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Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs. Become a force in the field of strategic communication with our Master of Arts in Public Relations. Read more

Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs

Become a force in the field of strategic communication with our Master of Arts in Public Relations. You’ll learn what it takes to successfully target individuals and communities through the latest social media and emerging communication technologies. With three tracks to choose from in political communicationsports communication, and strategic public relations, as well as the chance to count prior work experience toward your degree, you can tailor your learning based on your career goals and achievements.

In this program, you will have the chance to:

  • Formulate crisis communication plans, perform speech writing, conduct polls, and learn public diplomacy
  • Develop strategic messaging and media plans for campaign events and sports organizations
  • Become an expert in creating online strategies for brand recognition using social media
  • Apply concepts of user experience design to websites, apps, online content, videos, and mobile communication

Our MA in Public Relations program is incredibly versatile—complete it part-time or full-time, anywhere from one to three years. You'll also have the unique opportunity to travel, taking advantage of our immersive learning experiences abroad in cities such as Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Rosarito, Barcelona, and more.

Ready to effect change? Apply today to our graduate program in Public Relations.

Can't commit to a full master's? Our 16-credit graduate certificate program allows career changers or professionals looking to re-tool in the industry with the credentials and experience necessary to compete for today’s top jobs. Learn more about the Public Relations Certificate.

In Demand in Today’s Market

In a marketplace flooded with information, every organization wants its message to be heard above the noise. That’s why there is such a high demand for skilled communication professionals who can craft and execute compelling communication strategies. Our graduates of the Public Relations program have pursued careers in a wide variety of industries and occupations. No matter your focus area—pharmaceuticals, health and fitness, political campaigns, entertainment, hospitality, financial services, technology or government organizations—a Public Relations degree will have a sustained value during any economic cycle.

Career paths chosen by some of our graduates include:                                         

  • Campaign managers
  • Chief communication officers
  • Communication strategists
  • Directors of digital strategy
  • Directors of executive communication
  • Directors of financial communication
  • Directors of public affairs
  • Directors of corporate social responsibility
  • Online content managers
  • Organizational consultants
  • Political candidates or public affairs officers
  • Press secretaries or government communication directors
  • Social media strategists
  • Speechwriters

Competitive Edge

With the ability to communicate effectively comes the power to bring about positive change. At Emerson, you will learn to analyze and gain meaningful insight into communities, cultures, institutions, and lifestyles, as well as your target audience’s beliefs and values.

Throughout your course of study, you will gain valuable, real-world experience by conducting public opinion polls and organizational social media audits, formulating crisis communication plans, writing speeches, and creating digital content. By investigating the ways in which different types of messaging can engage and persuade, you will leave the program with the skill set and strategic insight required to be a compelling advocate for better business practices, improved policies, and social justices.



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Explore Emerson's Graduate Program. Advance your career in the field of strategic communication with our Public Relations Graduate Certificate. Read more

Explore Emerson's Graduate Program

Advance your career in the field of strategic communication with our Public Relations Graduate Certificate. You’ll learn what it takes to successfully target individuals and communities through the latest social media and emerging communication technologies. Our 16-credit certificate program allows career changes or professionals looking to re-tool in the industry with the credentials and experience necessary to compete for today’s top Public Relations jobs.

Your ability to communicate effectively will give you the power to bring about positive changes within any industry or sector. By learning to gain meaningful insight into your target audience’s beliefs and values you will be able to develop messages that resonate with the communities, cultures, and institutions you serve.

Throughout your course of study, you will gain a valuable foundation in communication technology and research methods. You can also focus the subject of your learning by selecting from a diverse offering of elective courses and courses from our three program tracks: Strategic Public Relations, Political Communication, and Sports Communication. You will leave the program with the skill set and strategic insight needed to advance your career in today's market.

Ready to effect change? Apply today to our graduate certificate program in Public Relations



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Specialize in criminal justice administration, planning and regional development, human services administration, human resources management, local government management, or international development administration. Read more
Specialize in criminal justice administration, planning and regional development, human services administration, human resources management, local government management, or international development administration.

THIS PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM IS ORIENTED TOWARD PRACTITIONERS

We assume that you seek a degree that would facilitate entrance into, or promotion within, the public or private sector. It is also viewed primarily as a terminal degree. After completion, graduates possess the needed background and skills to assume positions as public administrators at local, state, national, and international levels.

Your IUP interdisciplinary graduate degree in public affairs will differentiate you as a critical thinker and skilled analyst of political trends and management techniques. The broad base of knowledge that you acquire will give you an advantage as you seek employment in government, education, business, or interest groups.

MA IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS

-Schedule evening classes to accommodate your work schedule.
-Develop a core competence in methodology, and then choose from among six interdisciplinary specializations to further focus your career aspirations: Criminal justice administration; Planning and regional development; Human services administration; Human resources management; Local government management; International development administration
-Earn academic credit while working with a mentor in the workforce who will help you develop a meaningful internship within your field.

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Gain the intellectual foundation and specialized skills you need to lead change and make a difference in communities around the world. Read more

Gain the intellectual foundation and specialized skills you need to lead change and make a difference in communities around the world.

The Harvard Chan School master of public health degree will provide you with the breadth of knowledge, subject-specific expertise, specialized skills, and powerful global network you need to forge the career you want in public health. Whether you are a medical doctor, an established public health professional, or new to the field of public health, flexible degree formats and an array of options for specific fields of study will provide you with the right mix of grounding in the core disciplines of public health and a specialized focus to meet your individual goals.

Harvard Chan School MPH graduates have achieved some remarkable things. They have led global efforts to eradicate diseases such as smallpox and Guinea worm disease. They have led departments at hospitals and health care agencies. They have become leaders of ministries of health, humanitarian organizations, corporations, academic institutions, and government agencies. They have developed life-saving vaccines. They have served as surgeons, primary care physicians, and veterinarians. They have become best-selling authors. And they have even become heads of state.

The master of public health degree opens an extraordinary number of pathways to a meaningful career. Which one will you choose?



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