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- 3 years paid media.

Combined BA or BS/MS in Public Relations

Whether you see yourself serving as a publicist in the entertainment industry, representing a Fortune 500 company or helping a political candidate reach voters, we’ll give you the modern skills necessary to excel in the rapidly evolving world of public relations.

Program Overview

Our five-year BA/MS or BS/MS in public relations program offers the opportunity for undergraduate students pursuing any major to get a head start on a master’s degree and begin taking some graduate-level courses in their senior year. The PR program reflects the contemporary trends of the industry and will prepare you for a career in government, sports, the nonprofit world or the private sector.

You’ll have the flexibility to shape your experience based on your interests and professional ambitions, and you can choose either the traditional public relations track or a social media track, which examines the most effective PR strategies organizations employ on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Through a variety of electives, you’ll explore specialized areas within the field, including international public relations, investor relations and health care PR, where you’ll hone your writing, analytical and communication skills.

Our faculty members come from a diverse range of PR backgrounds and have professional connections throughout the industry who serve as valuable resources for jobs and experiential learning opportunities. Our career counselor will work with you one-on-one to assist in your job search and organize internships that will give you the practical experience and relationship-building skills you need to hit the ground running once you graduate. 

Curriculum and Requirements

Students may apply for provisional acceptance to the MS in Public Relations program during the second semester of their junior year. If accepted, students can take up to 6 credits of graduate courses during their senior year beginning in the fall semester with the permission of the graduate public relations director. Those credits can be applied to both undergraduate and graduate programs. Applications for this special program are available through the School of Communications.