MS in Communication: Public Relations

Overview

Master of Science in Communication

Developing relationships with the media, the government, and the community at large is an indispensable function at a wide range of businesses and organizations. By earning a public relations degree, you will develop knowledge and skills in legal and ethical issues, analytics, theory, and creative practice to become a leader in any organization or PR firm.

The 36 credits of coursework includes:

  • 21 credits of the core MS in Communication curriculum
  • 9 credits of Public Relations concentration courses
  • 6 credits of Communication electives
  • Capstone internship, research project, thesis, or comprehensive examination

Curriculum

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Concentration Courses
COM713 Writing for Public Relations 3
COM721 Principles of Public Relations 3
COM722 Crisis Communication 3
MSC Core Requirements
COM701 Communication, Ethics, & Society 3
COM702 Organizational Communication 3
COM703 Communication Research 3
COM705 Media Relations 3
COM709 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution 3
COM738 Persuasion & Public Opinion 3
Choose 1 from the following:
COM796 Comprehensive Examination 3
COM797 Thesis 3
COM798 Special Study Project 3
COM799 Professional Internship 3

Two Electives: 6 credits
Students may take any courses offered at the graduate level to fulfill their elective credits

Course Schedule

Fall 2017

Main Session, 9/5 - 12/15
Fall Session I, 9/5 - 10/24
Fall Session II, 10/25 - 12/13

Course NumberNameFormatInstructorDay/TimeSession Dates
COM 701 Communication, Ethics & Society Hybrid: 1st on-campus meeting 9/11 Laramee, Michael M 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 9/5 - 12/15
COM 703 Communication Research Hybrid: 1st on-campus meeting 9/5 Rizzo, Ricci T 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 9/5 - 12/15
COM 713 Writing for Public Relations Hybrid: 1st on-campus meeting 9/7 TBA R 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 9/5 - 12/15
COM 796 Comprehensive Examination
Prereq: COM 703 Min Grad: B-
Online Barrett, Janice Main Session 9/5 - 12/15
COM 798 Special Study Project
Prereq: COM 795 Min Grad: B-
Online Laramee, Michael Main Session 9/5 - 12/15
COM 799 Professional Internship Online Quinn, Kate Main Session 9/5 - 12/15
COM 703 Communication Research Online Rizzo, Ricci Session I 9/5 - 10/24
COM 709 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Online Santos, Jovonte Session I 9/5 - 10/24
COM 713 Writing for Public Relations Online O'Connor, Jo Session I 9/5 - 10/24
COM 751 Health Communication Online Greene, Neil Session I 9/5 - 10/24
COM 722 Crisis Communication Online Barrett, Janice Session II 10/25 - 12/13
COM 738 Persuasion & Public Opinion Online Alland, Helene Session II 10/25 - 12/13

SUMMER 2017

Summer Main Session, 5/16-8/25
Summer Session I, 5/16-7/5
Summer Session II, 7/6-8/25

Course NumberNameFormatInstructorDay/TimeSession Dates
COM 797 Thesis (Prereq: COM795) Online Janbek, Dana Online 5/16-8/25
COM 799 Professional Internship Online Burrows, Sarah Online 5/16-8/25
COM 701 Communication, Ethics & Society Online Janbek, Dana Session I 5/16 - 7/5
COM 722 Crisis Communication Hybrid Barrett, Janice W 6:30PM - 9:00 PM 5/16 - 7/5
COM 730 Graphic Design for the Marketplace Hybrid Shaftel, Lisa R 6:30PM - 9:00 PM 5/16 - 7/5
COM 743 Integrated Marketing Com & the Internet Online Lopez-Preciado, Luis Session I 5/16 - 7/5
COM 796 Comprehensive Examination (Prereq: COM703) Online Barrett, Janice Session I 5/16 - 7/5
COM 702 Organizational Communication Online Laramee, Michael Session II 7/6 - 8/25
COM 705 Media Relations Online Janbek, Dana Session II 7/6 - 8/25
COM 706 Global Relations Online Janbek, Dana Session II 7/6 - 8/25
COM 738 Peruasion & Public Opinion Online Lopez-Preciado, Luis Session II 7/6 - 8/25

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell College's Communication graduate degree or certificate programs must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate through academic background and/or work experience the ability to succeed in graduate studies. GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission. The TOEFL may be waived for international applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. All other applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.

Admission Requirements Checklist:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts of all college-level coursework*
  3. Two professional letters of recommendation from either faculty or employers
  4. A one page personal statement describing your goals, strengths and potential for achievement in graduate school
  5. Resume

*A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended for recent college graduates withfewer than 3 years of professional work experience.

Materials should be addressed to:
The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell College
1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466