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Public Relations and Strategic Messaging Certificate

Available online to all degree-seeking and prospective students

12-credits, 1-2 semesters

  • Students can enhance their careers by taking a public-focused approach to results-driven strategic communication.
  • Working, adult learners can easily pursue the certificate as a professional development or continuing education opportunity.
  • The certificate is an excellent complement to the following degrees and professions:
    • Finance/Investor Relations
    • Criminal Justice
    • Political Science
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • International Business
    • Fashion
    • Sport Management
    • Marketing
    • Graphic Design
    • Management
    • Broadcasting
    • Communications
    • Events
    • and many more
  • Available through UCM's Extended Studies UCM Online programs. 

Housed in Missouri's only stand-alone PR and Strategic Communication program

From one of only 42 undergraduate programs worldwide certified by the Public Relations Society of America

Certificate Excellence


  • Highly qualified faculty practice what they teach
  • Students get to learn and do things specifically chosen to enrich their education and careers
  • The program's PRSA Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) attests to its cutting-edge, globally-approved curriculum and faculty. The PR and Strategic Messaging certificate is part of that.

Certificate Courses - 12 credits

PR 2620 - Principles of Public Relations (3)
PR 3640 - Integrated Strategic Communication (3)
PR 4650 - Public Relations & Promotional Law (3)
PR 4630 - Electronic & Social Media for Public Relations (3)
PR 4670 - Strategic Crisis Communication (3)

Certificate Access

  • The PR and Strategic Messaging 12-credit certificate can be earned totally online. See UCM's Extended Studies Online Programs to get started.
  • Traditional on-campus students can also contact Extended Studies about earning the PR and Strategic Messaging Certificate.
  • The certificate can be earned in 1-2 semesters.

Opportunity to pursue - PRSA Certificate in Principles of PR

  • Those completing the PR and Strategic Messaging certificate will have been through the courses recommended, and content needed, to sit for the Public Relations Society of America's Certificate in Principles of PR." UCM does not confer this certificate; students must register for and sit for the Certificate in Principles of PR exam through the Public Relations Society of America. 



Tricia Hansen-Horn
PR & Strat Comm Program Coordinator


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