Master of Arts in Public Relations

Program Details

You will study a challenging curriculum from faculty who have distinguished backgrounds in public relations, journalism, advertising, and marketing.

The master’s degree in public relations requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, including a 3-hour capstone project. The thesis option requires 36 credit hours, including a 6-hour thesis. 

In addition to the 33-36-credit hour public relations program, you may choose 12-credit hour specializations in a variety of subject areas, including: 

  • business
  • communication studies
  • public affairs
  • sport communication

Please review our sample schedule for more information on how you could complete your degree.

On-Campus Schedule

If you have chosen to complete the MA in public relations on campus, you will typically enroll in two or three classes per term. 

Online Schedule

As an online student, you can take classes through an asynchronous format, meaning you can interact when convenient for class participation. Most of our online students are working professionals who enroll in an average of two courses each semester. By pursuing an accelerated online format, you may be able to complete the program in five semesters. 

Blended Schedule

Because the MA in public relations course schedule is identical for online and on-campus classes, it is possible to pursue a blended curriculum. This may be an attractive option if you become an on-campus student and need to take a selection of online classes due to your working schedule or personal/professional obligations. 

Please note that any semester you take one or more courses on campus, you will be charged on-campus graduate student tuition and fees

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