Public Relations (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Three writing samples.
  3. A 500-word letter of intent describing educational objectives and career goals.
  4. Three letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student.

In addition, international applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 100 or higher. Because this degree program is writing-intensive, reflecting the nature of public relations jobs, students with a TOEFL score below 100 are likely to have difficulty completing the program.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is rolling for summer, spring, J-term, and fall semesters.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (21 credit hours)
COM 610PUBLIC RELATIONS PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES3
COM 621THEORIES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS3
COM 631ADVANCED PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING3
COM 635INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC RELATIONS3
COM 641RESEARCH METHODS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS3
COM 650PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGEMENT3
COM 690MASTER'S PROJECT3
Public Relations Electives (6 credit hours)
Two Communication courses by advisement such as:6
DATA ANALYTICS FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION
SPECIAL TOPICS
INDEPENDENT STUDY
CRISIS COMMUNICATION
GLOBAL PUBLIC RELATIONS
TOPICS COURSE
General Electives (6 credit hours)
Two courses from other areas, by advisement6
Total Credit Hours33