Numerous colleges and universities throughout Ohio offer public relations certificates and degree programs ranging from the associate to master's degree level. The public relations major can also be referred to as strategic communication or advocacy communication. Programs cover such topics as promotions, organizational communication, marketing communications, public speaking and crisis management. Some programs integrate internship experiences, allowing students to gain hands-on skills in the field.
Franklin University in Columbus offers undergraduate degrees in public relations. Both the associate's and bachelor's degree require a general education core in subjects such as English, math and science. Major area courses cover topics including crisis management, internal communication, promotions and publicity. Students may also choose a related minor like communication, marketing and management.
Kent State University
Located in Kent, Kent State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) has five majors, including public relations. Bachelor's degree students are prepared for entry-level positions in public relations firms, government agencies or nonprofit organizations. In addition to general education classes, major area coursework includes multimedia techniques, print beat reporting and public relations tactics.
The Oxford campus of Miami University offers a strategic communication bachelor's degree for students who wish to enter the field of public relations. The degree program focuses on using communication to influence the public's opinions and integrates many public relations topics. Additionally, there are many internship opportunities available for students to take advantage of prior to graduation.
Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Dominican University in Columbus offers a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations & Marketing Communications which combines public relation theory and practice. Students may choose a public relations emphasis, which includes courses such as public speaking, mass media and an internship.
Ohio Northern University
Offered through the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio Northern University in Ada, the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts allows students to choose a concentration area, including communication studies, electronic media and broadcasting, and public relations. The public relations concentration is certified by the Public Relations Society of America and offers both on-campus and off-campus learning opportunities.
Ohio State University
Located in Columbus, Ohio State University offers an undergraduate program in strategic communications. This degree program combines public relations, marketing communication, advertising and other communication disciplines to provide a comprehensive education. Students can also choose a minor, such as communication, media and society, and communication technology.
The state's oldest public institution of higher learning, Ohio University in Athens was established in 1804. Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication offers many relevant undergraduate and graduate majors for those students who are interested in pursuing a career in public relations. The college is considered one of the top five programs in the nation.
University of Cincinnati
In Cincinnati, Ohio, the University of Cincinnati's Department of Communication offers a certificate in public relations. This program is one of only 20 in the nation to have received the Certification in Education for Public Relations designation from the Public Relations Society of America. This certificate program is available only to current communication majors at the University of Cincinnati.
University of Dayton
The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a public relations concentration. Public relations students may enter a variety of fields upon graduation. A minor in communications is also available.
Located in Pepper Pike, Ursuline College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing Communications through its School of Graduate and Professional Studies. It is considered an Adult Accelerated Degree Program, which tailors its coursework to a working adult population. Two internships are required for this major.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Public Relations Degree and Certificate Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Franklin University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Associate of Science in Public Relations
Bachelor of Science in Public Relations
|Kent State University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Public Relations||$10,312 (in-state)*
|Miami University-Oxford||4-year, public; fringe town||Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications||$15,380 (in-state)*
|Ohio Dominican University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations & Marketing Communications||$31,080*|
|Ohio Northern University||4-year, private not-for-profit; fringe town||Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Concentration in Public Relations||$32,260*|
|Ohio State University||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications||$10,726 (in-state)*
|Ohio University||4-year, public; distant town|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Public Advocacy
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Strategic Communication
Master of Arts in Organizational Communication
|$12,192 (in-state undergraduate)*
$21,656 (out-of-state undergraduate)*
$9,720 (in-state graduate)*
$17,712 (out-of-state graduate)
|University of Cincinnati||4-year, public; large city||Public Relations Certificate||$11,000 (in-state)*
|University of Dayton||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Concentration in Public Relations
Minor in Communications
|Ursuline College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing Communications||$32,390*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator