Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media

Format: Online


  • Priority Deadline: November 4, 2019
  • Regular Deadline: December 2, 2019

The BA in Communication and Media online degree program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on critical issues related to communications, with special emphasis on new and traditional media. Students examine how social and organizational cultures influence how people communicate, envision ethical principles, empower and motivate actions, resolve conflict, and interact with others through the scope of mass media.

Students in the program:

  • Develop communication strategies that are responsive to cultural and audience differences and the requirements of new media.
  • Understand the global reach of communication and media and how they serve as powerful links between and among the world’s cultures.
  • Explore ethical issues of journalism, advertising, and public relations.
  • Examine web design, information architecture, page layouts, and user research.

Career Prospects

The BA in Communication and Media program prepares graduates for careers in advertising, public relations, broadcasting, journalism, digital media, management, and international organizations. The degree also provides a strong foundation for graduate training in a wide variety of professional specializations.

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Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are formal agreements between CUNY SPS and two-year colleges and universities, allowing students to transfer the maximum number of credits with ease to our BA in Communication and Media program from institutions with which we have an established transfer process in place.

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Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess at least 24 transferrable credits from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants need to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing, and math.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2020 Priority Deadline: November 4, 2019

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Student/Alumni Profiles

Lisa Sheridan

BA in Communication and Media

"In school, I don’t need to have all the answers. I can give myself permission to ask questions and learn from other people. It has been a very liberating experience."

Terrince Autry

BA in Communication and Media

"As for growth, my knowledge base has expanded greatly as I have been exposed to courses, ideas, and philosophies that I would not have considered before."

Christy King

BA in Communication and Media

"Now, after more than a year of consulting, I’m having a blast, learning more every day, and feeling more confident about working for myself over the long haul."

Steven Dupré

BA in Communication and Media 2014

“As a working professional, finding a degree program that was malleable to an ever-shifting and demanding work schedule was the single most important criteria for me choosing CUNY SPS.”

Recent News About Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media


Bradley Gardener Receives First Teaching Excellence Award

June 03, 2019

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is proud to announce that Bradley Gardener has been selected as the first recipient of the CUNY SPS Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. 

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Elizabeth Alsop Published "The Question of James's Speech:Consensual Talk in The Ambassadors"

May 16, 2019


Elizabeth Alsop, academic director of the BA in Communication and Media and BA in Liberal Studies programs, published an article titled "The Question of James's Speech: Consensual Talk in The Ambassadors" in the Narrative.
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January 15, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the CUNY School of Professional Studies 15th in the nation for the quality of its online bachelor’s degree programs, putting it in the top 5 percent of all ranked institutions for the second straight year.

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CUNY SPS Makes First Undergraduate “Z Degree” Possible At The City University of New York

November 27, 2018

CUNY SPS has now made it possible for its bachelor’s degree in communication and media to be completed without students ever purchasing a textbook, making it the first undergraduate “Z Degree” at a CUNY senior college.