Communications are essential to every industry, and the numerous channels we use daily to reach people are constantly growing and changing. No matter your major area of study, the University of Central Missouri’s new undergraduate certificate in Public Relations and Strategic Messaging will boost your resume with specialized communication skills and experience.
Available at our Warrensburg campus or online, UCM’s PR and Strategic Messaging undergraduate certificate is designed to enhance your bachelor’s degree — and resume — to help you stand out to future employers and succeed in your career. This program provides a broad overview of the public relations and strategic communications industry and prepares you to pass the Public Relations Society of America’s Certificate in Principles of Public Relations exam.
Dr. Tricia Hansen-Horn
Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies
Department of Marketing, Public Relations and Sport Management
Earn your certificate in 1–4 semesters
Named to PRNews’ 2022 Education A-List
17:1 departmental student-to-faculty ratio
1,550+ alumni and growing
The University of Central Missouri’s Public Relations and Strategic Messaging certificate is intended to complement any field of study with a curated selection of undergraduate coursework. Along with core courses in public relations, strategic communications and U.S. law, you’ll add an elective to focus on your interests and career goals. Choose from courses such as:
The University of Central Missouri’s program curriculum for the PR and Strategic Messaging undergraduate certificate is focused and concise — but you’ll still have many opportunities for hands-on learning, real-world experience and career preparation:
UCM’s rigorous certificate program in Public Relations and Strategic Messaging prepares you to enter the job market with strong critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills, all of which are essential in any job.
This undergraduate certificate can lead to many career paths. It’s a valuable asset if you’re considering a career in business, politics, criminal justice or management, for example. You could also add it to your Visual Arts or History major and work as a social media assistant or events coordinator for a museum or cultural organization.
Pathway to the PR and Strat Comm BS
If you wish to continue your studies in public relations and strategic communications, all of your core courses can count toward UCM’s bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communication. Alternatively, if you’d like to pursue graduate studies in the communications field, this credential can serve as an opportunity to demonstrate success on your graduate applications.
The University of Central Missouri is passionate about offering a high-quality education at an affordable price. That’s why our tuition ranks among the lowest in the country. We’re especially proud that 94% of UCM undergraduates receive financial aid.
We provide numerous funding opportunities and resources for degree-seeking students. Our dedicated financial aid staff can speak to you about financing options, including scholarships, grants, awards, student loans and other options. Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using UCM’s Scholarship Finder.
Take your degree further.
Your certificate in Public Relations and Strategic Messaging can be a stepping-stone to a more advanced degree. Consider these graduate degrees available from UCM:
Make yourself more marketable.
If you’re looking for an additional credential to further burnish your communications expertise, consider the following UCM certificates:
Explore programs related to public relations and strategic messaging.
Is an undergraduate certificate in Public Relations and Strategic Messaging just part of your story? This credential complements a number of majors. Consider the following bachelor’s degrees offered by UCM:
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