Department of Advertising and Public Relations

Advertising is the creative expression of strategic persuasive communication. Individuals and organizations use advertising to educate and motivate consumers, voters, employees, suppliers, shareholders, public interest groups, and the general public. Public relations is the creative expression of strategic persuasive communication to build relationships vital to the success of the organization. It is used by individuals and organizations to communicate and motivate consumers, voters, employees, suppliers, shareholders, public interest groups, and the general public.

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Programs

The Master of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations is designed for aspiring students who wish to gain advanced knowledge and expertise in creating and managing persuasive communication. We help motivated students transition from a tactical to a more strategic, managerial approach to advertising and public relations, while becoming ethical and globally competent thought leaders in their future careers.

Two plans are offered for the Master of Arts in advertising and public relations:

Plan I: a two-year, individualized plan that allows students to gain deeper expertise in a particular area of advertising and/or public relations

Plan II: a one-year, general plan that offers students basic expertise in advertising and public relations (this program will not be offered after the 2018-2019 academic year)

Faculty

Chair
  • Joseph Phelps
Professor
  • Joseph Phelps

Courses

APR
522
Hours
3
Media Strategy and Analytics

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to use research to select appropriate media channels to communicate to stakeholders. Students will learn to create media briefings and plans for persuasive communication campaigns that include data-driven recommendations. Students will also learn how to retrieve, assess and visualize social media and web analytics.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of APR 550, APR 551 and APR 583
APR
523
Hours
3
Media Relations

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to manage relationships with media gatekeepers in order to facilitate communication through their channels, including media selection, build relationships with gatekeepers, and interacting with the media through interviews and press conferences. Students will also learn how to track and analyze media coverage and sentiment using online tools.

APR
524
Hours
3
Reputation Communication Strategy

This course is designed to introduce students to the practice of managing integrated communication to build, maintain and repair an organization’s reputation. Emphasis will be placed on issues and risk management, corporate social responsibility, cause-related marketing, advocacy advertising and crisis communication.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of APR 550, APR 551 and APR 583
APR
525
Hours
3
Brand Communication Strategy

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to branding from a marketing perspective, and how integrated communication is used to communicate a brand’s identity to build, manage and protect brand equity. Emphasis will be placed on brand assessment, brand positioning, audience selection and the marketing promotional mix.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of APR 550, APR 551 and APR 583
APR
550
Hours
3
Analysis and Insights I

This is the first part of a two-semester course designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and analyze secondary, qualitative and quantitative data to draw meaningful academic and/or industry conclusions, monitor and measure outcomes of communication efforts, and present and visualize data proficiently. This course will include an introduction to social and digital media analytics.

APR
551
Hours
3
Foundations of Integrated Communication

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental theories and concepts that drive the research and practice of advertising and public relations and how to apply those theories and concepts for academic and industry inquiry.

APR
570
Hours
3
Industry Outlook and Professional Development

This course is designed to acquaint students with the landscape of the advertising, public relations and integrated communication industry. Students will prepare for the job and internship search by creating resumes, CVs, cover letters and portfolios that will make them viable on the job market. Students will also discuss networking, building relationships with stakeholders and clients, creating presentation-ready documents using Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, and presentation and pitching skills.

APR
572
Hours
3
Persuasive Communication

The practice of creating, writing, editing, and producing persuasive communication for advertising and public relations. Writing skills are exercised extensively in this course.

APR
582
Hours
3
APR Management

Problems and decision-making processes involved in the management of advertising and public relations programs and organizations.

APR
583
Hours
3
Analysis and Insights II

This course is the second part of a two semester course designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and analyze secondary, qualitative and quantitative data to draw meaningful academic and/or industry conclusions, monitor and measure outcomes of communication efforts, and present and visualize data proficiently. This course includes an introduction to social and digital media analytics.

Prerequisite(s): APR 550
APR
590
Hours
3
Special Topics

The practice of developing ideas and creative strategies for professional evaluations about design and its application. Each student prepares a portfolio.

APR
592
Hours
3
Integrated Communication Strategy

This course is designed to provide students with skills and concepts to communicate to stakeholders effectively using a variety of media channels (mass, controlled, digital, social, interpersonal) and focusing on communication as an art and a science. Emphasis is placed on assessing research to guide strategic decisions and on evaluating writing for persuasive content across various media channels.

Prerequisite(s): APR 551
APR
593
Hours
3
Global Communication Management

This industry-driven course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to lead persuasive communication departments and agencies effectively on an international scale. Emphasis is placed on understanding how to use critical thinking and problem solving to make ethical, cultural, financial and personnel decisions that affect multi-market organizations.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of APR 550, APR 551, APR 570, APR 583 and APR 592
APR
596
Hours
1-3
Independent Study Resrch

No description available.

APR
597
Hours
3
Research for Non-Thesis Project

Research to develop an integrated communication campaign for a specific organization. This is the preparation stage for the major case study prepared by the student in APR 598.

APR
598
Hours
3
Non-Thesis Project

Development and presentation of an integrated communication plan and proposal for a specific organization. Integration of theory, concepts, and techniques in a complete communication program.

APR
599
Hours
1-12
Thesis Research

No description available.