Public Relations



Make your mark as a strategic communications leader, one of the most critical roles of any organization, with the Master of Arts (MA) in Public Relations at Hofstra University. Our program emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving, exceptional writing skills, and proficiency in digital platforms necessary for your success as a public relations professional.

Students have two options:

  1. A weeknight program with classes taught in person at 4:30pm and 6:30pm.
  2. An online program with an emphasis on Reputation and Crisis Management. Students complete a 3-day in-person course in New York City at the start of the program and a 3-day in-person course at the end of the program, while the remaining 10 classes are taught online.

No GRE is required, and scholarships are available for qualified candidates.

Program Highlights

Program Details

Visit the Hofstra campus or connect with the graduate admission team. We will answer your questions and put you in touch with program faculty or degree candidates to learn more. Contact us at, or call 516-463-4723.

To be considered for the MA in Public Relations program, you must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

Start your application online where you can upload the following documents:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. You may initially submit unofficial copies of your transcripts for your application review, but official transcripts will be required once you are accepted into the program.
  • Resume that includes your professional experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • 500-750-word essay detailing personal and educational history; past employment; volunteer work or related experience in the intended field of study; plans for graduate study; and plans for a professional career.
  • Writing samples, such as articles, essays, and public relations materials.
  • Interview with the program director for a skills assessment.

Visit the Public Relations program page to learn more.

International students: This program requires an English proficiency level equivalent to a 95 TOEFL. Please review additional admission requirements.

Apply to the MA in Public Relations program at any time with our rolling admissions policy.

The MA in Public Relations requires students successfully complete 36 hours of coursework. The program is available either in a traditional classroom setting or entirely online.

Working closely in a small class environment, faculty members engage you in core public relations fundamentals, storytelling, media relations, research, media literacy, reputation and crisis management, social media and innovative technology, business essentials, and international relations.

The program is designed to help you achieve specific academic goals that include effective instruction in communication practice; public relations work skills and ethics; an understanding that the convergence of print, broadcast, and online journalism greatly impacts the profession; critical thinking; strategic planning; international understanding; media literacy and content creation; and competent management techniques essential in the practice of public relations.

Because every Hofstra student is a leader in the making, emphasis is placed on management and executive level responsibilities. Courses are structured to build upon and complement each other, and syllabuses will emphasize business acumen, ethics, and a professional understanding of the public relations industry as it relates to modern media and target audiences.

Online students will have a reputation management specialization built into the curriculum. Students in the evening on-campus program may add a marketing concentration.

Visit the Public Relations program page to learn more.

Faculty Profiles

Jeffrey S. Morosoff

Jeffrey Morosoff, Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations, is the director of the graduate program in public relations. He started his career in 1979 as a deejay at WGLI-AM, traffic reporter for Shadow Network, and news director at WBLI-FM. He later taught at his alma mater.

Meet Prof. Morosoff

Kara S. Alaimo

Kara Alaimo, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations, is a specialist in international and political/advocacy communication. In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama as Spokesperson for International Affairs in the U.S. Treasury Department.

Meet Dr. Alaimo

Victoria F. Semple

Victoria Semple, Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations, has presented and published research in gender imbalance found within the public relations discipline, and technology’s positive and negative influence on pedagogy.

Meet Prof. Semple
Jeffrey S. Morosoff
Kara S. Alaimo
Victoria F. Semple

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How to Apply

Earn the professional recognition and personal achievement you seek with a graduate degree from Hofstra University. Whether you study online or on campus, full or part time, you will benefit from small class settings with nationally recognized faculty and a community of peers all contributing to a transformative learning experience. Questions?  Call 516-463-4723 or email our graduate admission team at