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Public Relations & Advertising at George Washington University

If you are interested in studying public relations and advertising, you may want to check out the program at George Washington University. The following information will help you decide if it is a good fit for you.

GWU is located in Washington, District of Columbia and approximately 27,017 students attend the school each year. In 2021, 40 public relations majors received their bachelor's degree from GWU.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Public Relations & Advertising section at the bottom of this page.

GWU Public Relations & Advertising Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations
  • Master’s Degree in Public Relations

Online Classes Are Available at GWU

Online courses are a good option for students who need a more flexible schedule that allows them to pursue an education when and where they want. Whether you're going to school part-time or full-time, you may find distance education the right choice for you.

GWU does offer online education options in public relations for the following degree levels for those interested in distance learning:

  • Master’s Degree

GWU Public Relations & Advertising Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the public relations progam at GWU compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: While rankings may be a good starting point when you're researching a school, they don't necessarily highlight all of a school's strengths. Don't forget to check out the other details that are available for a school to see if it has what you're looking for in a program.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The public relations major at GWU is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Public Relations & Advertising. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Popular Public Relations & Advertising Graduate Certificate Schools 13

In 2021, 67 students received their master’s degree in public relations from GWU. This makes it the #8 most popular school for public relations master’s degree candidates in the country.

How Much Do Public Relations Graduates from GWU Make?

The median salary of public relations students who receive their bachelor's degree at GWU is $47,727. This is great news for graduates of the program, since this figure is 30% higher than the national average of $36,826 for all public relations bachelor's degree recipients.


Public Relations Student Demographics at GWU

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the public relations majors at George Washington University.

GWU Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Program

70% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 40 public relations majors earned their bachelor's degree from GWU. Of these graduates, 30% were men and 70% were women. The typical public relations bachelor's degree program is made up of only 28% men. So male students are more repesented at GWU since its program graduates 2% more men than average.


About 68% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in public relations at GWU are white. This is above average for this degree on the nationwide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor's in public relations.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 27
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 6

GWU Public Relations & Advertising Master’s Program

75% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
For the most recent academic year available, 25% of public relations master's degrees went to men and 75% went to women.


In the public relations master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 39% of degree recipients. That is 7% better than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from George Washington University with a master's in public relations.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 4
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 7
White 28
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 10

GWU also has a doctoral program available in public relations. In 2021, 0 student graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Public Relations Grads May Go Into

A degree in public relations can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for DC, the home state for George Washington University.

Occupation Jobs in DC Average Salary in DC
Public Relations Specialists 17,310 $107,490
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 5,390 $188,050
Editors 3,330 $89,710
Reporters and Correspondents 1,610 $100,550
Community Health Workers 810 $61,770


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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