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Master’s Degrees in Public Relations & Advertising

2,249 Yearly Graduations
$46,800 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
A master's degree in public relations is offered at 114 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 33% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 13.7% of public relations graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Relations Majors

In 2018-2019, 2,249 master's degrees were awarded to public relations majors. This earns it the #63 spot on the list of the most popular master'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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in public relations is $46,800. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $40,750 and the high is $56,600.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in public relations is $41,000. 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, $51,246 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $36,502.

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The median monthly payment of a public relations graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $478.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in public relations. About 74.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 577
Women 1,672
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Public Relations

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 65
Black or African American 339
Hispanic or Latino 263
White 1,086
International Students 309
Other Races/Ethnicities 187
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Relations Master's Degree Students

There are 114 colleges that offer a master’s degree in public relations. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
192 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for public relations students seekinga master's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Each year, around 113,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

The public relations program at Southern New Hampshire University awarded 192 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#2

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
178 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgetown University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public relations. Roughly 19,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

The public relations program at Georgetown University awarded 178 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 81% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
165 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is Syracuse University. Roughly 22,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,880 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 165 master's degrees were handed out to public relations majors at Syracuse. Of these students, 75% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia
133 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

West Virginia University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public relations. Each year, around 26,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,976 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,134 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 133 people received their master's degree in public relations from WVU. About 75% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
113 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Washington University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public relations. Roughly 27,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,770 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 113 master's degrees were handed out to public relations majors at GWU. About 74% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
108 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public relations. Each year, around 33,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

The public relations program at Boston University awarded 108 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 90% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
83 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public relations. Roughly 48,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 83 master's degrees were handed out to public relations majors at USC. Of these students, 81% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
56 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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.

The public relations program at Full Sail University awarded 56 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 61% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, New York
52 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is Marist College. Roughly 6,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,925 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,300 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 52 people received their master's degree in public relations from Marist. Of these students, 85% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
52 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northwestern University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public relations. Each year, around 22,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

The public relations program at Northwestern University awarded 52 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

#11

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
51 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is Florida State University. Roughly 42,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

The public relations program at Florida State University awarded 51 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#12

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
50 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas Tech University. Roughly 38,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,744 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,958 per year.

The public relations program at Texas Tech University awarded 50 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 80% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

44 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is The University of Texas at Austin. Each year, around 51,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

The public relations program at The University of Texas at Austin awarded 44 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 70% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut
44 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sacred Heart University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public relations. Roughly 9,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $42,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,427 per year.

The public relations program at Sacred Heart University awarded 44 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 61% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
43 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is Maryville University of Saint Louis. Roughly 10,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $26,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,346 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 people received their master's degree in public relations from Maryville U. Of these students, 60% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Universidad del Sagrado Corazon

Santurce, Puerto Rico
40 Yearly Graduations
72% Women

Universidad del Sagrado Corazon comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public relations. Roughly 4,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,050 per year.

The public relations program at Universidad del Sagrado Corazon awarded 40 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 72% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
36 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is DePaul University. Roughly 22,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 master's degrees were handed out to public relations majors at DePaul. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#18

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
35 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public relations. Each year, around 14,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,351 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 people received their master's degree in public relations from The American University. About 51% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri
33 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for public relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is Webster University. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,500 per year.

The public relations program at Webster University awarded 33 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 64% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

The City College of New York

New York, New York
32 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The City College of New York comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public relations. Roughly 15,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 master's degrees were handed out to public relations majors at CCNY. Around 69% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Communication & Media Studies 4,417
Journalism 1,550
Radio, TV & Digital Communication 1,492
Other Communication & Journalism 608
Publishing 229

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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