Public Relations

The Public Relations graduate certificate follows an innovative approach to building professional credentials that will position you to excel in this challenging profession. You’ll learn core public relations skills and the practical application of strategic thinking.

  • 6-course (18-credit-hour) program
  • Certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters; however the usual student takes two courses a semester, and finishes in one year
  • Flexible credentials allow you to apply the graduate certificate toward the Strategic Public Relations Master’s Degree
  • Designed for working professionals, classes conveniently meet Monday through Thursday evenings at the beautiful new Alexandria Graduate Education Center, just blocks from the King Street metro (Yellow or Blue lines on D.C.'s metro)

While the program takes advantage of GW’s connections in the Nation’s Capital, providing our students with an understanding of how politics and government impacts business, technology and communications, the program is not solely focused on preparing our students for careers in politics. Many of our students work at major PR firms or in communications roles with non-profits and corporations, and yes, some work on Capitol Hill or in the Executive Branch. This makes for an exciting mix which our students take advantage of and love, regardless of their career focus.

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Public Relations Certificate Requirements
Gainful Employment Disclosure

Please note that an international applicant requiring a student visa is not eligible for admission to the graduate certificate in Public Relations.