKC, opportunities await.

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Career Prospects

Professional communication students find employment in many fields within media, communications and beyond. Graduates can create their own paths applicable to many industries.

Potential job titles include:

  • Recruiter
  • Event planner
  • Client service or client support
  • Community engagement
  • Campaign manager
  • Program manager
  • Fundraiser

Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take three to four classes each semester and finish in three to four years.

Course work includes:

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Introduction to the study of human communication
  • Fundamentals of effective speaking and listening
  • Introduction to and intermediate academic prose
  • Culture and diversity
  • Civic and urban engagement
  • Critical thinking in arts and humanities


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

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