Students pursuing a M.A. in Public Relations must have a minimum of six credit hours of undergraduate coursework in public relations or three years of applied experience.
The degree is available online. Online courses require excellent organizational skills, self-direction and motivation to master the challenges of the environment.
Writing proficiency is a necessary element for students who pursue this program. Students will develop both journalistic and the specialized public relations writing skills necessary to delivery key messages to target audiences.
Marjorie Kruvand, a former senior vice president and partner at Fleishman-Hillard, previously received nominations for three Pulitzer Prizes as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She teaches courses in Public Relations.
Gary Ford offers communications consulting to corporate clients and teaches public relations writing. Previously, he worked in corporate communications at SBC/AT&T, the Mayo Clinic and Mallinkrodt, an international manufacturer of healthcare products.
The 36-credit-hour degree can be completed in about 2 1/2 years by taking one class during each of the five, nine-week terms per year. Prior to enrolling, students must have a minimum of six undergraduate credit hours in the field.
The M.A. in public relations is offered at the following location: