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Master of Public Relations Graduates

Advance Your Career with a Master's in Public Relations

The Master of Arts (MA) in Public Relations at Hofstra University is a 36 semester hour professional public relations program designed to prepare students for fast-evolving strategic communications jobs by emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving, exceptional writing skills, and the innovative digital tools required for a successful career in the public relations profession. The program is designed for students to become immediately qualified to assume a variety of communications positions and enhanced leadership roles in numerous industries.

Marketing Concentration
Weeknight students earning an MA in Public Relations may add a marketing concentration to their degree by taking three courses (9 credits) in marketing analysis, advertising, and a choice of several elective courses.

Public Relations graduate students have the option to earn their degree as weeknight students OR Saturday-only students

Weeknight Students

Each course will meet once a week for 15 weeks on weeknights during late afternoon or early evening. Some classes will be offered online. Courses run throughout the calendar year including fall, spring, summer, and winter sessions. Full-time students (9 credits per semester) complete the program in four semesters. View a sample weeknight student course map.

Saturday Students

The Saturday MA in PR may be completed in 16 months. Each course will meet once a week on Saturdays; for three semesters students will attend classes on Saturday mornings and afternoons for seven weeks, followed by one Saturday morning class for five weeks. Students will also take online and hybrid summer session classes and an online winter session class. Other courses will be offered online or as independent study. View a sample Saturday student course map.

Public Relations Master's Program Highlights

  • Students take core public relations courses in fundamentals, storytelling, media relations, research, media literacy, reputation and crisis management, social media and innovative technology, business essentials, and international relations.
  • Elective coursework is offered through the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations; Hofstra’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business; and other disciplines.
  • The master's curriculum includes several electives including an internship or independent study. A capstone project is required of all students completing the degree.

Alumni in the Workplace

Hear from some of our recent alumni about what sets the MA in PR program apart from the rest.

Colin Sullivan
Colin Sullivan '15
Shavone Williams
Shavone Williams '16
Amy Wong
Amy Wong '17



Students get valuable career experience and professional connections with sought-after internships at the top PR / media companies in the nation.

Faculty Spotlight

Hofstra PRSSA

PRSSA is an organization designed to help students enhance their knowledge of public relations and provides access to professional development opportunities.

Hilary Topper

Faculty Spotlight

Hilary Topper teaches several undergraduate and graduate public relations courses at Hofstra University, and is the owner of HJMT Public Relations Inc., a 25-year-old, award-winning public relations and social media marketing firm.