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States with public relations schools

How will your public relations education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the public relations education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 326 traditional public relations schools in the US.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with public relations programs were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  2. New York University - located in New York, New York
  3. The University of Texas at Austin - located in Austin, Texas

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in public relations were earned by 11,241 students in the US. Of these students, 190 received certifications in public relations, 10,324 received an undergraduate degree in public relations, and 727 received a graduate-level degree in public relations.


Students can pursue education in public relations at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Public Relations
  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations
  • Master's Degree in Public Relations
  • Doctoral Degree in Public Relations
  • Certificate in Public Relations

The skills and/or knowledge that public relations students can expect to gain during the course of their public relations education are:

  • Management
  • Statistics
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis


The average tuition at public relations schools around the nation was $23,117 per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following public relations schools:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183
  3. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - located in Troy, New York, students paid $39,165

The following public relations schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491
  3. Texas State University-San Marcos - located in San Marcos, Texas, students paid $6,168

How will your public relations job compare?

The following states have the largest number of public relations professionals:

  1. California - 6,320 Public Relations Professionals
  2. New York - 5,460 Public Relations Professionals
  3. Washington DC - 3,130 Public Relations Professionals

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for public relations professionals to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Georgia - 23%
  2. Montana - 21%
  3. Utah - 21%


Public relations professionals in the US can make an average of $97,117 per year. However, factors such as professional associations and certifications, location, and experience can cause the salary for public relations professionals to vary greatly dependent on the exact public relations profession you pursue. Approximately 10 percent of public relations professionals earn less than $17,670 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $164,350 per year. The states with the highest average salary for public relations professionals are:

  1. New York - $139,550 per year
  2. Delaware - $136,530 per year
  3. Virginia - $133,590 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for public relations professionals are:

  1. Mississippi - $63,040 per year
  2. Oklahoma - $63,480 per year
  3. West Virginia - $66,310 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying
public relations?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 53,460 $104,390 22.1%