IUPUI Journalism

About the M.A. in Public Relations


The program is designed to prepare students for public relations management positions in a wide variety of industries. The degree is ideal for those with professional experience who are ready to advance their careers and for professionals from allied disciplines who wish to transition to public relations or further enhance their knowledge and skills.

This is a professional graduate program with all coursework offered at night and on IUPUI’s downtown Indianapolis campus in modern, state-of-the-art facilities. The program is specifically designed for working professionals with three to seven years of experience. The degree requires 34 credit hours and selected coursework is online. No thesis is required, although it is optional. The degree may be completed in two or three years.

This interdisciplinary graduate degree requires courses from the IU Department of Journalism and Public Relations at IUPUI and IU’s Kelley School of Business (Kelley Direct MBA program).

Graduates are prepared for management positions in public relations firms, corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, associations, and health and life sciences organizations.

Students may specialize in three different areas of management:

  • General Public Relations Management
  • Public Relations in Health Care and Life Sciences
  • Sports Public Relations Management


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