Online Master's in Public Relations & Corporate Communications
Online Course Schedule for Summer 2024

27 Jun 11:30am-1pm ET
SCS Open House Lunch  
23 Jul 12-1pm ET
Public Relations & Corporate Communications Virtual Panel  

Crisis Communications

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” Warren Buffett In today’s world of increased access to information, social media, and global news, responding to a crisis or threat to an organization’s reputation has become more critical and immediate than ever before. Effective crisis communications can prevent or minimize the damage to an organization’s reputation as a result of a crisis. The stakes are high and a strong crisis communicator needs to be prepared, nimble, and responsive. This course is focused on the practical understanding and techniques of crisis communications learned and utilized over years of front-line experience. This class will equip students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to prepare for and respond to incidents, issues, and crises that can threaten an organization’s valuable reputation. Comments: This change is specific to the online section -101 of Crisis Communications.

Note: Students must successfully complete Ethics MPPR 500/5000 and PR Writing MPPR 508/5001 before registering for this course.

  • Course #: MPPR-6059-140
  • CRN: 19775
  • Instructor: Charles, M.
  • Dates: May 20 – Aug 17, 2024


Digital Comm Strategy

This course will teach students to provide a clear understanding of effective Digital Communications Strategies in today's business environment. Students will increase their understanding of how digital communications relate to more traditional marketing and PR tactics, and how to combine them for the best integrated approach. We will review today's digital tools, trends, and tactics; weighing the difference between cool/hip and realistic/effective mediums. Students will leave the course with an increased knowledge and hands-on familiarity of the practical applications of digital communications, and how these lead to success.

Note: Students must successfully complete Research for PR MPPR 502/5002 and Elements of Comm Planning MPPR 505/5003 before registering for this course.

  • Course #: MPPR-6053-140
  • CRN: 20067
  • Instructor: Matt Heim
  • Dates: May 20 – Aug 17, 2024


Elements of Comm Planning

Mastering communications planning is a building block for success in MPS PR/CC and in your career. Students learn the Georgetown way of step-by-step communications planning. The course focuses on each of the elements in-depth and provides opportunities for practice and ultimately mastery. Each element of the model builds on the next starting with the research to create a situational analysis to learning the difference between a goal and objective and strategies and tactics. Students learn how to identify key publics and to create targeted messaging. Evaluation and creating a budget and timeline are also examined. At the end of the course, students understand the planning model and know how to apply it a range of communications challenges. Students are prepared for their capstone experience and other coursework.

Note: Students must successfully complete Research MPPR 502/5002 and PR Writing MPPR 508/5001 before registering for this course.

  • Course #: MPPR-5003-140
  • CRN: 19774
  • Instructor: Dziemian, N.
  • Dates: May 20 – Aug 17, 2024


Media Relations

Effective media and influencer relations are key to relationship building in today's communications landscape. By intimately understanding the news cycle - and the stakeholders within it - a practitioner has the opportunity to educate the public and elevate their client's mission and message. In this course, students will become familiar with multimedia sources and evaluate their impact on public opinion. Further, students will acquire a sophisticated understanding of how information becomes news and break through the clutter to get their clients noticed. Additionally, students will develop techniques that yield success in writing and pitching, including research on beats/segments, headline/subject line writing, newsjacking, social media engagement, and best practices for follow up. Learning Outcomes Across Both Courses: · Analyze the current media landscape for headlines, sentiments, and opportunities to engage. · Demonstrate how to maximize positive coverage or change public opinion. · Apply principles of relationship building to engage with journalists, producers, and influencers. · Develop pitches for multimedia outlets that have the potential to create news. · Create a media relations portfolio of writing samples for resume building and career opportunities.

Note: Students must successfully complete PR Ethics MPPR 500/5000 and PR Writing MPPR 508/5001 before taking this course.

  • Course #: MPPR-6052-140
  • CRN: 16505
  • Instructor: Forrester, A.
  • Dates: May 20 – Aug 17, 2024


PR & Corp Comm Capstone

Capstone is the final academic opportunity to assess and apply your strategic communications skills and knowledge. The course focuses on the comprehensive skills you have built throughout your time in MPS PR/CC by evaluating your writing, strategic thinking, creativity, and ethical framework in a real-time context. During your final challenge, you will apply your strategic communications skills to an existing communications challenge identified by a company/organization of your choosing. Working individually, you will respond to a communication problem or opportunity for your client. At the close of the semester, you will be expected to write and present a well-researched, insightful, creative plan that illuminates how your strategic considerations will lead to positive outcomes for your client. Your plan will tell the story of the original research, implementation plan, timelines and budget necessary to meet the client’s communication goal. Although the primary focus for the semester is on creating a comprehensive plan, there will be in-class assignments to review and diagnose your mastery of specific concepts in strategic communications planning and responsible communication. The capstone experience is intended to ensure you have the strategic skills and confidence necessary to be a leader in responsible communication, and provide a unique networking and career-enhancing opportunity. In addition to the minimum, cumulative grade point average of 3.0 required for graduation from the MPS PR/CC program, you must receive a minimum grade of a B in the capstone course to graduate. Students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, who receive a final grade of a B- or below may receive one opportunity to retake the course, if approved by the associate dean.

Note: Students must earn a "B" or better in this course to meet degree requirements.

  • Course #: MPPR-7990-140
  • CRN: 19778
  • Instructor: Wilson, L.
  • Dates: May 20 – Aug 17, 2024


Public Relations Writing

Despite Internet-driven mass communications' impact on public relations strategies, a core strength of any successful communications professional is a solid understanding of what is newsworthy, coupled with strong writing skills. This course is designed to help students develop professional writing skills expected of PR practitioners, and covers many forms of public relations writing including press releases, statements, public service announcements, media correspondence, media advisories, newsletter articles, fact sheets, and talking points. Good writing takes practice, hard work, discipline, focus and persistence. Through in-class assignments and homework, students will learn to organize and plan their writing both with and without deadline pressure. Successful students will be able to continue in their PR career or pursue a job in public relations with the assurance that they have had professional exposure to a breadth of writing that will serve them well in their professional lives.

  • Course #: MPPR-5001-140
  • CRN: 19772
  • Instructor: Leary, B.
  • Dates: May 20 – Aug 17, 2024


Research Methods for PR

The best ideas are only as good as the research behind them. This statement is top-of-mind for every PR practitioner, and is the key to success for every communications plan. Through this course, students will get in-depth training in executing secondary and primary research and will learn how to obtain actionable insights that can be used to support/guide/inform decision-making within the organization. Beginning with the foundations of audience targeting, as well as hypothesis and research question development, students will learn how to set the stage for meaningful inquiry. Then, students will learn about the different types of primary research and work to uncover key insights that help develop client recommendations. The course will conclude through simulations of real-world research activities, like mock focus groups, Qualtrics surveys, and interviews, as well exploring case studies from today's headlines. By the end of the semester, students will not only be prepared to conduct communications research, but create data-driven solutions that solve today's most pressing communication problems.

  • Course #: MPPR-5002-140
  • CRN: 19773
  • Instructor: Bosco, R.
  • Dates: May 20 – Aug 17, 2024