What will I learn?

What's it take to succeed in PR? Image is almost everything, but there's a lot you'll need to learn. Suffolk University's public relations major will ground you in the business—and the art—of crafting attention-getting, thought-provoking campaigns that make a difference.

You’ll begin by learning the foundations of public relations, including its history, theory, trends, and practices. You’ll take courses in professional writing, digital and social media, web design, and event planning and promotion. All of this leads to advanced courses in planning public relations campaigns for corporate or nonprofit class clients.

You'll learn from professors with extensive experience in the field. At Suffolk, it's easy to gain hands-on experience of your own, too: Our campus is enviably close to Boston's leading PR firms and media organizations—employers who routinely hire Suffolk students as interns.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the history, theory, and ethical practice of public relations
  • Develop the specific skills of public relations, including research, writing, planning, organizing, speaking, and related activities
  • Examine the interaction between public relations and broader political, social, and cultural contexts
  • Develop an understanding of and ability to use public relations strategies/tactics
  • Working as a team, students are able to construct and implement a public relations campaign
  • Develop the ability to use various social media in the field of public relations
  • Construct and deliver a presentation

Learning Goals

Be prepared for professional careers in public relations, marketing communication, media relations, public affairs, and related fields, as well as for graduate study.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (126 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,242.00 per year
USD $20,621 per Semester; 12-17 credits per semester

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

Application deadline

1 December 2021

Start date

18 January 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

73 Tremont Street,



02108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have high school qualification.

For international students

Students must have final high school transcript.

English language requirements

TOEFL or IELTS score (TOEFL minimum is a 79, IELTS a 6.5)

PTE-Academic with a minimum score of 54

Application deadline for fall is February 15 and spring is December 1.

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


About Suffolk University

Located in the heart of Boston, Suffolk offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 areas of study.

  • Main urban campus in bustling Boston area
  • Large international student community
  • Industry connections and internship opportunities
  • Outstanding graduate outcomes