Top Public Relations Graduate Programs

Learn tips for choosing a graduate school to study public relations. Find out what makes a good public relations program, and discover the top three schools with graduate programs in this field. Schools offering Public Relations degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look For in a Top Public Relations Graduate Program?

Top schools in this field usually feature accomplished faculty who have authored books, won awards or amassed an outstanding professional or academic record in public relations. Most highly ranked schools have close links with prominent PR professionals and firms. These schools also provide state-of-the art facilities, such as multi-media rooms, computer labs, and audio and video recording studios.

In addition, most top public relations graduate programs offer students a wide array of opportunities for internships, practicum and independent study with major PR agencies. They may also allow students to specialize in emerging areas of public relations, such as online communities, new media or communication management. The success of a PR program's graduates can also be an indicator of a top tier program.

Three Top Public Relations Graduate Schools

New York University in New York, NY

New York University's (NYU's) program is offered through its School of Continuing and Professional Studies. NYU organizes a Public Relations Master Practitioner Series twice yearly, during which top-level PR professionals discuss topics relevant to the field. This program also allows specializations in public relations management or corporate and organizational communication.

  • Master of Science in Public Relations & Corporate Communication

University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL

Ranked among the top 100 national universities in the nation in 2015, according to U.S. News and World Report, the University of Alabama offers both a 1-year professional and a 2-year research based program through its College of Communication and Information Sciences.

  • Master of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations

University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

Situated in downtown Los Angeles, the University of Southern California (USC) was ranked 23rd among national universities in U.S News and World Report's 2015 college rankings, one of only five institutions in the American West to crack the top 25. USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism offers a program that emphasizes practical applications of PR concepts over communication theory. Annenberg's Strategic Communication and Public Relations Center studies and advances the role of public relations in society and also researches PR best practices.

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Public Relations

Ten Schools that offer Graduate Public Relations Degrees

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
DePaul University 4-year, PrivateChicago, IL
Georgetown University 4-year, PrivateWashington, DC
George Washington University4-year, PrivateWashington, DC
Quinnipiac University4-year, Private Hamden, CT
Ball State University4 year, Public Muncie, IN
Syracuse University4 year, PrivateSyracuse, NY
University of Denver4 year, PrivateDenver, CO
University of Miami 4-year,Private Coral Gables, FL
Boston University4-year, Private Boston, MA
Michigan State University4-year, Public East Lansing, MI

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