Common requirements of a public relations graduate program include a minimum of 30 hours in core courses and either a thesis or an additional amount of credit hours with approval and a written examination. Programs often may involve internships in specific areas like networking, volunteering and developing a portfolio.
Public Relations Graduate Schools
The schools listed in the table provide either master's or doctoral degrees in public relations or a field with that subject included.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)**|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||Bloomington, IN||4-year, Public||Master's, Ph.D|| $8,442 (in-state)
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's||$33,312|
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||4-year, Public||Master's, Ph.D||$8,492 (in-state)
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Private not for profit||Master's||$39,984|
|University of Washington||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Master's, Ph.D||$15,207 (in-state)
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Master's, Ph.D|| $15,844 (in-state)
Source: *School Websites, **National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in a public relations graduate school may want to keep these considerations in mind.
- Look for a specialized, real-life curriculum, concentration in any specific areas of interest such as crisis management or staff supervision, and a specific industry like healthcare or non-profit organizations.
- Make sure the curriculum includes courses that deal with drafting speeches, newsletters and reports.
- Intensive writing coursework should be of high concern, particularly for a thesis, so decide if you can handle it or not.
There are several schools in the U.S. that offer graduate programs in public relations or as a concentration within communications or journalism. These graduate programs usually give students the ability to specialize in a certain area and provide them with internships as well.