Schools for Public Relations Certificates in Boston, MA
Working professionals and others interested in certificate programs in public relations in the Boston area have a handful of programs from which to choose. This article profiles three schools -- all within 20 minutes of the city center -- that offer several types of certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Below is a table of facts about each school, such as size, tuition and graduation rates, followed by information on the content and requirements for each program.
- Boston College, about seven miles from downtown, offers a communications certificate program that includes public relations courses. This program has evening and weekend classes to accommodate working adults.
- At Lasell College, students can earn a graduate certificate in public relations that can be completed in nine months. Lasell is around 12 miles from downtown Boston.
- Tufts University offers a specialized public relations graduate certificate program in nutrition science that's designed for communications professionals responsible for providing information on nutrition. Tufts is about five miles from the downtown area.
Comparison of Schools
The following table lists important information about these schools in an easy-to-compare format. Prospective students can refer to this as they consider which school to attend.
|Boston College||Lasell College||Tufts University|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||14,628*||2,055*||11,449*|
|Campus Setting||Small city||Small city||Large suburb|
|Program Tuition (2018-2019)||$9,880**||$9,000***||$7,620****|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||55%*||97%*||45%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||32%*||81%*||15%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||95% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*||73% for full-time students; 100% for part-time students*||96% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (students began Fall 2011)||92%*||54%*||93%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator; **Boston College; ***Lasell College; ****Tufts University
Boston College offers a certificate program in communications as part of its Woods College of Advancing Studies. Students must earn a grade of 'C' or higher for every course in the program. The certificate must be completed within two years.
Professional Studies Certificate in Communication
This program provides training in a variety of communication-related subjects, including courses in public relations, intercultural communication, public speaking and corporate communication. Other topics covered include entertainment media and international marketing.
Lasell College's graduate certificate program in public relations is geared toward working professionals seeking additional training for advancement opportunities. This certificate may also be incorporated into a master's degree in communication. Students must hold a bachelor's degree and apply to the graduate program for admission.
Graduate Certificate in Public Relations
This certificate program contains three core courses and two electives. The 15-credit program requires courses in the principles of public relations, writing for public relations and crisis communication. Elective courses include corporate communication, media relations, advertising, integrated marketing communications and persuasion.
Tufts University offers a graduate certificate in communication for public relations professionals working with nutrition-related information and organizations. This program trains students on the concepts, language and science of nutrition so they can present that information accurately. Students learn how to help people make positive and healthy lifestyle decisions.
Nutrition Science for Communications Professionals Certificate
This program is designed for working professionals seeking continuing education in nutrition-related areas. It's made up of three courses that are taught online. Students learn how to translate nutrition research into accurate and effective communications. Subjects include basic nutrition science, nutrition and innovation, food consumption patterns and physical activity. Students also review the role nutrition plays in chronic diseases and consumer behavior as it relates to nutrition.