MS in Communication: Public Relations

Overview

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

Summer 2015 Course Schedule

Summer Main Session, 5/19-8/26
Summer Session I, 5/19-7/7
Summer Session II, 7/8-8/26

 

Course NumberNameFormatDay/TimeSession Dates
COM 797 Thesis Online TBA 5/19-8/26
COM 798 Special Study Project Online TBA 5/19-8/26
COM 799 Professional Internship Online TBA 5/19-8/26
COM 702 Organizational Communication Online Summer I 5/19-7/7
COM 703 Communication Research Online Summer I 5/19-7/7
COM 704 Corporate Communication Hybrid T. 5/19, 6:30-9 5/19-7/7
COM 722 Crisis Communication Online Summer I 5/19-7/7
COM 725 Advertising Online Summer I 5/19-7/7
COM 731 Video Production Hybrid M. 5/25, 6:30-9 5/19-7/7
COM 743 Integrated Marketing Com & the Internet Online Summer I 5/19-7/7
COM 755 Communication Law Online Summer I 5/19-7/7
COM 756 Health Promotions & Campaigns Online TBA 5/19-7/7
COM 796 Comprehensive Examination Online TBA 5/19-7/7
COM 705 Media Relations Online Summer II 7/8-8/26
COM 706 Global Media Online Summer II 7/8-8/26
COM 738 Persuasion & Public Opinion Online Summer II 7/8-8/26
COM 742 Integrated Marketing Communications Online Summer II 7/8-8/26
COM 744 Integrated Marketing Com Planning Online Summer II 7/8-8/26
COM 761 Communicating in Groups and Teams Online Summer II 7/8-8/26

Fall 2015 Course Schedule

Fall Main Session, 9/8-12/18
Fall Session I, 9/8-10/27
Fall Session II, 10/28-12/16

 

Course NumberNameFormatDay/TimeSession Dates
COM 701 Communication, Ethics, & Society Hybrid M. 9/14, 6:30-9 9/8-12/18
COM 703 Communication Research Hybrid T. 9/15, 6:30-9 9/8-12/18
COM 713 Writing for Public Relations Hybrid R. 9/10, 6:30-9 9/8-12/18
COM 722 Crisis Communication Hybrid W. 9/9, 6:30-9 9/8-12/18
COM 724 International Corporate Communication Hybrid M. 9/14, 6:30-9 9/8-12/18
COM 725 Advertising Hybrid R. 9/17, 6:30-9 9/8-12/18
COM 742 Integrated Marketing Communications Hybrid T. 9/8, 6:30-9 9/8-12/18
COM 796 Comprehensive Examination   TBA 9/8-12/18
COM 797 Thesis   TBA 9/8-12/18
COM 798 Special Study Project   TBA 9/8-12/18
COM 799 Professional Internship   TBA 9/8-12/18
COM 701 Communication, Ethics, & Society Online Fall I 9/8-10/27
COM 703 Communication Research Online Fall I 9/8-10/27
COM 705.B Media Relations Hybrid W. 6:30-9 9/8-10/27
COM 709 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Online Fall 9/8-10/27
COM 713 Writing for Public Relations Online Fall I 9/8-10/27
COM 751 Health Communication Online Fall I 9/8-10/27
COM 705 Media Relations Online Fall II 10/28-12/16
COM 709.B Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Hybrid W. 6:30-9 10/28-12/16
COM 722 Crisis Communications Online Fall II 10/28-12/16
COM 738 Persuasion & Public Opinion Online Fall II 10/28-12/16
COM 750 Intercultural Communication Online Fall II 10/28-12/16
COM 756 Health Promotions & Campaigns Online Fall II 10/28-12/16