MA in Public Relations

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Online Courses
2 Years
Time to Completion
Cost Per Credit
Credit Hours Required

Combine classroom learning with hands-on experience

Learn how to identify communications problems and implement real-world solutions—in real time. Work directly with public relations clients to gain valuable professional experience. Become a leader ready to advance your career with Webster’s MA in Public Relations. Graduate prepared to:

Designed for forward-thinking PR professionals

Advance your career

Acquire insights into how entrepreneurship, ethical frameworks and globalization shape the current and future practice of public relations. Graduate ready to lead with Webster’s MA in Public Relations. Our program is ideal for working professionals who seek to:

Gain professional experience

Learn in the classroom and beyond it with Webster’s MA in Public Relations. Receive one-on-one attention from professionals and pursue internship opportunities through our Center for Portfolio Development to enhance your knowledge and learn how to:

Classes focused on the future of communication

You must complete 36 hours to graduate with your MA in Public Relations.

Core Courses (27 credit hours)

The 36 credit hours required for the MA in Public Relations must include the required core courses.

  • International Communications
  • Media and Culture
  • Media Communications
  • Media Organization and Regulations
  • Media Research
  • Public Relations
  • Seminar in Media Communications
  • Strategic Communication Applications
  • Writing for Public Relations or Speech Writing

Elective Courses (9 credit hours)

In addition to the nine core courses, MA students can choose three elective courses offered in School of Communications majors.

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Designed to fit your life

Webster’s 100% online format provides the flexibility you need to earn your MA in Public Relations on your schedule. Make progress toward your master’s while keeping your life’s other obligations in balance.

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Rise in your public relations career

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of media and communications professionals is projected to grow at least 14% from 2020 to 2030. Graduate with your MA in Public Relations prepared for positions like:

Corporate Communications Director


Average annual salary (National, May 2020)

Public Relations and Fundraising Manager


Average annual salary (National, 2020)

Public Relations Specialist


Average annual salary (National, 2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale

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Achieve your personal and professional goals

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Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your MA in Public Relations.

An education nationally recognized for quality

Earn your MA in Public Relations from Webster, a private, non-profit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and ranked #16 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” list in the Midwest Regional University category.

Professors. Professionals. Mentors.

Gain real-world knowledge from faculty experts with professional experience. Our professors serve as mentors eager to support your career goals and connect you to opportunities, including internships and jobs.

Hear from one of our students

The classes in my program focused on learning by doing. I’m not just told to memorize how to do public relations, I am asked to do projects that reflect what I will do in my career.

- Emily Fry
BA in Public Relations