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Public Relations and Advertising (MA)
Public Relations and Advertising (MA)

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 2017 Public Relations and Advertising MA graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation


Named Outstanding PR Education Program of the Year by the PRWeek Awards (2018)

Study with professionals who tap their networks

You’ll learn from expert faculty who are leaders in PR, advertising, media and business, like PRAD Professional in Residence Ron Culp. Culp brings his years of experience at the top of the ladder at Ketchum, Sears, Sara Lee Corp., Pitney Bowes, and Eli Lilly to the classroom. He has mentored hundreds of promising professionals over his long career, and ensures that his students are prepared and ready to innovate in their professional roles.

“Many classes I took gave me the opportunity to network and visit different agencies and connect with executives and VPs. I use these skills every day whenever I have client meetings or just getting to know leadership at Starcom. Everything I’m currently tasked with at my job is something I’ve done or had exposure to during my time at DePaul.”

Camille (MA ’17)
Senior Associate, Mindshare


Alumni Network

Virtually any major agency in Chicago has DePaul alumni of the master's in Public Relations and Advertising program working there. 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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