Master of Science in Public Relations – Online/Professional Track

Program Contact: Laura Willis  203-582-7805

The Master of Science in Public Relations—online/professional track is geared toward early- to mid-career professionals who are interested in advancing their careers in public relations and/or transitioning into public relations from complementary fields such as finance, health, technology, human resources, journalism, marketing and law.

The overriding goal of the program is to develop professionally competent, socially responsible and globally conscious graduates who are familiar with the conceptual and professional foundations of public relations, capable of assessing and applying public relations research, and skilled in contemporary public relations practices and techniques. In keeping with Quinnipiac University’s mission, graduates of this online program will be prepared to make contributions as responsible professionals and community leaders in a culturally diverse society.

The online program prepares students for the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) exam from the Public Relations Society of America. The core courses are aligned with the 10 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) areas tested in the APR exam.

Students admitted to the Master of Science in Public Relations – online/professional track enroll on a part-time basis. Students must complete a 3-credit Capstone project.

Also available is a social media track for students who want to specialize their degree. Students who choose the social media track take courses that cover social media practices, social and web analytics and strategic planning. In this track, students learn the fundamental practices that have led to the rise of social media and how to deploy them across multiple platforms and disciplines. Students who complete this track have a firm understanding of the role social media plays in today’s communications landscape as well as the tools to deploy new solutions as this media continues to grow and evolve.