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Public Relations Courses New York City with Certificate Overviews

Feb 15, 2019

The New York City area has about three schools that offer public relations programs within 25 miles of downtown. Learn about the certificate options, program requirements and admission policies at these colleges to make an informed education decision.

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New York City Public Relations Schools

Individuals looking for public relations certificate programs from accredited colleges or universities in New York City (NYC) can find about three options--all at private institutions. Read an overview of the focus areas and coursework required in the schools' programs below. There's also a table of various facts and figures that provides even more details on the featured institutions.

  • Iona College is a Catholic-affiliated school in New Rochelle, NY, offering a graduate certificate program in nonprofit public relations as well as a post-graduate degree. The campus is 16 miles from downtown NYC.
  • Those preferring a large, non-religious university in NYC can find a public relations certificate program for degree- and non-degree-seeking students at New York University, which is located roughly two miles from the city center.
  • For those who prefer a more intimate setting, the Brooklyn campus of St. Joseph's College has a marketing, advertising and public relations certificate program for adult students. The school is situated around four miles from New York City's downtown area.

Comparison of Schools

Explore the tuition rates, financial aid figures, acceptance rates and more in the following table. The stats on the profiled colleges might just help you decide which one best suits your educational preferences and needs.

Iona College New York University St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn)
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 3,792* 51,123* 1,176*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $37,682* $50,464* $26,550*
% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2016-2017) 99%* 45%* 99%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 92%* 28%* 68%*
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) 75% for full-time students* 93% for full-time students* 82% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students who began in Fall 2011) 64%* 84%* 71%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Iona College

The Mass Communication Department at this college's School of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs. Nine full-time faculty members, teach in this department. They also offer a mass communications degree with a specific concentration in public relations.

Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Public Relations

Iona College offers this program online to individuals with educational backgrounds in communications, management or business. All students in this program complete a foundational course in nonprofit public relations. The additional two courses are chosen by the student and can include integrated marketing communication, promotional campaigns, writing for organizations or media relations. Students can apply the nine credits required to complete this program to the college's Master of Arts degree program in public relations.

Master of Arts in Public Relations

Iona College offers a Master of Arts in Public Relations for those who wish to continue their studies. The 36-credit curriculum includes courses on corporate communications, fundraising and communication theories. Students are also required to pass a thesis project or take a comprehensive exam.

New York University (NYU)

NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers certificates to those not enrolled in any of the university's degree programs. One is offered in the area of public relations.

Certificate in Strategic Media Communications

Four classes are required to complete this program. All students complete two classes that teach the principles of public relations and writing across media. Additionally, students must select two courses from those in international public relations, media relations, social media marketing analytics and corporate social responsibility.

St. Joseph's College

Adult learners can complete for-credit certificate programs and bachelor's programs through the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Programs are offered at the college's Brooklyn campus and also on its Suffolk campus in Patchogue on Long Island.

Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising Certificate

All students in this program complete three required courses that cover the fundamentals of public relations, marketing and advertising. Students can then choose an elective course that focuses on their individual interests, such as consumer behavior, marketing research or graphic design.

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