Public Relations Certificate Program

The Public Relations Certificate is designed for students who have or are pursuing a baccalaureate degree and wish to specialize in the area of public relations. The 24-credit program includes courses in writing for the media, publication design, speech communication, as well as other areas of public relations. Upon completion of the program, students with a baccalaureate degree receive an official Public Relations Certificate.

Required Courses
COM 104Speech Communication3
or COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech
COM 107Persuasive Writing for Media3
COM 212Publication Design3
COM 240Public Relations3
COM 316Feature Writing3
COM 341Publicity Methods3
COM 440Cases & Campaigns in PR3
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Video Production
Organizational Communication
Issues in Event Planning
Sports Media Relations
Communication Research Methods
Total Credits24

A grade of “C+” or better in each course is required for the certificate. A minimum of six of the required courses must be taken at Rider.

Admission Requirements

Minimum admissions requirements for the public relations certificate are:

  • a baccalaureate degree or be a candidate for a baccalaureate degree (usually at Rider);
  • junior standing or beyond (may take some courses before admission to the program);
  • a 2.5 GPA in all undergraduate work or evidence of acceptable public relations experience.

This program is available only to students enrolled in CCS.

Program Completion and Certification

Students will receive their certificates after successfully completing the eight required courses. Students without a baccalaureate degree will receive their certificates after completing the eight required courses and the baccalaureate degree. The notation Public Relations Certificate will appear on the student’s Rider transcript when the certificate is awarded. Students leaving CCS for any other Rider undergraduate program before earning the certificate will not be eligible for the certificate.


Boris Vilic
Dean, College of Continuing Studies
Bart Luedeke Center