Why is a master’s degree in PR important?

It’s a great time to be in PR. 

Indeed.com lists over 40,000 jobs for mid-senior level public relations specialists. Not only do companies want experienced employees, they also want educated individuals who can prove their commitment to career growth. With a master’s degree, you can expect to earn from $60,000 to $110,000+.

University of Florida Online Master’s in Public Relations

The online Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a specialization in Public Relations includes 33 credit hours— 30 hours of coursework plus three final credits in the capstone course. The University of Florida is excited to partner with APCO Worldwide, the largest women and employee-owned communication consultancy in the world. The Public Relations curriculum will teach students cutting-edge strategies employed by APCO and will allow students to work on real world projects. Additionally, the partnership allows students to connect with top APCO executives, who will help mentor and guide the next generation of communicators. In addition to APCO’s influence, the program curriculum is guided by an Advisory Council of top industry experts, with courses taught by industry professionals and University of Florida faculty.

Unique Learning Experience

  • Each semester is 12 weeks, with three semesters per year (Spring, Summer, Fall).
  • Full-time students can complete the curriculum in under two years.
  • All classes are online with recorded lectures, allowing students to view classes at their pace during the week. Each week, students must meet weekly objectives and complete assignments.

Application Deadlines: 

July 1

November 1

April 1

Careers in Public Relations

Careers in public relations pay very well, with salaries of $60,0000 – $105,000+ per year. Jobs you will qualify for are:

  • Crisis Management Agent
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Event Coordinator
  • Global Communications Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Relations Manager
  • Multimedia Artist/Animator
  • Public Relations Director



Quick Facts

33 credit hours
100% online
Partnership with APCO Worldwide
recorded lectures & live office hours
Fall Semester: August-November
Spring Semester: January-March
Summer Semester: May-August
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1

Spring Semester
November 1

Summer Semester
April 1


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What Our Alumni Say

With so many self-proclaimed experts, ninjas, and gurus, I wanted a way to gain an edge over other professionals in the field. The master’s program allowed me to switch industries and advance in a field that I love.

Sean Burke

Marketing Manager, 704Games
UF MA '15

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