Discover modern communications skills for the future workplace.

The fully online B.S. in Professional Communications and Emerging Media from Jefferson Online (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will give you the knowledge and skills needed to navigate new and traditional media for communications roles in any field. With a curriculum based in social media, writing for the web and mobile, multimedia communications, and public relations and media writing, you will learn how to craft compelling stories using 21st-century methods. The knowledge of professional social media use, copywriting, brand management and more will allow you to craft messaging to reach targeted audiences successfully.

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Degree Details

June 24, 2019

Next Start Date

2 - 3 Years

Program Length

120 Hours


8 Weeks

Course Length

Course Map

General Requirements (24 Credits)

  • CSS101 Learning Across the Lifespan (Note: Students start their program with this course)
  • Writing
  • Science
  • History
  • Social Science
  • Information Systems
  • Math
  • Humanities

Lower Division Electives (Up to 30 Credits)

You may transfer credits earned from successfully completed courses from previously attended, accredited colleges/universities. The transfer credits will be determined from transcripts. Your academic advisor will help you choose courses to complete your degree.

General Education Core (18 Credits)

  • Business, Industry and Work in American History
  • Globalization and World Politics
  • The Social Science of the Workplace
  • Financial Accounting
  • Professional Communication Skills
  • Professional Studies Capstone (Students may take this course when they reach 100+ credits)

Professional Education Core (21 Credits)

  • Elements of Organization
  • Principles of Management
  • Learning with Technology
  • Economic Decision Making
  • Finding and Evaluating Statistical Data
  • Financial Decision Making (Prerequisite: STAT 311)
  • Leadership Theory and Ethical Practices

Upper Division Electives (12 Credits)

Your academic advisor will help you choose courses to complete your degree.

Major Concentration (15 Credits)

  • Technologies of Communication (Social Media)
  • The Blog
  • Multimedia Presentations
  • PR and Media Writing
  • Professional Communications Capstone

Potential Careers

Upon graduation from this program, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of communications-based careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals in this dynamic field can expect to see career growth through the year 2024 and earn average salaries of more than $72,000 per year. Graduates are qualified for roles such as:

  • Public relations specialist
  • Technical writer
  • Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Content strategist

Admissions Requirements

Jefferson Online has a rolling admissions policy that allows decisions to be made as soon as your file is complete.

  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Provide an official copy of a high school transcript with a posted graduation date or proof of successful completion of a GED program. Home-schooled students are also encouraged to apply for admission. Interested applicants should contact 844-331-2745 to discuss application requirements.
  3. High school and GED accreditation must be recognized by a state, regional, or other accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  4. If you have earned credits after high school, you will need to submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. An official copy of a transcript is a transcript that is stamped with the school’s seal.

Once you’ve applied, your enrollment counselor will provide you with an Official Transcript Request form. You should fill this out and return it signed in ink to your Enrollment Counselor. We will work to request your transcripts from any prior institutions on your behalf. You can get a head start on the credit evaluation process by submitting unofficial transcripts of grades and credits for prior coursework to, with a statement indicating where you are in the application process.

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