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Public Relations Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Public relations graduate programs can be completed in as little as two years. In conjunction with core studies, programs may offer areas of specialization so students can focus on specific areas of interest while pursuing their degree.

How to Select a Public Relations Graduate School

Common requirements for a Master of Arts in Public Relations 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 include internships in specific areas like networking, volunteering and developing a portfolio. Public relations students may choose to focus on a specific area of work, such as crisis management or staff supervision, and a specific industry, like healthcare or non-profit organizations.

Students interested in public relations graduate schools may want to keep these considerations in mind:

  • Look for a specialized, real-life curriculum, concentration in any specific areas of interest and a schedule that works within your time constraints.
  • A school curriculum should include courses that deal with drafting speeches, newsletters and reports.
  • Intensive writing coursework should be of high consideration.

Top 10 Public Relations Graduate Schools

College/University Institution Type
Indiana University - Bloomington 4-year, Public
Syracuse University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Harvard University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Princeton University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Georgia 4-year, Public
University of Southern California 4-year, Private not for profit
University of Washington 4-year, Public
University of California - Berkeley 4-year, Public
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 4-year, Public

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