MAs in Public Relations

Compare 13 Masters of Arts in Public Relations

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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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MA in Public Relations

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design
Campus Full time 1 year United Kingdom London

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. [+]

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.

The course has close links to the London-based PR industry, and is one of a select few chosen by the professional body PRCA for its University partnership initiative. These connections with leading PR practitioners help you gain the practical knowledge and understanding you need to work in PR.... [-]


M.A. in Public Relations

Seton Hall University College of Communication and the Arts
Campus Full time January 2018 USA South Orange

The Master of Arts in Public Relations is an accelerated program focused on theories and skills required in reputation management and effective public relations. Between 2010 and 2020, employment of public relations managers and specialists is expected to grow 21 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. Students in this on-campus program are challenged to evaluate cases, create campaigns, and develop applicable research skills. [+]

Overview

The Master of Arts in Public Relations is an accelerated program focused on theories and skills required in reputation management and effective public relations. Between 2010 and 2020, employment of public relations managers and specialists is expected to grow 21 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. Students in this on-campus program are challenged to evaluate cases, create campaigns, and develop applicable research skills.

By the Numbers

30 Credit Program 21% Expected Employment Growth 14 Miles from Heart of the Public Relations Industry 18 Research and Teaching Awards Received by Faculty

Curriculum

The M.A. in Public Relations is a 30-credit, on-campus program focused on the theories and skills required in reputation management and effective public relations. Students are challenged to evaluate cases, create campaigns, and expand their skills and knowledge. The program offers students the opportunity to study advanced concepts, theories, and methods through rigorous coursework designed to prepare students for success in the field. The program offers courses in:... [-]


MA in Marketing and Advertising: Communications & PR

Marbella International University Centre
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years October 2018 Spain Málaga

Develop effective marketing, brand, advertising and PR knowledge and enhance your future career in these fields. [+]

Develop effective marketing, brand, advertising and PR knowledge and enhance your future career in these fields.

Duration: 1 year / 2 years Language: English Programme Title: Marketing & Advertising: Communications & PR Degree Awarded: MA Communications The programme aims to create educated professionals who are able to think critically and know how to efficiently investigate, verify and market information, products and services and who are creative experts in the fields of Marketing, Advertising and Communications.

Key Disciplines Covered:

Communication Strategy Digital Marketing and Advertising Market Research Advertising on Internet Search Engines

The main purpose of this MA programme is to provide its students with a meaningful, high quality and contemporary education based on the acquisition of theoretical knowledge that is applied to practical examples, giving students the chance to either enhance their current career or to take the next academic step in their studies after finalising a BA in order to increase their employability.... [-]


Public Relations and Corporate Communications, MA

University of Greenwich - Business School
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom City of London + 1 more

Our Master's degree is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), the UK's professional body in PR. This helps you demonstrate that you have industry-standard skills, improving your career prospects. [+]

Professional accreditation

Our Master's degree is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), the UK's professional body in PR. This helps you demonstrate that you have industry-standard skills, improving your career prospects.

Guest experts

Based in London, home to world-leading PR agencies including Edelman, Ogilvy and Weber Shandwick, you will benefit from the experience of PR practitioners acting as guest and visiting lecturers. Our academics have close links with industry at home and abroad.

Course structure

You will learn how to help organisations communicate, build stronger relationships and engage with increasingly demanding stakeholders.

This public relations degree has been developed in partnership with the PR industry to provide you with key courses relevant to PR practice. You will have the opportunity to pick from a range of optional courses which will provide you with specific sector knowledge.... [-]


MA in Corporate Communications and Public Relations Management

Kadir Has University
Campus Full time September 2018 Turkey Istanbul

Corporate communication and Public relations have become strategic management tools in this new age of global and information-centered business environments. Corporations and other organizations need human resources trained and qualified in corporate communications to reach their objectives and excel in their fields. This graduate program presents the opportunity to learn applied practical and theoretical knowledge as well as conduct academic research. [+]

Corporate communication and Public relations have become strategic management tools in this new age of global and information-centered business environments. Corporations and other organizations need human resources trained and qualified in corporate communications to reach their objectives and excel in their fields. This graduate program presents the opportunity to learn applied practical and theoretical knowledge as well as conduct academic research.

