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Associate’s Degrees in Public Relations & Advertising

402 Yearly Graduations
$30,500 Median Salary
$12,000 Median Debt
There are 44 schools in the United States where you can get your associate's degree in public relations. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 42% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 5.5% of public relations graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Relations Majors

In 2018-2019, 402 associate's degrees were awarded to public relations majors. This earns it the #125 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in public relations at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 16,785
Master’s Degree 2,249
Associate’s Degree 402
Basic Certificate 401
Undergraduate Certificate 198
Graduate Certificate 101
Doctor’s Degree 20

Earnings of Public Relations Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in public relations is $30,500. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $30,500 to a high of $30,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in public relations is $12,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $12,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,000.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $125.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in public relations. About 85.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 60
Women 342
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Public Relations

The racial-ethnic distribution of public relations associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 36
Black or African American 37
Hispanic or Latino 79
White 210
International Students 22
Other Races/Ethnicities 18
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Relations Associate's Degree Students

There are 44 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in public relations. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
317 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fashion Institute of Technology tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for public relations majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 8,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,542 per year.

The public relations program at Fashion Institute of Technology awarded 317 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

10 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Mohawk Valley Community College. Each year, around 6,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 associate's degrees were handed out to public relations majors at MVCC. About 60% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
9 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their associate's degree is El Paso Community College. Roughly 29,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 associate's degrees were handed out to public relations majors at El Paso Community College. Of these students, 78% were women and 89% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Columbia College

Vienna, Virginia
9 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia College is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in public relations. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 associate's degrees were handed out to public relations majors at Columbia College. About 100% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
6 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chippewa Valley Technical College comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in public relations. The public relations program at Chippewa Valley Technical College awarded 6 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Vincennes University

Vincennes, Indiana
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Vincennes University. Each year, around 17,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The public relations program at Vincennes University awarded 6 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 50% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Del Mar College

Corpus Christi, Texas
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Del Mar College comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in public relations. Roughly 12,000 attend the school each year. The public relations program at Del Mar College awarded 6 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 83% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#8

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in public relations. Roughly 21,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,667 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,498 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their associate's degree in public relations from Full Sail University. Around 60% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#8

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, California
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Monica College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in public relations. Roughly 27,400 attend the school each year. The public relations program at Santa Monica College awarded 5 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 20% were women.

#10

Sinclair Community College

Dayton, Ohio
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Sinclair Community College. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their associate's degree in public relations from Sinclair Community College. About 100% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Butler County Community College

Butler, Pennsylvania
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

Butler County Community College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in public relations. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their associate's degree in public relations from BC3.

#10

Palomar College

San Marcos, California
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Palomar College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in public relations. Roughly 23,800 attend the school each year. The public relations program at Palomar College awarded 4 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 75% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

The 13th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Lynn University. Each year, around 3,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,680 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,320 per year.

The public relations program at Lynn University awarded 3 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#14

South Plains College

Levelland, Texas
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Plains College is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in public relations. The public relations program at South Plains College awarded 2 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#14

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Tulane University of Louisiana. Roughly 12,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,918 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 associate's degrees were handed out to public relations majors at Tulane. Of these students, 50% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Monroe Community College

Rochester, New York
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 16th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Monroe Community College. The public relations program at Monroe Community College awarded 1 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#16

Franklin University

Columbus, Ohio
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Franklin University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in public relations. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,080 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 people received their associate's degree in public relations from Franklin University.

#16

Sacramento City College

Sacramento, California
1 Yearly Graduations

Sacramento City College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in public relations. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 associate's degrees were handed out to public relations majors at Sacramento City.

#16

Macomb Community College

Warren, Michigan
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Macomb Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in public relations. The public relations program at Macomb Community College awarded 1 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#16

Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills, California
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 16th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Los Angeles Pierce College. The public relations program at Los Angeles Pierce College awarded 1 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 100% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to public relations that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Communication & Media Studies 6,266
Radio, TV & Digital Communication 1,131
Journalism 690
Other Communication & Journalism 71

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student 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 percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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