Advisor: Dr. Don Bagin
This program is designed to lead to a master's degree in public relations. It prepares the graduate to serve as a full- or part-time director of communications and public relations for corporations, businesses, schools, hospitals, colleges and non-profit organizations. It also enables the graduate to work for public relations and advertising firms.
Some graduates use the degree as a stepping stone to a doctorate in communications; others apply their skills in positions that require excellent writers or presenters. A number of graduates have become executive directors for non-profit organizations and others have become CEOs of small and large businesses because of their ability to work with and motivate people.
The program focuses on real-world applications of the theories and techniques learned. The program offers two tracks: corporate public relations and school public relations.
The unique modular program allows students to take courses ranging from one-half credit to three credits, taught by full-time faculty and by adjunct faculty members who are practicing the kinds of things they're teaching.
The courses attract a variety of students ranging from recent college graduates to people with years of public relations experience. Highly motivated students from all over the world are attracted to the program and share one goal: to become knowledgeable in the field of public relations and to become the final authority on writing wherever they will be working.
Graduates will probably be bothered more than ever by people who say "between you and I," misuse "it's" and take 47 words to say something that might be more effectively said in 16. Students learn how to prepare materials and come up with ideas that will promote their causes as well as their organizations' needs.
The professors bring years of public relations to the classroom. All full-time faculty members and more the 90% of the adjunct professors have been and continue to be public relations practitioners. One professor's public relation's text is used in more than 150 colleges and universities. One prof was named the outstanding PR educator by the Public Relations Society of America; another one was named one of the top five PR educators by pr reporter, the leading public relations newsletter.
A list of recent master's theses by graduates is available.
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