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2021 Most Popular Online Public Relations & Advertising Schools

63 Colleges
$36,512 Avg Salary
$25,130 Avg Student Debt

In 2018-2019, 20,156 people earned a degree or certificate in public relations and advertising, making the major the #58 most popular in the United States.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Most Popular Online Public Relations & Advertising Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 63 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for public relations majors pursuing an online .

Our analysis found Southern New Hampshire University to be the most popular school for public relations and advertising students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. Located in the suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, public relations graduates from SNHU take out $28,200 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $316, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The excellent online programs at University of Florida helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best public relations and advertising schools in the United States. UF is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville.

Public Relations majors at UF take out an average of $17,870 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $185.

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Ball State University

Muncie, IN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ball State University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Public Relations & Advertising Schools list. Ball State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Muncie.

Public Relations majors at Ball State take out an average of $26,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $270.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Appalachian State University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Public Relations & Advertising Schools list. Located in the town of Boone, Appalachian State is a public college with a large student population.

Public Relations majors at Appalachian State take out an average of $21,500 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Cleveland State University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Most Popular Online Public Relations & Advertising Schools list. Located in the city of Cleveland, Cleveland State University is a public school with a large student population.

Public Relations majors at Cleveland State University take out an average of $21,500 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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The University of Texas at El Paso ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online Public Relations & Advertising Schools list. UTEP is a very large public school located in the large city of El Paso.

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Fort Hays State University ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Online Public Relations & Advertising Schools list. FHSU is a fairly large public school located in the town of Hays.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for public relations and advertising students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the rural area of University Park, Penn State World Campus is a public school with a fairly small student population.

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Florida International University ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Online Public Relations & Advertising Schools list. Located in the suburb of Miami, FIU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Washington State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Public Relations & Advertising Schools ranking. Wazzu is a very large public school located in the town of Pullman.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Public Relations & Advertising students that almost earned our Most Popular Online Public Relations & Advertising Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Full Sail University Winter Park, FL
12 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA

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One of 5 majors within the area of study, public relations and advertising has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 68,301
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 16,150
Journalism 15,466
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,784
Publishing 297

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Bill Koplitz.

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