The language of instruction is Turkish.

The degree is offered in a thesis and a non-thesis track.

Classes are scheduled by taking students’ professional work schedules into consideration.

Why Study at KHAS Corporate Communication and Public Relations M.A. Program? ... [-]

MA Public Relations

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 15 months September 2018 United Kingdom London

A communication plan that adds value: it's what every organisation wants. Develop the advanced skills and theory you'll need for a successful career in public relations and communications on this industry approved course. Graduate with the knowledge and skills to strategically manage reputations and communicate effectively with the people on the inside and the outside of an organisation. [+]

A communication plan that adds value: it's what every organisation wants. Develop the advanced skills and theory you'll need for a successful career in public relations and communications on this industry approved course. Graduate with the knowledge and skills to strategically manage reputations and communicate effectively with the people on the inside and the outside of an organisation.

CONTENT:

Gain a solid grounding in the theory and practice of Public Relations with this highly regarded Masters degree, and accelerate within one of the UK’s most vibrant professions that ranks consistently amongst the top three career choices for new graduates.

Recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), this course will appeal to those who may already be working in the profession and want to progress, those who are seeking a career move, or those wishing to start their career by establishing a strong knowledge base.... [-]


MA in Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Leeds Beckett University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

Learn to engage with a global audience through social media, viral marketing and creative writing at Europe’s largest PR teaching department. [+]

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 has 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. This trend is leading to a greater demand for communications professionals who can plan strategic PR campaigns and implement social media and viral campaigns in order to drive businesses forward in the digital age.

You will be paired with an experienced mentor from industry, who will offer valuable advice on your future career and the latest developments in the field. You will also take on a live public relations consultancy project for a client.... [-]


MA in International Public Relations and Global Communications Management

Cardiff University
Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Cardiff

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

MA in International Public Relations and Global Communications Management

Public relations is a booming industry - even in a recession as other promotional sectors contract, PR has continued to grow year-on-year. The numbers of Public Relations Officers (PROs) now match journalists in the UK and there is a big demand for graduates who have the skills to meet the dynamic changes of this exciting and growing sector.

Public relations specialisms are expanding too, and graduates are gaining jobs in a number of areas including crisis management, corporate social responsibility, media relations, corporate communication, sponsorship and internal comms.

Public relations, at its heart, is about communication between an organisation and its public(s), but 21st Century public relations - with the advent of new media - is embedded in everything from politics and business to celebrity. Gone are the days when PR was an afterthought - it is now firmly at the heart of strategic organisational planning.... [-]


Master of Arts - Lobbying & Public Affairs

Sup de Pub
Campus Full time September 2018 United Kingdom London France Paris + 1 more

London is the European capital where most of the major lobbying consultancies are located. This specialisation offers the opportunity to appreciate in greater depth the universe of PR and political communications. [+]

Master of Arts - Lobbying & Public Affairs

London is the European capital where most of the major lobbying consultancies are located. This specialisation offers the opportunity to appreciate in greater depth the universe of PR and political communications.

An excellent level of both spoken and written English is required.

