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Top Graduate Schools with PR Programs

Degree programs in public relations (PR) can be found as a degree or concentration in a university's communication or professional studies school. New York University (NYU) and the University of Alabama (UA) offer two of the nation's top-rated graduate programs in public relations.

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Top Public Relations Graduate Programs

1. New York University in New York, NY

As the largest private university in the nation, NYU offers numerous programs through its 14 academic divisions from five campus centers throughout Manhattan. NYU was named the 33rd best university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2011.

At the NYU Midtown Center, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communication. After taking the core courses, students choose a concentration in public relations management or corporate organizational communication. The 42-credit hour program can be completed within 4-5 semesters full time or ten semesters part time. For this program, NYU received PRWeek's PR Education Program of the Year award in 2010.

Contact Information

  • Address: 70 Washington Square S., New York, NY 10012
  • Phone Number: (212) 998-1212

2. The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL

UA was established in 1831 as the state's first public college. In 2011, the university was ranked 34th among the nation's top public colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

The College of Communication and Information Sciences' program leading to a Master of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations can be completed in two years with a research thesis and a concentration in advertising or public relations. The program may also be taken as a 1-year professional option without a thesis or concentration. Students take courses in media planning, persuasive communication and visual communication. In 2010, UA was the runner-up in PRWeek's PR Education Program of the Year award.

Contact Information

  • Address: 739 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
  • Phone Number: (205) 348-6010

List of U.S. Schools with Graduate Degree Programs in Public Relations

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
University of Florida 50,691 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611 (352) 392-3261
Michigan State University 47,071 East Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 355-1855
New York University 43,404 70 Washington Square S., New York, NY 10012 (212) 998-1212
University of South Florida 40,022 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620 (813) 974-2011
Florida State University 39,785 600 W. College Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32306 (850) 644-2525
Florida International University 39,610 11200 S.W. Eighth St., Miami, FL 33199 (305) 348-2000
University of Southern California 34,824 University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089 (213) 740-2311
Virginia Commonwealth University 32,172 910 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23284 (804) 828-0100
Boston University 31,960 One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215 (617) 353-2000
The University of Alabama 28,699 739 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (205) 348-6010
George Washington University 25,061 2121 I St., N.W., Washington, DC 20052 (202) 994-1000
Ball State University 21,401 2000 University Ave., Muncie, IN 47306 (765) 289-1241
Webster University 19,372 470 E. Lockwood Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63119 (314) 961-2660
Georgetown University 16,520 37th and O St. N.W., Washington, DC 20057 (202) 687-0100
University of Miami 15,629 Coral Gables, FL 33124 (305) 284-2211
Park University 12,775 8700 N.W. River Park Dr., Parkville, MO 64152 (816) 741-2000
University of Denver 11,644 2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208 (303) 871-2000
Rowan University 11,006 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028 (856) 256-4000
Barry University 8,846 11300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33161 (800) 756-6000
Iona College 4,248 715 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801 (914) 633-2000
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    Areas of study you may find at Boston University include:
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      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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    Areas of study you may find at Michigan State University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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      • Comparative Language Studies and Services
      • Digital, Radio, and Television Communication
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    Areas of study you may find at Towson University include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Communications and Journalism
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      • English Composition
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      • Foreign Language and Literature
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    • Indiana (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Ball State University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Communications and Journalism
      • Communication Studies
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      • Comparative Language Studies and Services
      • Digital, Radio, and Television Communication
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    • New Jersey (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Kean University include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Post Master's Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Communications and Journalism
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      • English Language and Literature
      • Foreign Language and Literature
      • Graphic Communications
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    • California (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Stanford University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Communications and Journalism
      • Communication Studies
      • Comparative Language Studies and Services
      • English Language and Literature
      • Foreign Language and Literature
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    • Massachusetts (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Harvard University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Communications and Journalism
      • Communication Studies
      • Comparative Language Studies and Services
      • English Language and Literature
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