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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

The Master of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD) requires 12 courses (48-credit hours)— six core courses, four PRAD elective courses and two graduate electives inside or outside of the program.

Core Courses

Students are required to take all of the following:

Elective Courses

Choose six courses from the following**:

** With approval of the graduate program director, students can take up to two ​​relevant elective courses from other College of Communication graduate programs or relevant elective courses from other graduate departments/programs outside of the College of Communication.​


Students in the Master of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising program complete their degree requirements by submitting a comprehensive ePortfolio. Students present their ePortfolios and network with industry professionals at the annual ePortfolio Showcase.

*Master's Thesis

Students who attain a 3.7 GPA or higher and obtain prior approval from the graduate program director have the option to complete a thesis instead of the ePortfolio. Approved students completing a thesis need to start the process at least 9-12 months prior to graduation and will enroll in PRAD 599 as their final course in the quarter they defend their thesis.​

Grade Requirements

All students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.000 in their coursework. If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.000, the student will be allowed to complete an additional 16 credits or 3 quarters (whichever comes first) to attain the 3.000 minimum GPA. If the cumulative GPA remains below a 3.000 at the conclusion of this time period, the student may be dismissed from the program. The student's cumulative and term GPAs along with overall academic performance will be factored into the dismissal decision. ​


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For high-performing College of Communication undergraduates, the combined bachelor’s + master’s degree program in Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD) may be an option.​