Mastering the craft

PRWeek presents a list of 70-plus US schools that offer master's PR programs in traditional formats, with additional lists of schools with either online-only or blended online/in-class curricula.

In presenting undergraduate students' perspectives on various industry-related topics, "The next generation" underscored some of the valuable lessons learned in school by the next crop of PR professionals.

Comms pros never stop learning, however, and one of the best avenues to absorb more information is through the myriad master's PR programs available at colleges and universities across the US. That holds true for both those who just graduated and experienced professionals who wish to return to school for an advanced degree.

Below we present a list of 70-plus US schools that offer master's PR programs in traditional formats, with additional lists of colleges and universities that offer either online-only curricula or blended programs that combine online courses with some in-class instruction.

Traditional master's PR programs
Alabama, University of (Tuscaloosa, AL)
American University (Washington, DC)
Arkansas, University of (Fayetteville, AR)
Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN)
Ball State University (Muncie, IN)
Boston University (Boston)
California State University-Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
Colorado-Denver, University of (Denver)
Columbia University (New York)
Denver, University of (Denver)
DePaul University (Chicago)
Drexel University (Philadelphia)
Duquesne University (Pittsburgh)
Eastern Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)
Emerson College (Boston)
Farleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, NJ)
Florida International University (Miami)
Florida, University of (Gainesville, FL)
Fordham University (New York)
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
The George Washington University (Washington, DC)
Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
Georgia, University of (Athens, GA)
Grambling State University (Grambling, LA)
Hartford, University of (Hartford, CT)
High Point University (High Point, NC)
Houston, University of (Houston, TX)
Indiana University (Indianapolis)
Iona College (New Rochelle, NY)
John Carroll University (University Heights, OH)
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore)
Kansas, University of (Lawrence, KS)
Kent State University (Kent, OH)
La Salle University (Philadelphia)
Lasell College (Newton, MA)
Louisiana-Lafayette, University of (Lafayette, LA)
Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Marquette University (Milwaukee)
Maryland, University of (College Park, MD)
Miami, University of (Coral Gables, FL)
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Minnesota, University of (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN)
Missouri, University of (Columbia, MO)
Nebraska, University of (Lincoln, NE)
New York University (New York)
North Carolina, University of (Chapel Hill, NC)
Northeastern University (Boston)
Northern Iowa, University of (Cedar Falls, IA)
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Oklahoma, University of (Norman, OK)
Oregon, University of (Eugene, OR)
Pacific, University of the (Stockton, CA)
Point Park University (Pittsburgh)
Portland, University of (Portland, OR)
Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT)
Radford University (Radford, VA)
Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)
Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
Southern California, University of (Los Angeles)
Southern Mississippi, University of (Hattiesburg, MS)
St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MI)
Suffolk University (Boston)
Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
Temple University (Philadelphia)
Tennessee, University of (Knoxville, TN)
Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX)
Texas State University (San Marcos, TX) 
Towson University (Towson, MD)
Villanova University (Radnor Township, PA)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
Webster University (Webster Groves, MO)
West Virginia, University of (Morgantown, WV)
Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)

Online-only master's PR programs
Austin Peay State University
Drexel University
Florida, University of
The George Washington University
Iona College
Kent State University
Marist University
Missouri, University of
Northeastern University
Seton Hall University
West Virginia, University of

Blended master's PR programs
Johns Hopkins University
Syracuse University
Webster University

These lists were created with the help of the University of Maryland's Elizabeth Toth, professor and chair of the Department of Communication, and Rowena Briones, a Ph.D. student studying communications, who conducted research between June and July 2012 for a Commission on Public Relations Education report.

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