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Public Relations and Strategic Communication BS

One degree, a world of opportunities

The Public Relations and Strategic Communication program at UCM develops professionals who take a public-focused approach to results-driven strategic communication. The University of Central Missouri program is just the 38th program in the world to achieve CEPR certification - "the global standard in public relations education."

  • Anyone can join our high impact traditional program (4-year or 2-year with the transfer of an AA) at the Warrensburg campus.
  • Students with significant college credit wanting to finish their degree can join our online degree completion program through Online and Learning Engagement. Students can choose a fall, spring or summer start time.
  • Any major or working adult wanting to earn a 12-credit certificate (online accessible) in PR & Strategic Messaging can do that through us.

You'll find more great information on our "Public Relations and Strategic Communication @ UCM" page, including program highlights, faculty bios and classroom opportunities.

Early Career Opportunities as "the Voice Behind the Voice"

  • social media coordinator
  • account coordinator
  • marketing communications specialist
  • events manager
  • community relations manager
  • communications coordinator
  • public relations specialist
  • promotions coordinator
  • social media manager
  • legislative aide
  • development manager
  • new business coordinator

Great Opportunities for Public Relations Majors

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Public Relations Student Society of America

The Robert Kendall Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) lets you get involved in pre-professional activities to develop skills and connect to industry leaders. Check it out: Facebook @UCMPRSSA Twitter @UCMPRSSA Instagram @UCMPRSSA 

UCM's PRSSA is the second oldest chapter in the world.

Talk to us: 

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Innovative Public Relations

Innovative PR (IPR) is an award-winning student-led agency that lets you work with real clients around the world while receiving class credit. 

IPR student specialists can earn up to one year of agency experience while still in school. That's #OpportunityInAction at its best.

Check out the IPR blog!

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NMC/GenZ Council

The National Millennial Community/Gen Z Council provides you with the opportunity to meet executives from around the world through video conferencing or travel.

 Learn more!

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Study Abroad with PR Faculty

Make new friends, travel the world, connect with global professionals, and gain international perspectives into the public relations, strategic communication and international business industries.

See where we go!

In the University of Central Missouri Public Relations and Strategic Communication Program, You Can...

  • learn from a globally-certified curriculum
  • develop valuable skill sets employers need
  • receive personal attention from faculty members
  • gain real-world experiences through internships and in-class clients
  • meet and network with industry professionals
  • connect early-on with alumni who care

Scholarships for PR Majors

Public Relations and Strategic Communication students can win a growing number of general and PR-specific scholarships (search the UCM Scholarship Finder for "public relations")

  • Anthony Winders Integrated Communication ScholarshipSchnieders give scholarship

  • Larry and Kali Schnieders Scholarship in Public Relations

  • Melissa M. Wyatt PR Scholarship

  • Nick Mortallaro – State Farm Insurance and Financial Services Agency PR Management Graduate Scholarship

  • Anthony and Sarah Taylor Scholarship

Internships and Employment for UCM Public Relations and Strategic Communication Majors

Get Started in Professional Success

  • You'll get internship experience before graduation - the program helps you all along the way.
  • Nearly 40% of internships convert to full time employment.
  • More than 97% of PR graduates find employment in the field within 6 months from graduation.

Professional Advisory Board & Alumni

Our professional advisory board members are committed to

  • student success
  • program excellence
  • real-world opportunities
  • student engagement
  • innovation

UCM PR Professional Advisory Board

The public relations and strategic communication program is supported and guided by engaged alumni who serve on our professional advisory board. The PAB helps the program stay up-to-date with current industry trends and partner with industry leaders.

  • Shawn Arni (1986) Director of Communications & Marketing-Medical - Children's Mercy Kansas City
  • Cory Bittner (2011) Co-Founder & COO - Falcon Wealth Advisors
  • Adam Davis (2010) Managing Director of Company Relations - LaunchCode
  • Roxann Kinkade (1981) PR Consultant
  • Melissa Layton (2002) Senior Manager, Global PR & Influencer Marketing - Crocs, Inc.
  • Speed Marriott (1977) Owner/CEO - P1 Learning
  • Nick Mortallaro (2005) Owner/Agent and Financial Services Representative - State Farm
  • Lisa Qualls (1994) Senior Account Executive - ProActive Solutions
  • Jason Roth (2001) VP,  Resource Development - Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City
  • Tony Winders (1990) CMO & Principal Consultant - Winders Consulting Group
  • Heather Woodard, APR (2003) Director, Multicultural PR & Engagement at McDonald's USA
  • Learn more

Just for alumni

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