Master's in Public Relations & Corporate Communications


While the SCS campus remains closed, on-campus classes will continue to be held remotely. These courses usually run during their regularly scheduled time and are held in synchronous sessions conducted via Zoom. Students should work with their academic advisors to develop course schedules that meet their academic and personal needs.

To earn an MPS in Public Relations & Corporate Communications, you must successfully complete 10 courses (30 credits total), including:

  • 2 core courses (6 credits total):
    • Conversations in Ethics
    • Capstone
  • 3 foundation courses (9 credits total):
    • Elements of Communications Planning
    • Public Relations Writing
    • Communications Research
  • 5 elective courses (15 credits total):

Program Formats

The Public Relations & Corporate Communications program is available in both an online format and an on-campus format. You can opt to take classes online, on campus, or through a combination of both.

  • On-Campus Format: In the on-campus format, classes are held at the same times every week at our downtown D.C. campus.
  • Online Format: The online master’s has the same curriculum as the on-campus format and offers access to all of the same University resources. In this format, you’ll be able to watch lectures and complete assignments on your own schedule.

You’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that suits your schedule. You can take up to 12 credits per semester and complete the degree in as little as 12 months, or you can take as little as one course per semester and complete it in five years. Here are what other students typically do:

  • Full-time students typically take 9 credits (3 courses) during the fall and spring semesters, and 6 credits (2 courses) during the summer semester.
  • Part-time students typically take 3 to 6 credits (1 to 2 courses) during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Connecting with the Industry

Throughout your time in the program, you'll have ample opportunities to work with real-world clients from corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Capstone projects, coursework, and other client engagements provide you with hands-on experience while helping you build a professional network of leading communications experts.

Our students have worked with:

  • American Red Cross
  • Amnesty International
  • Aramark
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington
  • Center for Nonprofit Leadership
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • College Bound
  • Facebook
  • FleishmanHillard
  • Gallaudet University
  • Global Action for Children
  • Kennedy Center Arts Edge
  • Leadership Greater Washington
  • Life Pieces to Masterpieces
  • Lombardi Cancer Center
  • Microsoft
  • National Crime Prevention Council
  • NIKE
  • Ogilvy
  • Stellar Winery
  • The Global Compact
  • The Good Samaritan Foundation
  • UN Global Compact
  • Volvo
  • Washington Humane Society

In addition to client work, you'll gain exposure to industry leaders in the classroom through exclusive guest speakers.


All programs offered by Georgetown University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.