Overview

The program offers two tracks. The 30-credit thesis track program provides an opportunity to supplement a working foundation and knowledge with pertinent theory and research methodologies. A second 36-credit, coursework-only non-thesis track program builds from a foundation of public relations and communication courses. 

 

Admission Requirements

The following is a list of the required conditions as well as the required documents/fees for your application for admission to the Master of Arts degree program in the School of Communication. 

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • The School's official application
  • An $85.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 500-word typed statement of academic and professional goals
  • Official transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate. 
    • Note: In addition, international applicants must send an official copy of their diploma for all degrees earned, and all documentation that confers their degree, with English translation for all degrees earned. 
    • Note: All transcripts must be the original document, forwarded directly from the university: Xerox copies, true copies, notarized copies and other types of copies are not acceptable.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores
    • Note: Only for international applicants.
  • Copy of current passport
    • Note: Only for international applicants. The name entered on the graduate application must exactly match your name as it appears on your passport.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores is not required but encouraged.

Contact the Office of Graduate Studies, call 305-284-5236 or email (socgrad@miami.edu), for information. 

Curriculum Requirements - Thesis Track

Required Communication and Public Relations Core Courses 1
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
or COM 603 Qualitative Research Methodologies
STC 620Public Relations Fundamentals3
STC 621Writing for Public Relations3
Public Relations Electives
Select four of the following:12
Design for Strategic Communication
Crisis Communication and Management
Media Relations
Cases in Public Relations Administration
Sports, Publicity, and Promotions
Public Relations Management
Special Topics Seminar in Public Relations
Seminar in Public Relations and Political Campaigns
Non-Profit and Public Information Campaigns
Advanced Research Methods for Public Relations
Seminar in Public Relations Ethics
Strategic Communication in Health Care
Corporate Communication and Public Relations
International Public Relations
Public Relations Practicum I
Advanced Projects and Directed Research in Public Relations 2
Thesis
COM 810Master's Thesis6
Total Credit Hours30

Curriculum Requirements - Professional (Non-thesis) Track

Required Communication and Public Relations Core Courses 1
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
or COM 603 Qualitative Research Methodologies
STC 620Public Relations Fundamentals3
STC 621Writing for Public Relations3
STC 622Design for Strategic Communication3
Public Relations Electives
Select five of the following:15
Crisis Communication and Management
Media Relations
Cases in Public Relations Administration
Sports, Publicity, and Promotions
Public Relations Management
Special Topics Seminar in Public Relations
Seminar in Public Relations and Political Campaigns
Non-Profit and Public Information Campaigns
Advanced Research Methods for Public Relations
Seminar in Public Relations Ethics
Strategic Communication in Health Care
Corporate Communication and Public Relations
International Public Relations
Public Relations Practicum I
Advanced Projects and Directed Research in Public Relations
Electives
6 elective credit hours must be taken outside the School of Communication’s Public Relations program, with approval of the program’s graduate coordinator.6
Continuous Registration--Master's Study
Total Credit Hours36

Sample Plan of Study

Thesis Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
COM 601 Theories of Communication 3
COM 602 Methods of Communication Research 3
STC 620 Public Relations Fundamentals 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
STC 621 Writing for Public Relations 3
Public Relations Elective 3
Public Relations Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
Public Relations Elective 3
Public Relations Elective 3
COM 810 Master's Thesis 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
COM 810 Master's Thesis 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours30

Sample Plan of Study

 Professional (Non-thesis) Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
COM 601 Theories of Communication 3
STC 620 Public Relations Fundamentals 3
STC 622 Design for Strategic Communication 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
COM 603 Qualitative Research Methodologies 3
STC 621 Writing for Public Relations 3
Public Relations Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
Public Relations Elective 3
Public Relations Elective 3
Outside Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
Public Relations Elective 3
Public Relations Elective 3
Outside Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours36

Mission

The Public Relations Program mission is to prepare professional communicators who understand and can demonstrate the use of theory, research, planning and evaluation in effective public relations practice. We are committed to building students’ ability to apply ethical principles to decision-making and to perceive each communication and its intended audience holistically, based on an understanding of and appreciation for cultural and other differences. We also seek to nurture students’ analytic and creative skills with the goal of graduating insightful, resourceful citizens of a global society.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the public relations discipline.
  • Students will demonstrate that they can write effectively for public relations.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and present public relations strategies and plans clearly and effectively.