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While several online universities offer programs in communications, journalism or another media-related field, very few offer a bachelors degree public relations. One of the best online programs in this field is offered through Ashford University. This school offers a bachelors degree in Public Relations and Marketing. There are several benefits to this program. It requires a total of 120 credit hours to complete (46 of which cover general education courses), which is similar to any university you might attend in person. Students can also transfer up to 99 credits from another school to apply towards their degree from Ashford.
Students in this degree program take a wide variety of courses to prepare them for a career in public relations, including marketing, advertising, branding, corporate communications, strategic planning, message development, and problem analysis. The program also requires that students complete a capstone course where they will use the knowledge they've gained to create a marketing plan. This capstone project will provide great material for a portfolio when graduates go on to look for jobs.
Applicants to this program must have a high school diploma or a GED. If the applicant is under 22 years of age, they must receive approval from the Registrar's Office before applying. Through the online format, students take just one class at a time for five weeks each. The program costs are moderate at $354 per credit. Several payment options are available, including financial aid, military tuition assistance and direct employer billing.