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Public Relations

College of Professional Studies

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Alexandria Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

The Public Relations Graduate Certificate program takes advantage of GW’s connections in the nation’s capitol, focusing on the public policy system and the advocacy role played by PR firms and PR operations in corporations and associations in the Washington metropolitan area. The Graduate School of Political Management taps into experts in both the PR and political arenas. Plus, you’ll graduate prepared for professional advancement in the field.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Relations consists of 6 courses (18-credit-hours). Flexible credentials allow you to apply the graduate certificate toward the Strategic Public Relations Master’s Degree.  Classes meet Monday through Thursday evenings in GWU’s Alexandria Graduate Education Center.

Focus areas include Media & Communications Theory, Ethics & Law, New Media Strategies, Evaluating Communications Programs, Crisis Communications, Media Relations, Management Skills.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – June 15
Spring – November 15
Summer – April 15

Recommendations required:

Three (3) recommendations (preferably at least one professional and one academic recommendation)

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also, discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional requirements:

A resumé.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
College of Professional Studies – Office of Admission
The George Washington University
805 21st Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
CPS Office of Admissions
cpsgspm@gwu.edu ~ 703.299.9142 (phone) ~ 703.299.4144 (fax)
9 am – 5:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday