Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Public Relations program at Golden Gate University strengthens students' skills and knowledge in order to prepare them for future careers. The program is designed for current working professionals that are interested in updating or enhancing their knowledge within the field of public relations. The courses are not as intensive and demand less time that the public relations master’s degree. However, the classes still focus on the major topics and will help students stay competitive within the PR field. Instructors within the program are experienced professionals who bring real-world knowledge, skills, theory and application to the classroom. If a student would like to enroll in a more traditional class format, the program offers campus-based courses that are available on the San Francisco campus.

Students will be required to complete six courses for a total of 18 semester units. The first five courses are Integrated Marketing Communications, Contemporary Public Relations, Writing for Public Relations & Marketing Communications, Media Relations & the Professional Spokesperson, and Managing Public Issues: Consumer Affairs & Government Relations. In addition to the five courses listed previously, the student will also be required to complete one, 300-level course with the prefix ACCTG, ENGL, FI, MKT, or PR. Some of the courses may have prerequisites that need to be completed before enrollment. The prerequisites can be completed through approved transfer credit or course completion at Golden Gate University.

Students within the program will learn topics such as designing and implementing news releases within electronic media, management of news events, effective spokesperson strategies and planning public relations campaigns.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Must hold a bachelors degree or higher.

    School Overview

    With just four students, Golden Gate University began evening classes in 1901 in San Francisco. Today, it maintains three added campus locations, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Seattle, along with an online program fueled by “cutting edge course content” and “real world and real time” instructors that bring exdivertise to the classroom. This private nonprofit university targets undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in “law, taxation, business and related professions.” Today, the university hosts thousands of online students across the globe in forty plus countries. Limited class sizes provide a “seminar-style” atmosphere with asynchronous discussions. Golden Gate offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a myriad of disciplines. These degrees also are available for online students with the exception of Psychology, Law, and cohort programs.


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