Top Schools for Public Relations and Advertising

Find out which top schools can help you prepare for a career in public relations and advertising. Read about the undergraduate majors offered at three universities, and use the handy table at the end of the resource to see what other colleges and universities around the country have programs in public relations and advertising.

School Overview

Below are brief descriptions of three schools that offer undergraduate programs in public relations and advertising. These include two regional universities and one Catholic liberal arts college; both universities have designated colleges or departments devoted to the study of communications or marketing.

1. Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois

School Highlight: Students at Slane College have the ability to study abroad for their junior or senior year.

The university's Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts offers several media-related majors, including public relations and advertising. Both majors teach students how to design and promote consumer-friendly messages. They also learn how to attract favorable public attention for businesses and organizations.

2. Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts

School Highlight: Marketing graduates find employment in non-profit and for-profit environments, starting careers in advertising, corporate communications, publicity and event management.

Emerson College is a private university that U.S. News & World Report ranked 14th among regional universities in the North for 2015. The college's Department of Marketing Communications offers a bachelor's degree program in marketing communications that can help students prepare for work at profit and non-profit organizations. Communications courses also include minor topics in business studies and entrepreneurial studies.

3. Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa

School Highlight: Graduates find work in such fields as Journalism, Media Research, Advertising, Event Planning and Fundraising.

Public relations and advertising concentrations can be found under the umbrella of communications in the B.A. Degree in Communications. Both of those areas of study are taught alongside courses in journalism and broadcasting. Students acquire the mass media skills necessary to excel in their respective areas of communications, as well as learn how to develop marketing and advertising campaigns.

Top Schools for Public Relations and Advertising

School Name Distinction Location
Bemidji State University Certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs available Bemidji, MN
University of Wisconsin-River Falls Post-master's certificate available River Falls, WI
Oxnard College One-year Certificate and Associate's degree program offered Oxnard, CA
Golden West College Certificate and Associate's degree programs Huntington Beach, CA
Fullerton College Dual credits accepted Fullerton, CA
Castleton State College Teacher certification available Castleton, VT
Long Beach City College Placement services provided for graduates Long Beach, CA

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