What will I learn?

On campus living is currently optional, but quarantine seems to have made this year’s freshman class less ready for off campus living. We want to make sure that they have a support system in place, which they will have in the dorms.

The public relations certificate at UMSL builds professionals with expertise in crafting messages, promoting public images and handling a crisis. It prepares students for success as they pursue a career in communication and public relations. The curriculum includes hands-on learning and real-world experiences designed to adhere to the requirements set forth by the Public Relations Society of America.

A student may decide to major in communication or add the certificate to another major to gain insight into communication research, the legal and ethical issues associated with mass communication; and gain an understanding of diverse audience dynamics, among other concepts.

The beauty of a certificate in public relations is that it is easily pursued by students majoring in many other areas. For example, a student in the department of education may also pursue a certificate in public relations with a goal of one day serving as the spokesperson for a local school system. Or a student studying music may also pursue a certificate in public relations with a goal of one day serving as a publicist for a local band.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (21 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,406.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

18 January 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

1 University Boulevard,

303 Lucas Hall,

SAINT LOUIS,

Missouri,

63121, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students in their last year of high school should submit transcripts for all years completed thus far. Students who have completed high school must submit final transcripts and degree certificates or exam results.

For international students

Students in their last year of high school should submit transcripts for all years completed thus far.

Students who have completed high school must submit final transcripts and degree certificates or exam results.

Students who have studied at a college or university must submit university transcripts to date. If you have completed more than 24 credit hours at a university, you do not need to submit high school transcripts.

Transcripts are required from all high schools or universities attended.

Proof of English proficiency: This can be shown with an official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-A score. The minimum requirements are 61 iBT TOEFL, 5.5 IELTS, or 44 PTE-A.

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

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