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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 four universities, and use the handy list at the end of the resource to see what other colleges and universities around the country have programs in public relations and advertising.

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Students who are interested in pursuing public relations or advertising jobs in the future can get an undergraduate degree in the field. Some schools also offer graduate-level training. Relevant programs are offered at public universities, community colleges and private institutions.

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School Overview

Below are brief descriptions of four well-regarded schools that offer undergraduate programs in public relations and advertising. They hold high positions in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report regional college rankings, and some have designated colleges or departments devoted to the study of communications or marketing.

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.

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 8th among regional universities in the North for 2017. 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.

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.

Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN

School Highlight: Certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs available.

The most relevant educational option for students at Bemidji State University who are interested in public relations and advertising is the marketing communication major, which is a hybrid program that integrates courses offered by the Department of Mass Communication and the Department of Business Administration. Alongside standard liberal arts requirements, students take courses in advertising, public relations, multimedia and design. The school was tied for #35 among the top public schools in the Midwest, according to the 2017 rankings of U.S. News & World Report.

Top Schools for Public Relations and Advertising

Here are some more top schools for students interested in public relations and advertising:

  • At the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, a post-master's certificate is available.
  • Oxnard College in Oxnard, CA, offers a one-year certificate and associate's degree program.
  • At Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA, certificate and associate's degree programs are available.
  • Dual credits are accepted at Fullerton College in Fullerton, CA.
  • Teacher certification is available from Castleton State College in Castleton, VT.
  • At Long Beach City College in Long Beach, CA, placement services are provided for graduates.

There are a wide range of educational options available to students who want to prepare for public relations and advertising careers. Schools around the country provide training at multiple degree levels.

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