What will I learn?

Public Relations Degree Completion at SIUE

The public relations online degree completion program will hone your writing, research and creative skills, allowing you to advance in your career in the field of communication. Students earn a degree in applied communication studies with a focus in public relations. This program teaches not only the mechanics of writing and design for various audiences, but asks students to think critically about current trends in public relations, marketing and advertising, and asks students to develop an ethical viewpoint from which to practice public relations professionally.

Our program is 100% online, taught primarily by published public relations experts, and is built for working professionals who need flexibility but demand a quality program at an affordable price.

Degrees Available at SIUE

Bachelor of Arts, Applied Communication Studies
Bachelor of Science, Applied Communication Studies

Career Opportunities

Employment of public relations specialists is expected to grow 9% through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Public relations graduates often work in the following fields:

Corporate Firms and Departments - entertainment, tourism, sports
Non-profit Departments - healthcare, education
Politics and Government
Global/International Arenas

Program Format

Courses are fully online and offered in three-, five- and eight-week terms. Students will have a consistent learning platform and format to ensure seamless transition from course to course. Instructors and professors are readily available and experienced in their field of expertise and online learning practices. Courses will build in content and concepts and are structured in a purposeful sequence. The program concludes with a capstone project.

Which department am I in?

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Study options

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
$24,438.00 (18,34,685) per year
USD $407.30 / credit hour; USD $4,887.60 for 12 credit hours - Tuition and fees are based on fall 2021 enrollment

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a diploma/degree from a high school or university/college in the U.S or equivalent.

For international students

Records showing grades for all years of secondary/high school AND official exam results or certificate/diploma


IELTS: 6.0 (no component score under 5.5)

PTE: 50

International Deadlines Fall: July 1; Spring: November 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is a nationally recognized, public institution offering high-quality, affordable education programs.

  • Affordable tuition with excellent scholarships available
  • Stunning campus setting overlooking Mississippi River
  • One of America’s safest campuses
  • Diverse and welcoming student body