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18 Master of Art Programs in Public Relations

A Master of Arts, or MA, is a post-graduate degree available to students in the fine arts and humanities disciplines. Students typically complete and defend a thesis at the end of their degree, but some programs may allow an internship in lieu. What is an MA in Public Relations? This is a rigorous course of study concentrating on the ethical and strategic use of communication in public and commerc… Read more

A Master of Arts, or MA, is a post-graduate degree available to students in the fine arts and humanities disciplines. Students typically complete and defend a thesis at the end of their degree, but some programs may allow an internship in lieu.

What is an MA in Public Relations? This is a rigorous course of study concentrating on the ethical and strategic use of communication in public and commercial contexts. The usual degree plan delves deeply into the philosophies and social sciences of modern communication technology, training students to navigate the public world on behalf of a wide variety of client types such as government agencies, public businesses, celebrities, and more. Potential areas of specialization include corporate and business communication, civic engagement, computational public relations, and interactive communication.

Students graduating with an MA in Public Relations tend to become highly effective public speakers and successful at managing client relationships, and develop above-average critical evaluation skills. These traits enable students to develop stronger, richer social lives and open opportunities for more advanced studies or careers.

It’s common for universities and programs to provide projected budgets based on tuition fees and living expenses. Potential students should always research their programs of interest individually to ensure costs are within their budget.

Career potential for students with an MA in Public Relations is significant. The skills imparted by this degree are in constant demand in the business world and may lead to positions within international firms or locally based organizations wishing to strengthen their public campaigns. Communications specialists, social media managers, marketing managers, digital strategists, communication consultants, and press representatives are common positions for students with this degree, though their skills may also offer opportunities in business leadership as well.

Working students need not sacrifice their careers or family lives to fit education into their schedule. Online programs, weekend classes, and night classes can enable students to complete their MA in Public Relations in as little as two years. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Sacred Heart University Online
Fairfield, USA

With a focus on theory and practice, Sacred Heart University's 100% online Master's in Strategic Communications and Public Relations program will help you gain the knowledge a ... +

With a focus on theory and practice, Sacred Heart University's 100% online Master's in Strategic Communications and Public Relations program will help you gain the knowledge and experience you need to advance your career in as little as two years on a flexible, part-time schedule. This innovative program prepares you to meet the demands of a dynamic media landscape by giving you the professional skills to communicate effectively across a variety of platforms. -
MA
Part-time
2 years
English
Online
 
Unicaf - Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool, United Kingdom

The programme will explore mass communications across a range of media forms including entertainment media, broadcast and digital, public relations, advertising and journalism ... +

The programme will explore mass communications across a range of media forms including entertainment media, broadcast and digital, public relations, advertising and journalism. The programme will address issues of policy, governance, professional practice, international communication flows, digitalisation, political economy, cultural practice and research methods. -
MA
Part-time
3 years
English
Online
 
Ural Federal University
Yekaterinburg, Russia

The main goal of the program – is to train universal specialists in the field of international communications who will be able to work successfully in any field – business, go ... +

The main goal of the program – is to train universal specialists in the field of international communications who will be able to work successfully in any field – business, government organizations, the non-profit sector, education, etc. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2022
24 Dec 2021
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 

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Stafford
Northampton, United Kingdom

The Distance Learning Masters in Media and Public Relations covers the history and development of the media and public relations in different parts of the world and provides a ... +

The Distance Learning Masters in Media and Public Relations covers the history and development of the media and public relations in different parts of the world and provides a theoretical framework for investigating this rapidly changing profession. -
MA
Part-time
24 months
English
Apr 2022
28 Mar 2022
Online
 
University of Public Service
Budapest, Hungary +1 More

This comprehensive program is offered both to Hungarian and foreign citizens. The program delivered in English is synthesizing the methods and approaches of the disciplines of ... +

This comprehensive program is offered both to Hungarian and foreign citizens. The program delivered in English is synthesizing the methods and approaches of the disciplines of The master’s in International Public Service Relations 3-semester long programme aims to train experts to fulfil tasks within international and EU agencies, in the administration of foreign affairs, defence policies, and law enforcement. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
4 semesters
English
Campus
 
Seton Hall University College of Communication and the Arts
South Orange, USA

The Public Relations focused degree program blends theory with practice, providing graduates with tangible skills essential for career growth, including integral research, pla ... +

