There are no schools in North Carolina that offer graduate programs specific to public relations (PR). However, students interested in the subject can find two graduate degree programs that feature coursework in PR. North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina both offer master's degree programs in the communications field that serve to prepare students for future employment in public relations. Completion of research projects, a thesis, a comprehensive exam, and/or an internship may be required.
Read to learn more about the schools in North Carolina to offer graduate programs related to public relations.
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
North Carolina State University at Raleigh enrolls more than 34,000 students and has been recognized by the Princeton Review as a best value for students. The school offers a Master of Science in Communication through its Department of Communications. The program enrolls 35-45 students each semester and can be pursued on a full- or part-time basis. Students build solid research skills and prepare for a career in public relations through courses in public relations theory, political communications, international public relations, rhetorical theory, social networks, crisis communication and non-profit marketing and public relations.
Students are also required to complete comprehensive written and oral exams and have the option to participate in internship experiences. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available for this program; students who are considering advancing to PhD programs may wish to follow the thesis option to sharpen their research and writing skills. North Carolina State University also allows students to earn this master's degree as part of an accelerated dual degree program in which they can earn a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Communication within five years.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Located in Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina offers a Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a professional track in strategic communication - a concentration that readies students for careers in public relations, advertising, journalism or broadcasting settings. The program is designed for completion in two years and combines theory with hands-on experience. While the coursework focuses on public relations and advertising, the program includes classes in business and organizational communication. An inclusive written exam is required, as well as a thesis or comprehensive project or article series.
The program enrolls about 25-30 graduate students, and fellowship funding is provided to approximately 10-11 students in the master's degree program each year. The school also features cutting-edge classrooms and media labs and equipment for student use. Students are encouraged to enjoy the benefits of membership in the Public Relations Student Society of America, which has monthly meetings where graduate students can interact with their peers, as well as professionals in the field.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Public Relations Programs Available||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||Four-year, public; large city||Master of Science in Communication|| $11,495 in-state
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Four-year, public; small city||Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Strategic Communications|| $12,212 in-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator.