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
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
Concentration Courses
COM713 Writing for Public Relations 3
COM721 Principles of Public Relations 3
COM722 Crisis Communication 3

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

Course Schedule

<strong>Course Schedule</strong>

Spring Main Session, 1/19-5/10
Spring Session I, 1/19-3/8
Spring Session II, 3/22-5/10
Course NumberNameFormatDay/TimeSession Dates
COM 702 Organizational Communication Hybrid W. 1/20, 6:30-9 1/19-5/10
COM 703 Communication Research Hybrid T. 1/26, 6:30-9 1/19-5/10
COM 709 Negotiations & Conflict Research Hybrid T. 1/19, 6:30-9 1/19-5/10
COM 738 Persuasion & Public Opinion Hybrid M. 1/25, 6:30-9 1/19-5/10
COM 796 Comprehensive Examination Online TBA 1/19-5/10
COM 797 Thesis Online TBA 1/19-5/10
COM 798 Special Study Project Online TBA 1/19-5/10
COM 799 Professional Internship Online TBA 1/19-5/10
COM 701 Communication, Ethics, & Society Online Spring I 1/19-3/8
COM 709 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Online Spring I 1/19-3/8
COM 713 Writing for Public Relations Online Spring I 1/19-3/8
COM 758 Branding Health Services Online Spring I 1/19-3/8
COM 703 Communication Research Online Spring II 3/22-5/10
COM 721 Principles of Public Relations Online Spring II 3/22-5/10
COM 725 Advertising Online Spring II 3/22-5/10
Summer Main Session, 5/17-8/24
Summer Session I, 5/17-7/5
Summer Session II, 7/6-8/24
Course NumberNameFormatDay/TimeSession Dates
COM 797 Thesis (Prereq: COM 703) Online TBA 5/17-8/24
COM 798 Special Study Project (Prereq: COM 703) Online TBA 5/17-8/24
COM 799 Professional Internship Online TBA 5/17-8/24
COM 703 Communication Research Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
COM 704 Corporate Communication Hybrid W. 5/18, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 5/17-7/5
COM 705 Media Relations Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
COM 722 Crisis Communications Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
COM 725 Advertising Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
COM 730 Graphic Design for the Marketplace Hybrid T. 5/17, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 5/17-7/5
COM 731 Video Production Hybrid M. 5/23, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 5/17-7/5
COM 742 Integrated Marketing Communications Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
COM 755 Communication Law Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
COM 756 Health Promotions & Campaigns Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
COM 796 Comprehensive Examination (Prereq COM 703) Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
COM 702 Organizational Communication Online Summer II 7/6-8/24
COM 706 Global Media Online Summer II 7/6-8/24
COM 738 Persuasion & Public Opinion Online Summer II 7/6-8/24
COM 743 Integrated Marketing Com & the Internet Online Summer II 7/6-8/24
COM 761 Communicating in Groups and Teams Online Summer II 7/6-8/24
Fall Main Session, 9/6-12/16
Fall Session I, 9/6-10/25
Fall Session II, 10/26-12/14
Course NumberNameFormatDay/TimeSession Dates
COM 701 Communication, Ethics, & Society Hybrid M. 9/12, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 9/6-12/16
COM 703 Communication Research Hybrid T. 9/6, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 9/6-12/16
COM 713 Writing for Public Relations Hybrid R. 9/8, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 9/6-12/16
COM 722 Crisis Communication Hybrid W. 9/7, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 9/6-12/16
COM 724 International Corporate Communication Hybrid M. 9/19, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 9/6-12/16
COM 725 Advertising Hybrid R. 9/15, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 9/6-12/16
COM 742 Integrated Marketing Communications Hybrid T. 9/13, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 9/6-12/16
COM 796 Comprehensive Examination
Prereq: COM 703
Online TBA 9/6-12/16
COM 797 Thesis
Prereq: COM 703, Instructor Permission
Online TBA 9/6-12/16
COM 798 Special Study Project
Prereq: COM 703
Online TBA 9/6-12/16
COM 799 Professional Internship Online TBA 9/6-12/16
COM 701 Communication, Ethics, & Society Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
COM 703 Communication Research Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
COM 709 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
COM 713 Writing for Public Relations Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
COM 721 Principles of Public Relations Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
COM 751 Health Communication Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
COM 705 Media Relations Online Fall II 10/26-12/14
COM 722 Crisis Communication Online Fall II 10/26-12/14
COM 738 Persuasion & Public Opinion Online Fall II 10/26-12/14
COM 750 Intercultural Communication Online Fall II 10/26-12/14
COM 756 Health Promotions & Campaigns Online Fall II 10/26-12/14