With an integrated framework — one that unifies communications and marketing — this program gives you both the knowledge and the "know-how" to work successfully as a professionally competent, socially responsible and globally conscious practitioner. Classes emphasize the principles of strategy, relationship management, critical thinking, ethics and creativity in public relations and advertising. The program is also flexible enough to allow you to explore video production, document design and computer graphics, or the use of media and new technologies, if your interests lie in these areas.
Studying Public Relations and Advertising in Chicago
Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising program at DePaul University reap many benefits from the university's location in one of the most beautiful and lively cities in the world. Not only is Chicago an exciting place to live and study, it also is a dynamic professional market that offers students the opportunity to network with industry professionals while studying for their degrees. Some of the nation's largest public relations firms and advertising agencies, as well as leading corporations and non-profit institutions, are based in Chicago, just minutes from DePaul classrooms.
Graduate students in public relations and advertising may complete internships for credit with local organizations and/or interact informally with professionals in the field. The program faculty's relationships with Chicago professionals also open the door to insightful exchanges between students and guest speakers who provide practical contexts for classroom discussions and career guidance for those nearing graduation.
Flexibility and Convenience
DePaul’s quarter system lets you work at your own pace; by taking two classes per quarter, you’ll earn an M.A. in two years. If your schedule allows you to take more than two classes per quarter, you can finish even faster.