Public Relations (M.A. - Non-Thesis)

This joint degree program allows students to earn a J.D. and and M.A. in Public Relations in 3 to 3 1/2 years. Students complete a total of 109 credit hours for the joint degree. This program will allow 9 J.D. credit hours to be applied to the M.A. degree and 6 M.A. credit hours to be applied to the J.D. degree, saving the student 15 credit hours between the two programs. This program is focused on public relations with 15 credit hours of required courses and 12 credit hours of elective courses (plus 9 credit hours that will be transferred from the School of Law). Public Relations students must receive a “B” or higher in core courses (COM 601COM 602 OR COM 603, STC 620, STC 621, STC 622).

Curriculum Requirements

Including 6 elective credits from MA program
Law Electives Taken in Fulfillment of Both Degrees9
Required Communication and Public Relations Core Courses
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Foundations of Quantitative Communication Research Methods3
or COM 603 Qualitative Research Methodologies
STC 620Public Relations Fundamentals3
STC 621Writing for Public Relations3
STC 622Design for Strategic Communication3
Public Relations Electives12
Select four of the following:
Crisis Communication and Management
Media Relations
Cases in Public Relations Administration
Sports, Publicity, and Promotions
Public Relations Management
Special Topics in Public Relations
Social Media Strategies
Advanced Research Methods for Public Relations
Social Media Analytics
Strategic Communication in Health Care
Corporate Communication and Public Relations
International Public Relations
Public Relations Practicum I
Total Credit Hours109