The Public Relations focused degree program blends theory with practice, providing graduates with tangible skills essential for career growth, including integral research, planning, implementation and evaluation tactics in the context of ongoing change, issue and reputation management for organizations of all sizes. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Emerson College
Boston, USA

Historically named the first communication program in the United States, Emerson’s Public Relations (MA) will teach you to analyze, communicate with, and gain meaningful insig ... +

Historically named the first communication program in the United States, Emerson’s Public Relations (MA) will teach you to analyze, communicate with, and gain meaningful insight into communities, cultures, institutions, and lifestyles, while supporting your audience’s beliefs and values. Gain real-world experience by conducting public opinion polls and organizational social media audits, formulating crisis communication plans, writing speeches, and creating digital content. By investigating the ways in which different types of messaging can engage and persuade, you will leave the program with the skill set and strategic insight required to be a compelling advocate for better business practices, improved policies, and social justice. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Jan 2022
01 Nov 2021
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds, United Kingdom

Gain the expertise to operate within a global economy and develop your writing and presentation skills to engage with audiences across the world on this accredited course. The ... +

Gain the expertise to operate within a global economy and develop your writing and presentation skills to engage with audiences across the world on this accredited course. The use of the internet, mobile technology and social media have had a huge impact on our lives and the way we communicate? information is quite literally available at our fingertips and word of mouth is spreading faster than ever before. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
24 Jan 2022
Campus
 
HMKW
Berlin, Germany +1 More

The 2-year consecutive Master’s program M.A. Public Relations and Digital Marketing enables to work professionally in a broad range of new communication fields, which emerge t ... +

The 2-year consecutive Master’s program M.A. Public Relations and Digital Marketing enables to work professionally in a broad range of new communication fields, which emerge through the digital trans­forma­tion process of our society and culture. -
MA
Full-time
24 months
English, German
Campus
 
Cardiff University
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Public relations is a booming industry - even in a recession as other promotional sectors contract, PR has continued to grow year-on-year.

Public relations is a booming industry - even in a recession as other promotional sectors contract, PR has continued to grow year-on-year. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom

This course is designed to produce the future leaders of the Public Relations Industry. You will not only learn the practical skills required to embark on a career in PR but a ... +

This course is designed to produce the future leaders of the Public Relations Industry. You will not only learn the practical skills required to embark on a career in PR but also the research and analysis skills that will help you get ahead. You will create campaigns, pitch to clients, stage a press conference and create videos and blogs, as well as write research reports, essays and a dissertation. You will also explore issues affecting the industry, such as professional ethics and the impact of digital media. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Richmond The American International University in London
Kensington, United Kingdom

The MA in Advertising and Public Relations prepares students to kickstart an exciting creative career in the advertising and PR industry. The programme is taught in Kensington ... +

The MA in Advertising and Public Relations prepares students to kickstart an exciting creative career in the advertising and PR industry. The programme is taught in Kensington – the vibrant and prestigious borough of Central London. The city is a hub, at the forefront of digital innovation, disruptive tech and home for some major advertising companies such as the WPP Group, Ogilvy & Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi, that offers bright students immediate work opportunities or internships after completing their degree. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom

Whether you want a strategic understanding of social media, refined creative skills through professional writing or the sensitivity of the communications to make an entreprene ... +

Whether you want a strategic understanding of social media, refined creative skills through professional writing or the sensitivity of the communications to make an entrepreneurial impact, the MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) is ideal. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, USA

We assume that you seek a degree that would facilitate entrance into, or promotion within, the public or private sector. It is also viewed primarily as a terminal degree. Afte ... +

We assume that you seek a degree that would facilitate entrance into, or promotion within, the public or private sector. It is also viewed primarily as a terminal degree. After completion, graduates possess the needed background and skills to assume positions as public administrators at local, state, national, and international levels. Your IUP interdisciplinary graduate degree in public affairs will differentiate you as a critical thinker and skilled analyst of political trends and management techniques. The broad base of knowledge that you acquire will give you an advantage as you seek employment in government, education, business, or interest groups. -
MA
English
 
University Of Colorado Boulder Connect Graduate School
Boulder, USA

In the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Media Design, you’ll learn how to generate ideas and solve problems for brands and issues through a design thinking pro ... +

In the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Media Design, you’ll learn how to generate ideas and solve problems for brands and issues through a design thinking process grounded in analytical and creative thought. With the explosion of digital and social media, there’s never been a more exciting time to work in the rapidly growing field of strategic communication. -
MA
English
Online