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Public Relations and Advertising (MA)
Public Relations and Advertising (MA)
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Become a skilled practitioner of strategic communication

The award-winning master’s in Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD) program at DePaul will prepare you for a successful career in the public relations, advertising and integrated marketing communications fields. With a focus on digital, social and traditional media strategy and techniques, you’ll gain the know-how and network to become a socially responsible and globally conscious practitioner.

You’ll graduate with more than a prestigious degree—you’ll have a portfolio of projects with renowned clients to show employers.

The program is typically completed in two years. Classes are offered weekday evenings on the Loop Campus.

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Study in an epicenter of the PR & advertising world

More than 100 public relations and advertising agencies are located within a 10-block radius of the DePaul Loop Campus in Chicago. That means you’ll have plenty of opportunities for internships and work at top firms and agencies like Edelman, Weber Shandwick, Golin and Leo Burnett. Over 100 agency and corporate recruiting visits take place on campus each year.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall quarter: June 1
  • Winter quarter: November 2
  • Spring quarter: February 15

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, essay questions, writing sample, letters of recommendation, and résumé or curriculum vitae.

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Required Courses

You’ll take six core courses and six electives. Complete your degree with an e-portfolio presentation or master’s thesis.

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of Public Relations and Advertising graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


Named as one of the top 5 Public Relations programs in the country by PR Week for 6 years in a row (2014–2019).

Learn from faculty with countless years of real-world experience

Faculty in the College of Communication bring decades of career experience into their classrooms, like Advertising Professional in Residence Nina Abnee. She served as Chief Client Officer at Leo Burnett and has 30 years of experience working with clients including Kraft, Allstate, Delta Airlines and General Motors. Abnee teaches courses in advertising creativity and was recognized as the Chicago Advertising Federation’s 2010 Advertising Woman of the Year.

“I learned a lot about business objectives and financial performance through the PRAD program, which has helped me transition to my new role at Discover. Professors have connections to a number of industry professionals in the field and turn the classroom into a real-world learning experience. Often, students get access to agencies and corporations and can see firsthand what PRAD careers really look like.”

Jennifer (MA ’19)

Lead Public Relations Specialist, Discover

Alumni Network

Virtually any major agency in Chicago has hired DePaul alumni from the master’s in Public Relations and Advertising program. Our alumni work in positions that range from account executives to copywriters to art directors. You’ll also benefit from connections to over 8,500 College of Communication alumni and the wider group of 180,000 university alumni.


The College of Communication offers a tuition award and scholarship opportunities. In addition, the Public Relations and Advertising program has a limited number of graduate assistantships. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or

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