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401 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A basic certificate in public relations is offered at 68 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 30% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 4.7% of public relations graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Relations Majors

In 2018-2019, 401 basic certificates were awarded to public relations majors. This earns it the #103 spot on the list of the most popular basic certificate 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 Basic Certificates

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for public relations majors who have their basic certificate is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in public relations. About 55.6% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 178
Women 223
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificates in Public Relations

The racial-ethnic distribution of public relations basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 13
Black or African American 34
Hispanic or Latino 66
White 234
International Students 19
Other Races/Ethnicities 35
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Relations Basic Certificate Students

There are 68 colleges that offer a basic certificate in public relations. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
77 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Georgia tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for public relations majors who are seeking their basic certificate. Each year, around 38,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,878 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 77 people received their basic certificate in public relations from UGA. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

35 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Akron Wayne College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in public relations. Roughly 1,400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 basic certificates were handed out to public relations majors at University of Akron Wayne College. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#3

Miami Media School

Miami, Florida
32 Yearly Graduations
31% Women

The 3rd most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Miami Media School. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 people received their basic certificate in public relations from Miami Media School. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 31% were women.

#4

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
30 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Kentucky comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in public relations. Each year, around 29,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,011 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,055 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 people received their basic certificate in public relations from UK. Of these students, 90% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho
25 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Boise State University. Each year, around 26,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,532 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,110 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 basic certificates were handed out to public relations majors at Boise State. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#6

Miami Ad School - New York

Astoria, New York
22 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Miami Ad School - New York comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in public relations. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. The public relations program at Miami Ad School - New York awarded 22 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#6

Ohio Media School-Valley View

Valley View, Ohio
22 Yearly Graduations
9% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio Media School-Valley View is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in public relations. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 people received their basic certificate in public relations from Ohio Media School-Valley View. Of these students, 9% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Illinois Media School

Lombard, Illinois
21 Yearly Graduations
5% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Illinois Media School. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their basic certificate in public relations from Illinois Media School. About 5% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Miami Ad School - Wynwood

Miami, Florida
19 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Miami Ad School - Wynwood is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in public relations. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their basic certificate in public relations from Miami Ad School - Wynwood. About 74% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

11 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,214 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,792 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their basic certificate in public relations from Penn State Erie. Of these students, 82% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Santiago Canyon College

Orange, California
11 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santiago Canyon College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in public relations. Roughly 11,900 attend the school each year. The public relations program at Santiago Canyon College awarded 11 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 64% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#12

Southwestern College

Winfield, Kansas
7 Yearly Graduations
14% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southwestern College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in public relations. Each year, around 1,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,340 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their basic certificate in public relations from SC. Of these students, 14% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

7 Yearly Graduations
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Illinois Media School-Chicago Campus is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in public relations. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their basic certificate in public relations from Illinois Media School-Chicago Campus.

#12

Colorado Media School

Lakewood, Colorado
7 Yearly Graduations

The 12th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Colorado Media School. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 basic certificates were handed out to public relations majors at Colorado Media School.

#15

Miami Ad School - San Francisco

San Francisco, California
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

The 15th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Miami Ad School - San Francisco. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their basic certificate in public relations from Miami Ad School - San Francisco.

#15

Palomar College

San Marcos, California
6 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Palomar College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in public relations. Each year, around 23,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The public relations program at Palomar College awarded 6 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Ohio Media School-Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio
6 Yearly Graduations
83% Women

Ohio Media School-Cincinnati is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in public relations. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their basic certificate in public relations from Ohio Media School-Cincinnati. Of these students, 83% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,580 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,826 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their basic certificate in public relations from IUPUI.

#18

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Northern Arizona University. Each year, around 30,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,018 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,305 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 basic certificates were handed out to public relations majors at NAU. About 60% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Edgewood College

Madison, Wisconsin
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Edgewood College. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,856 per year.

The public relations program at Edgewood College awarded 4 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to public relations that offer basic certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Radio, TV & Digital Communication 2,098
Communication & Media Studies 1,627
Journalism 136
Other Communication & Journalism 61
Publishing 27

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.

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