Certificate in Principles of Public Relations

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As you approach graduation, adding the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations to your resume could be the leg up you need to secure the position you want. The process, which can be summarized in the four steps below, complements coursework and can be used to finish your college career on top.

The Certificate program is offered at many colleges and universities, and is expanding. So far, the following colleges and universities have participated:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Arkansas State University
  • Ashland University
  • Barry University
  • Baylor University
  • Belhaven University
  • Belmont University
  • Biola University
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Boston University
  • Brigham Young University
  • California Baptist University
  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Calvin College
  • Central Washington University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Drake University
  • East Carolina University
  • East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Ferris State University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Illinois State University
  • Iowa State University
  • James Madison University
  • Kean University
  • Keystone College
  • Lake Erie College
  • Lee University
  • Louisiana State University, Alexandria
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Loyola University, New Orleans
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Millersville University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Monmouth University
  • Morgan State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • New Jersey City University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Oakwood University
  • Ohio State University
  • Otterbein University
  • Point Park University
  • Reinhardt University
  • Roger Williams University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • San Diego State University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Spring Hill College
  • Stockton University
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Texas State University, San Marcos
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • University of Alabama, Huntsville
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of Florida
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Miami
  • University of North Alabama
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of Texas, San Antonio
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Webster University

Universities need to have a faculty coordinator to participate in the program. Email accred@prsa.org for more information on joining our list of participating colleges and universities.

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Earn the Certificate in Four Steps

It is important to review resources available for all four steps, starting with the Certificate FAQs, before beginning the process.

  1. Work with your university's faculty coordinator to certify eligibility.
  2. Review and complete The Certificate in Principles of Public Relations Application (PDF) or (Word).  Note: Your school's advisor needs to submit a form confirming your graduation date.
  3. Attend a certificate preparatory course or complete the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations Online Study Course.
  4. Study for and complete the Examination for Certificate in Principles of Public Relations.




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