Resources › For Students and Parents Public Relations Information for Business Majors An Overview of the Public Relations Major Share Flipboard Email Print PeopleImages / Getty Images. PeopleImages / Getty Images For Students and Parents Business School Business Specializations Business Degree Options Choosing A Business School Business School Admissions MBA Programs & Rankings Business Careers and Internships Student Resources Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Admissions College Life Graduate School Law School Distance Learning View More By Karen Schweitzer Business Education Expert Karen Schweitzer is a business school admissions consultant, curriculum developer, and education writer. She has been advising MBA applicants since 2005. our editorial process Karen Schweitzer Updated July 03, 2019 Public relations, founded by Edward Bernays, is a worthwhile specialization for business majors who have an interest in marketing, advertising, and communication. Public relations (PR) professionals have the important responsibility of nurturing relationships between a company and its clients, customers, shareholders, the media, and other important parties central to a business. Nearly every industry employs public relations managers, which means that opportunities abound for individuals with a PR degree. Public Relations Degree Options There are public relations degree options at every level of study: Associate Program - This undergraduate program lasts for two years and can be found at many small community colleges. Programs at this level commonly have a lot of general education classes and a small number of specialized classes in communications or public relations. Bachelor Program - This undergraduate program lasts for four years and can be found at most colleges and universities. Programs typically include a mix of general education courses and public relations courses. Some schools allow students to customize their education with specialized electives. Master's Program - This graduate program is for students who have already earned an undergraduate degree; it typically lasts two years and can be found at graduate schools and business schools. Master's programs, particularly MBA programs, commonly feature core business courses along with specialized courses in public relations. Many programs include opportunities for hands-on experiences. Business majors interested in working in the public relations field will be well-served with a four-year undergraduate degree. Most employment opportunities require at least a bachelor's degree. However, there are some students who get their start by earning an associate's degree with a specialization in communications or public relations. A master's degree or an MBA degree is advisable for students interested in a high-up position, such as a supervisory or specialist position. A dual MBA degree in public relations and advertising or public relations and marketing may also be beneficial. Finding a Public Relations Program Business majors interested in pursuing a public relations specialization should have no problem locating degree programs at any level. Use the following tips to find the right program for you. Look for a program that is accredited. Accreditation ensures a quality education and improves your chances of career success.Look at ranking lists from organizations like U.S. News & World Report to see which public relations programs are considered among the best,If you're interested in working for a specific company, do some research to see which schools that company typically recruits from. Public Relations Coursework Business majors who want to work in public relations will need to learn how to create, implement, and follow through with a public relations campaign. Courses will generally center on topics like: MarketingAdvertisingCommunicationsPromotional writingSpeech writingMedia planningCreative strategy StatisticsEthics Working in Public Relations Public relations professionals can work for a specific company or for a PR firm that handles a wide variety of companies. Applicants with a respected degree and a good understanding of various marketing concepts will have the best job opportunities. To learn more about working in public relations, visit the Public Relations Society of America website. The PRSA is the world’s largest organization of public relations professionals. Membership is open to recent college graduates and seasoned professionals. Members have access to educational and career resources as well as networking opportunities. Common Job Titles Some of the most common job titles in the public relations field include: Promotions Assistant - A promotions or advertising assistants handle communications and work on promotional campaigns.Public Relations Specialist - PR or media specialists work with the media and help clients communicate with the public. Public Relations Manager - Public relations managers or directors supervise PR departments. They perform many of the same duties as PR specialists.