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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

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 in their graduate courses to remain in good academic standing. Students who do not meet this minimum cumulative requirement will be placed on academic probation and will be expected to attain the minimum cumulative requirement within two quarters. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.


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For high-performing College of Communication undergraduates, the combined BA/MA in Public Relations & Advertising (PRAD) program may be an option.​​​​​​​​​​​