Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations & Corporate Communications

FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Visit the Admissions page for general FAQs related to the application process, tuition, financial aid and more.

You can also view and download the Master of Professional Studies Handbook here.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

How is this program different from other public relations degree programs?
Do you offer weekend courses?
How many students are in each class?
Do you offer any online classes?
What is the timeline for graduation?
How do the specialization tracks in the curriculum work?
Can you do a combination of two programs? How?
Do you offer internship placements?
Could you tell me about the faculty?
Can you transfer credits from another program?
Can I visit the campus and meet with staff and professors?

ONLINE FORMAT-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Is there a difference between the online and on-campus format?
What does an online course format look like?
Will all on-campus courses be available in the online format?
When will these courses be available in the online format?
Can I take both on-campus and online format during my time in the program?
Will the faculty be the same for both the on-campus and online courses?
Will the admissions process be the same for both the on-campus and online format?
How can I determine if my state or country of residence is eligible for the online format?
Can I transfer from being an on-campus student to an online student?


PROGRAM-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

How is this program different from other public relations degree programs?

The MPS in Public Relations & Corporate Communications offers a practical approach to learning where strategic thinking and multifaceted skills converge. In addition to developing responsible communicators in tune with ethical practice, we focus on using the power of communications to make a positive impact in the world.

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Do you offer weekend courses?

We do not offer courses on the weekends. Our courses are currently offered in the evenings during the week, Monday–Thursday.

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How many students are in each class?

Typically, classes are limited to 20–25 students.

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Do you offer any online classes?

Public Relations & Corporate Communications is offered in two different formats: on campus and online. Classes for the on-campus format take place at 640 Massachusetts Avenue, with occasional lectures and assignments offered in a virtual setting. The online format is completely virtual, and students participate in all lectures and assignments directly from their computers. Students currently enrolled in our on-campus format who are interested in transferring to the online format may contact the program staff directly at mpscommunications@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-8700.

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What is the timeline for graduation?

Typically, students finish the program in about two calendar years; students who participate in the program full-time can finish in four semesters (16 months). View sample part-time versus full-time schedule here.

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How do the specialization tracks in the curriculum work?

Courses are grouped into the following focus areas: Cause Communications, Corporate Communications, Digital Communications, Integrated Marketing Communications, and Public Relations. However, students are encouraged to take courses in various tracks.

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Can you do a combination of the two programs? If so, how?

Students are permitted to take up to two courses in an MPS concentration outside of their declared concentration. The courses must be approved by the associate dean of the declared concentration as well as by the associate dean of the concentration the courses are offered in.

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Do you offer internship placements?

The Public Relations & Corporate Communications program does not offer direct internship placements. However, because we have relationships with many organizations, we announce internship and job opportunities in our weekly newsletter.

The program also offers a one-credit internship course each semester for students who are participating in an internship in PR, communications, or a related field. Internship coursework is designed to help students reflect on and learn from the hands-on practical experience.

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Could you tell me about the faculty?

Our faculty members are well-respected professionals from the communications industry. They are selected based on their expertise and level of experience.

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Can you transfer credits from another program?

Up to six credits can be transferred, subject to the dean’s approval. We will need your transcript, the course descriptions, and the syllabi.

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Can I visit the campus and meet with staff?

Absolutely. But please contact us first to schedule your visit and arrange meetings. You can also schedule a class visit to get a firsthand experience of what our program offers.

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ONLINE FORMAT-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Is there a difference between the online and on-campus format?

The learning outcomes are the same for both online and on-campus. The format for how the course is delivered is the only difference. The online format is the same as on-campus, only designed for students who prefer learning in a flexible online community and/or are not located in the D.C. metro area. Both programs are aligned with Georgetown’s Jesuit values and mission.

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What does an online course format look like?

In most cases, courses in the online format will run the full semester: 15 weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters and 13 weeks in the Summer semester.

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Will all on-campus courses be available in the online format?

To date, we will offer the following 10 courses in the online format:

  • MPPR 500: Ethics  
  • MPPR 505: Elements
  • MPPR 755: Digital Communications Strategy  
  • MPPR 870: Communications Research  
  • MPPR 700: Public Relations Writing  
  • MPPR 837: Project Management & Budgeting  
  • MPPR 810: Digital Analytics & Measurement  
  • MPPR 506: Consulting  
  • MPPR 900: Crisis Communications  
  • MPPR 950: Capstone 

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When will these courses be available in the online format?

Effective Spring 2016, the PR/CC program will roll out online courses over five semesters. This means that each semester, two courses will be launched in the online format. The full suite of online courses will be available in Fall 2017. Two additional courses will launch each semester*. The course launch schedule  is below:

  • Spring 2016: Ethics and Elements  
  • Summer 2016: Digital Communications Strategy and Communications Research
  • Fall 2016: Public Relations Writing and Project Management & Budgeting  
  • Spring 2017:  Digital Analytics & Measurement and Consulting
  • Summer 2017:  Crisis Communications and Capstone  

* Please note that these are subject to change based on the requirements of the instructional design process.

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Can I take both on-campus and online format during my time in the program?

Yes, with approval from the Dean. To start this process, please contact PR/CC program staff at mpsprcconline@georgetown.edu if you are an online student.

However, for your planning purposes, please note that the full suite of online courses will not be available until Fall 2017.

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Will the faculty be the same for both the on-campus and online courses?

PRCC selects experts in their particular field to teach all our courses, whether on-campus or online.

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Will the admissions process be the same for both the on-campus and online format?

Yes, the admissions process and criteria are the same for students, regardless of the online or on-campus formats.

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How can I determine if my state or country of residence is eligible for the online format?

Georgetown University is not yet able to offer the online format in every state. Please check your state or country’s eligibility on the Important Policies for Online Students page.

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Can I transfer from being an on-campus student to an online student?

Students have the ability to transfer primary modalities from being an “online-only” student to an “on-campus only” student, and vice versa. Please visit the Student Forms section of the Academic Affairs website. For your planning purposes, please note that the full suite of online courses will not be available until Fall 2017. Based on your current track, your time within the program may be extended.

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