The master of science in public relations program offers students the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in a highly competitive and growing field. The program is designed for early- to mid-career professionals interested in advancing their careers in public relations and/or transitioning into public relations from other fields such as finance, law, healthcare, technology, human resources, journalism and marketing. The program also helps recent graduates with bachelor's degrees in public relations and other disciplines gain a competitive edge as they enter the workforce. Quinnipiac also offers undergraduate students the opportunity to apply for a combined, five-year bachelor's/master's degree program.
Students learn the conceptual and theoretical foundations of public relations, practice how to conduct and analyze public relations research and evaluation, and hone their skills in contemporary public relations practices and techniques. The program stresses professional competence, global consciousness and professional and social responsibility.
Graduates of the program work as public relations specialists in both the public sector and private sector with expertise and skills applicable to corporate, non-profit and government institutions.
Reasons to consider graduate studies in public relations at Quinnipiac:
One-year program (fast-track): Students spend nine months on campus, followed by the completion of a research thesis or professional project in the summer or subsequent terms.
Options for full-time or part-time study: Students may take up to six years to complete the program requirements. Enrolling full-time allows the student to complete the degree in two years, or the student may enroll on a part-time basis to complete the degree in three to six years.
Highly qualified faculty with professional experience: Most courses are taught by full-time members of the faculty, which includes internationally recognized and rising scholars who also have extensive professional experience in the field. Adjunct faculty offer special expertise in their respective practice areas.
Professional connections: The public relations faculty have close ties to industry, offering students opportunities for networking and professional development. The School of Communications also provides students the services of a professional career counselor and internship opportunities. Learn more about graduate career development
Curriculum: Unlike many master's degree programs, in which public relations is one of a number of concentrations in mass communications, this program focuses exclusively on professional practice in public relations. Classes reflect contemporary trends and practices and address emerging issues in the field. Through elective courses and the thesis/project option, students have the opportunity to specialize in areas such as international public relations, investor relations or healthcare public relations.
State-of-the art facilities: The School of Communication was one of the first in the nation to go "high def." Students will study and relax in contemporary surroundings and have access to the latest technologies and research capabilities. Learn more about our facilities