A company’s reputation is only as good as its messaging. Highly trained public relations (PR) pros play an essential role in developing strategic communication to promote customer trust and company growth. The University of Central Missouri offers a Master of Business Administration in Public Relations taught by industry experts who will prepare you to lead in this dynamic role.
The best MBA in Public Relations for the job — and you
The critical nature of PR and strategic communication, whether guiding companies through times of crisis or in moments of triumph, demands a high-caliber business education — which is what you will find at UCM. Our Master of Business Administration program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). UCM is also one of only 15 MBA programs offering a Strategic Communication course approved by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). This commitment to excellence for your business and PR and strategic communication education is what regularly earns us rankings as one of the best schools for MBA degrees.
Students and working professionals also enjoy the flexibility of our MBA program. Begin your graduate studies at one of five points during the year, choosing to attend classes online or at our Warrensburg campus, just 45 minutes from Kansas City. Wherever you are, you’ll have the support of our highly educated and experienced faculty, including PR and strategic communication professionals with years of industry experience, to help ensure your success.
AACSB-accredited MBA in Public Relations
96% job placement rate of MBA graduates
PRSA-approved communication course
Among the best schools for MBA degrees
No GRE or GMAT required for acceptance
Among the region’s most affordable tuitior
The curriculum for UCM’s master’s degree in Business Administration begins with a suite of online modules to refresh and strengthen your foundational business skills. You’ll then complete your core MBA coursework and dive deep into topics in PR and strategic communication — in whatever order you choose.
Be prepared for any strategic communication need
Learn to lead as you anticipate and plan for situations and events — both positive and negative. You’ll strengthen your abilities to create strategic messaging that allows you to not only engage with internal and external audiences — using a wide range of media — but also build and nurture these relationships. Your coursework for UCM’s MBA in PR, led by our faculty of seasoned PR and strategic communication pros, may include:
You’ll also have your choice of other graduate-level business topics to complete your Master of Business Administration with a Public Relations concentration.
As a full-time graduate student, you can fulfill requirements for your Master of Business Administration degree in as few as 12 months. If you’re a working professional with other demands, a student athlete or international student, you have the option to extend your studies over several years. No matter your timeline, an MBA in Public Relations from UCM will enhance your personal and professional skills and help you land the promotion or PR and strategic communication career you desire.
Real-world experiences both inside and outside of UCM’s classrooms will bring your education to life. As a PR graduate student earning your MBA, you’ll have many opportunities available to you:
Your AACSB-accredited Master of Business Administration from one of the best schools for MBA degrees — the University of Central Missouri — will earn you recognition from businesses of all sizes, nonprofits, PR firms and more. We maintain a 96% job placement rate for students who graduate with a master’s degree in Business Administration from UCM.
Our alumni have gone on to work as PR managers, directors of communications and marketing communications managers for companies such as:
Your career path with a Master of Business Administration in PR
UCM’s MBA program faculty in PR will work with you one-on-one to ensure your graduate education aligns with your career goals. They are also happy to provide their expert career advice as you evaluate your job options. Use the interactive tool below to discover the possibilities with a Master of Business Administration in PR from the University of Central Missouri.
As you evaluate the best schools for MBA degrees and make plans for your education, you may need assistance to fund your college experience and invest in your future. At the University of Central Missouri, we can help you finance your MBA in PR degree with resources such as loans, employment opportunities and scholarships.
Scholarships for students of UCM’s MBA in Public Relations
You may qualify for a variety of scholarships available from UCM, our alumni and other supporters, including:
Use the UCM Scholarship Finder to learn more about scholarships for students completing our master’s degree in Business Administration.
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Applicants for the MBA program must have a completed undergraduate degree (in any discipline) from an accredited institution and have earned a minim undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). The GMAT and GRE are no longer an admissions requirement. However, students must be prepared for the rigor of quantitative analysis (including business math and statistics, accounting, finance, and economics) in order to be successful in the program.