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Public Relations Graduate Certificate - 166

Program overview:
START DATE: September
PROGRAM STATUS: Open for September 2016
SCHOOL: Business
PROGRAM NUMBER: 166
PROGRAM LENGTH: 1 academic year (period of 8 months)
CAMPUS: Fennell Campus - Hamilton
CO-OP OPTION: No
ACCREDITATION: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Campus September 2016
166 - Fennell Campus - Hamilton Open Open

An increasingly complex and interesting field, a career in PR offers the chance to let your writing and communications skills shine

Do you have a passion for writing? A talent for communicating? Public Relations training could be for you. In the technologically and sophisticated global society that we currently live in, the function of establishing and maintaining open and effective communications between corporations, governments, organizations and their publics demands qualified, talented, highly-trained public relations practitioners.

At the end of the program, students should have developed a portfolio of materials and projects that demonstrate their ability to function at a professional level. 

Program Highlights

  • Formulate PR strategies and execute tactics in Corporate and Not-For-Profit Communications
  • Explore Media Relations, Electronic Publishing, Crisis Communications and Advertising
  • Learn to use technological media in PR planning and execution
  • Acquire expertise in PR analysis and planning
  • Write professional-level public relations materials
  • Develop visually creative materials to meet PR objectives
  • Plan and orchestrate an event
  • Learn principles of fundraising
  • Receive an introduction to the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Business Communicators

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Work Placement

Students participate in an unpaid work placement consisting of 105 hours field placement either completed during the academic year, or in the three weeks immediately following the end of second term.

The Agency

The Agency provides student involvement on campaigns for predominantly not-for-profit organizations. Student teams from allied programs, working together under the guidance of Mohawk College faculty, collaborate in a multi-disciplinary framework. Read more about The Agency.

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Complete a Master's Degree

Queen Margaret University - Edinburgh, Scotland

Studying for one year at Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University (QMU), graduates of Mohawk College's Graduate Certificate in Public Relations can gain an MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations.

Queen Margaret University - transfer agreement pageEdinburgh, Scotland's capital, with its impressive architecture, rich history and vibrant atmosphere, is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world. It is the home of the Scottish Parliament and government, a world financial and business centre and the location of events which attract global attention, including the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival fringe. All this, together with its globally connected transport infrastructure, makes Edinburgh an ideal place to take your studies in public relations to the masters level.

Studying for one year at Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University (QMU), graduates of Mohawk College's Graduate Certificate in Public Relations can gain an MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations. Students learn from an academic team which includes internationally published researchers and practitioners with years of professional experience, work with live clients and study alongside students who already work in PR roles. As QMU is accredited by both the UK's Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA), there are opportunities to develop your international professional network.

Preferential fees and credit points are available to graduates of Mohawk's Graduate Certificate in Public Relations. Scholarships are also available along with full support from QMU's International Liaison Office.

View this pathway on the Mohawk transfer database.

For further information contact:
Recruitment & International Liaison Office
t:+ 44 ( 0) 131 474 0000
e: international@qmu.ac.uk