Curriculum

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):

All core and/or foundation courses—aside from Capstone, which you will take during your final semester of the program—must be completed before you can take elective courses.

You’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that suits your schedule—you can take up to 9 credits per semester and have up to five years to complete the degree.

  • Full-time students typically take three courses during the fall and spring semesters, and two courses during the summer semester.
  • Part-time students typically take one to two courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Focus Areas

The Public Relations & Corporate Communications program offers five focus areas that enable you to tailor your studies and sharpen your expertise in a particular area of study:

  • Cause Communications
  • Corporate Communications
  • Digital Communications
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Public Relations

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 of the master's in Public Relations & Corporate Communications, classes are held at the same times every week at our downtown D.C. campus.
  • Online Format: The online master’s in Public Relations & Corporate Communications 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.

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.