At Medill you can learn PR part-time

CHICAGO: Northwestern University is adding a part-time option to

its well-known integrated marketing communications master's degree


The new option is designed to appeal to working professionals in PR,

advertising and marketing who don't want to leave their full-time jobs

to earn another degree, said Richard Roth, associate dean of

Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

In recent years, the strong economy has made leaving a job to enter the

15-month program a difficult choice for many, Roth said. The typical

integrated marketing communications student is 25 to 26 years old and

has several years of work experience.

Like the full-time program, the part-time option requires students to

complete 15 courses and costs dollars 40,500.

Classes for part-timers will be held in a Medill facility in Chicago's

Loop business district rather than at the university's suburban Evanston


The program hopes to attract 25 students for the start of classes this

fall and will take a maximum of 35. Applications are due by June 1.

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