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Public Relations

Be the voice and provide the strategy an organization needs to build and maintain the positive reputation it must have for success. At the University of Central Missouri, you’ll gain the skills and education to continually implement strategic communication — and get the results you seek — with our Public Relations programs. Whether you’re an undergraduate student or a working professional in any industry wanting valuable training in the field, you can accomplish your goal at UCM.

UCM provides options to meet any career goal



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CEPR-certified by PRSA

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97% get a job or continue their studies

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Small classes for personalized attention

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100% PR-focused internship placement

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Award-winning, student-led PR agency

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Named on 2022 Education A-List by PRNews

Find your Public Relations future at UCM

As one of only two Missouri schools to hold Certification for Education in Public Relations (CEPR) by the Public Relations Society of America, UCM sets a high standard of education not found at other institutions:

  • Get individualized attention for your goals: At UCM, we’re committed to providing the personal attention and mentoring you need to build confidence and achieve your goals. Our dedicated Public Relations faculty and staff care about your academic and professional success and maintain an average class size of 17 students to ensure one-on-one interaction with you.
  • Develop your professional network: We understand the value of a strong network as you launch — and grow in — your career. To help you make connections, we offer plenty of occasions to meet and work with Public Relations professionals, including our highly engaged alumni, who offer career opportunities.
  • Gain real-world experience: Put your learning in action with hands-on projects in real-world settings. We’ll assist actual clients with strategic communication needs within our classrooms, and you may be chosen to work at our on-campus, student-led PR agency. You can also complete a true public relations internship for an in-depth look at your future.


What can you do with a degree in one of UCM’s Public Relations programs?

When you complete your studies in Public Relations at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll leave with the knowledge and skills public relations firms, businesses in all industries and nonprofit organizations seek. Add competencies such as story pitching, technical writing, strategic planning and client relations to your resume.

Whether you’re seeking to enhance your current field or primary area of study or fully immerse yourself in public relations, you’ll be prepared for roles that include:

  • Event manager
  • Social media coordinator
  • Community relations manager
  • Social relations manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Promotions coordinator
  • Marketing communications specialist

You may also choose to continue your education and stand further out in the market with UCM’s Master of Business Administration in Public Relations or another graduate program.





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