Jo LYNN

Mentor of the Lobbying & Public Affairs Programme

Jo Lynn is an experienced Public Relations Consultant and Trainer. She began her career in Fleet Street before working for some of the best PR agencies in the world: Burson Marsteller, Good Relations and Lynne Franks. She was also the head of Splash Press Agency for 12 years until she created her own PR agency: Jo Lynn Consultancy.... [-]


MA Public Relations & Corporate Communications

University of Greenwich
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London

Public Relations (PR) has become an increasingly influential management discipline over the last 20 years. The programme provides students with the practical and theoretical skills to enable them to help organisations communicate, build relationships and engage with increasingly demanding stakeholders. [+]

MA Public Relations & Corporate Communications

This programme enhances the skills you need as a PR and communications student seeking to enter the industry. It is focused on developing skills related to communications as a strategic management discipline, it enhances employability and the continuing development of the profession. You will have the opportunity to undertake an internship with an organisation as part of one of your optional courses, Professional Practice.p>

Studied full-time, this is aimed at students with a good first degree seeking to develop more sector-specific, specialist and reflective skills via postgraduate study prior to entering the public relations industry. The programme, when studied part time is aimed at career development for people already in the industry. The MA PR has been developed in close conjunction with the PR industry to provide a platform of key core courses relevant to PR practice alongside a range of optional courses which provide specific sector focus. As it is based in London, a notable feature of the programme is its ability to draw on experienced PR practitioners as guest and visiting lecturers. We are proud to say that in London our Marketing programmes were ranked 1st in student satisfaction and 2nd overall by the Complete University Guide 2016.... [-]


MA Public Relations and Corporate Communications

Kingston University London
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Kingston

Our Public Relations and Corporate Communications MA is designed for people who want to build their careers in internal communications or public relations (PR) and enhance their understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR). [+]

Choose Kingston's Public Relations and Corporate Communications MA

Our Public Relations and Corporate Communications MA is designed for people who want to build their careers in internal communications or public relations (PR) and enhance their understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) – students on the course can apply for student membership. No exams – you will be assessed on your coursework and use it to build a portfolio you will be proud to show recruiters. Internship opportunity at The Fifth Business. Add study at the prestigious Boston University to your programme and gain a dual masters degree. Kingston Business School is one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an 'excellent' rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council. Graduates from this course typically go on to work in senior internal communications, public relations and corporate social responsibility roles. Kingston upon Thames has been rated London's happiest borough and has the lowest crime rate in London, as well as fast transport links to the city centre. Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools. What will you study? ... [-]

Master of Arts: Communication - Corp Comm & PR

Sacred Heart University
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 48 weeks September 2018 USA Fairfield + 1 more

Designed by leaders in the field and members of our advisory board, MACOMM combines classroom learning with hands-on skill development and professional opportunities to prepare students for success in the ever-changing media environment. [+]

‌‌Become a Master Communicator

Powerful stories need powerful storytellers. With concentrations in corporate communication and public relations (CCPR), broadcast and digital journalism (BDJ) and digital multimedia production (DMP) the master’s in communication (MACOMM) program at Sacred Heart University positions its students to stand out as innovative storytellers and content creators in today’s media industry.

Corporate Communication & Public Relations Digital Multimedia Production Broadcast and Digital Journalism‌

Designed by leaders in the field and members of our advisory board, MACOMM combines classroom learning with hands-on skill development and professional opportunities to prepare students for success in the ever-changing media environment. The program is broken into six eight-week modules that offer students a personalized plan of study tailored to their interests and enabling them to master their craft while gaining industry experience. Full-time students finish in one year taking two classes per module while part-time students enroll in one class per module.... [-]


MA in Public Affairs

University of Ghana
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Ghana Accra

Course work will be completed during two long vacation periods. Each of the two year course work will last for six weeks, making it a total of 12 weeks, while two weeks (one week each) will be spent on revision and [+]

MASTER OF ARTS (MA) IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Course work will be completed during two long vacation periods. Each of the two year course work will last for six weeks, making it a total of 12 weeks, while two weeks (one week each) will be spent on revision and examinations, making a total of four weeks. Students will be expected to complete and submit their Special Topics by October of the second year of the programme.

Entry Requirements

i) A good first degree in the social sciences from a recognized University.

ii) A minimum of three years working experience in the private or public sector.

iii) A pass in an entrance examination and an interview.

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