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Strategic Communication/Public Relations Concentration

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You’ll Always Have A Plan

Prepare to take on advanced management roles and become the communications authority for your organization as you build critical skills in public relations. Take the 9 credits over 3 courses that make up the Strategic Communication/Public Relations concentration.

Gain Career-Ready Skills

In the Strategic Communication/Public Relations concentration you’ll use a new global perspective to master crisis communications in the 21st Century, and learn how to build an integrated strategy that properly identifies, then involves, all key stakeholders. By the end of the program you understand specifically how to:

  • Use your understanding of the key issues in managing organizational relationships with stakeholders to gain buy-in and create messaging faster and more effectively
  • Develop plans tailored to the unique needs of specific publics so they are readily heard and acted upon
  • Create responses to organizational crises in an ethical way
  • Understand and overcome global challenges associated with strategic communication initiatives

Careers in Public Relations

Within the communications field, public relations is a specialty that demands nuanced skills and experience. Given the ease of sharing news and reaching numerous publics at once, it’s also a growing field — the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment in public relations to grow faster than average over the next 10 years.

Public Relations Specialist

Earning a communications degree with a PR concentration is a smart move for candidates who’d like to use their communication skills in a public relations role or at a PR firm. You’ll gain a much-needed edge over candidates, especially at firms with large media exposure where there’s stiff competition amongst candidates.

Average Salary: $59,300

Job Growth Through 20261: 9%

Public Relations & Fundraising Managers

Professionals with these management titles are growing at an equal rate. Amidst the growth of social media and technology, the need for organizations to maintain their public image has grown as well. And, the increasing need to raise funds for nonprofit organizations requires more skilled fundraising managers.

Average Salary: $111,280

Job Growth Through 2026: 10%

Other popular titles for those in public relations include:

  • Media Relations
  • Corporate Communication Specialist/Manager
  • Communication Practitioners
  • Social Media Specialists/Managers/Marketers
  • Public Affairs Specialists/Managers
  • Public Relations Specialists/Managers
  • Internal Communication Specialists/Managers
  • Employee Relations Specialists/Managers
  • Consultants
  • Human Relations Specialists/Managers
  • Communication Specialist

Concentration Courses

Take these 3 courses.

  • Seminar in Global Strategic Communication

    Gain a global perspective in strategic communication issues with international audiences. The class emphasizes questions such as how strategic communication plans can be successfully implemented in other countries and demonstrates how plans should be measured and evaluated. You’ll hone these skills through assignments like a global case analysis, where you’ll provide a comprehensive critique of a communication campaign, and a real-world project, such as developing an international communication plan for a specific organization.

  • Seminar in Crisis Communication

    You’ll learn how to communicate in a time of crisis to manage threats to organizational identity, reputation, or financial security through assignments like a mock crisis drill that addresses three key publics, and completing a crisis case study of your choosing using research and theory.

  • Strategic Public Relations

    You’ll build your skills in applying public relation’s theories, ethics, concepts, and principles, within integrated marketing communications on the foundation of general strategic communication. As a final testament to your new skill level, you’ll complete a final project and presentation based on one or two public-relations related issues for a real organization as you take them on as a "client." You’ll gain hands-on experience collecting data and research and use it to create a strategic communication plan that you’ll pitch as you would in the workplace.

Find Out More

If you’re curious about how the Strategic Communication/Public Relations Concentration in the online MS in Communications degree from Purdue could further your career goals, call us today: 877-497-5851 or request more information.