Whether as a career or a valuable job skill, communication plays a vital role in enhancing organizational effectiveness in corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. American Public University is a leader in providing career-relevant education online and offers working adults the opportunity to grasp a valuable discipline without disrupting their existing professional and personal schedules. The online Associate of Arts in Communication prepares students with a myriad of techniques that are applicable to the communications profession, public relations, marketing, journalism, business management, public policy, corporate training, writing, publishing, and social media endeavors.
This foundational associate degree also empowers students interested in pursuing bachelor degrees in related a discipline. Students focus on enhancing interpersonal, intercultural, and media communication, gender differences in communication, ethics and team communication. Courses are taught by practitioner instructors. Many are communication leaders in Fortune 500 and government agencies who teach leading standards and emphasize the importance of effective communication in meeting career-development goals in a variety of industries.
The following program details are intended to help you make an informed decision about the university that's right for you.
|2011-2012 Program Completion Rate|
|Normal time to completion for full-time student||2 years|
|Graduates who completed in this time1||20%|
|Tuition & Fees as of January 1, 2013||Median Loan Debt of 2011-2012 Graduates|
(before any awarded transfer credit)
|$50||Private educational loans||$0|
|Transfer Credit Evaluation fee3|
|$50||Institution financing plan||$0|
|Books and supplies4||$0|
|On-campus room and board||Not applicable|
1 Data may be “not available” if the program has no graduates during reporting period or if it has not been in existence the normal time for completion. If 0%, then graduates in the reporting period took longer than the average time, usually because they were part-time students. 91% of our students are working adults and do not take a full-time course load.
2 A $50 Technology Fee will be charged for all future undergraduate and graduate level course registrations, including audited courses. The fee is not applicable for Comprehensive Exam courses. An APUS grant will cover the fee for Active Duty Military, Reservists, National Guard, Vocational Rehabilitation (VOCA), VA and VA Chapter 33 students, and anyone using military tuition assistance (TA).
3 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
4 The undergraduate book grant provides textbooks, e-books, and other course materials at no cost to students for courses being taken for academic credit. Students must obtain their own software when required for a course or program.
5 This figure does not include PLUS loans or TEACH grants converted to Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans.
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American Public University System (APUS) makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of an APUS program or coursework will result in employment within a particular field. Many employers take into account various criteria, in addition to education, when determining eligibility for employment. To assist our students in their career search, the APUS Office of Career Services provides students and alumni a variety of tools, resources, information, and guidance to assist them as they pursue their life goals.