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Public Relations Online Degree Program

Public relations is a critical part of nearly every industry. Boise State’s Public Relations Online bachelor of arts degree offers students the opportunity to explore their interests, meet their goals and develop new skills–100% online.

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Recognized for Quality Education and Affordability

Boise State’s Public Relations Online program ranks among the top in the nation. With no out-of-state tuition and 100% online coursework, our program provides you the flexibility to get your bachelor’s degree. From application to graduation, students are supported throughout their education journey at Boise State.

Boise State’s Public Relations Online program ranked No. 13 for Best Online Bachelor’s Public Relations Degrees by the Guide to Online Schools.

The Public Relations Online program at Boise State University was No. 6 in the US for 2020 Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s Public Relations Degrees by Online U.

Bachelor's in Public Relations at a Glance

What can you do with a Public Relations Degree?

Students can integrate their interests into the program, ultimately graduating with substantial training in both the concepts and practices needed for a public relations career. Students are supported by faculty, program staff and one another. Students can work toward their degree through either a full- or part-time schedule.

Public relations has the power to shape an organization’s impact on the world. What will your impact be?

Possible Careers

  • Media planner
  • Brand strategist
  • HR specialist
  • Digital marketing manager
  • Professional organizer
  • Social media influencer
  • Technical writer
  • Visual designer

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How do I apply?

To qualify for the Public Relations Online program you must:

  • Be accepted to Boise State University and
  • Have a minimum of 60 semester credits earned from a regionally accredited academic institution


    • Have a bachelor’s or an AA/AS degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Public relations is a writing-intensive field. A willingness to develop strong writing skills is necessary.

Students who do not meet the above requirements are encouraged to contact a Student Success Coach for more information on how to get started.

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How much does it cost?

Boise State University’s online programs offer reasonably priced tuition, ongoing support, financial aid options and degree paths that help ensure you reach your goals quickly and efficiently. Depending on how many credits you bring in at the start of the program, costs may vary.

Boise State Undergraduate Admissions Application Fee$50
Courses (30 total credits @ $350 per credit*)$10,500
Books (10 total classes @ estimated $100 per class)$1,000
Graduation Application Fee$20
Approximate Total Investment$11,570
Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with microphone and internet access, all of which are all required for this program.Varies

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What classes will I take?

The below online Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations degree curriculum shows the courses required for the program. In addition, certain University Foundations courses are required to earn a bachelor’s degree from Boise State. These foundation courses may be met through transfer coursework or will be incorporated into your program of study at Boise State.

Course NumberTitleCredits
Upper Division Major Requirements
PRO 300Introduction to Public Relations3
PRO 301Technology for Professionals2
PRO 302Preparing for the Profession1
PRO 303Public Relations Campaign Strategies3
PRO 320Business and Professional Communication3
PRO 322Media and Social Media Strategies for Professionals3
PRO 323Media Law3
PRO 332Writing for Professionals3
FF PRO 499Capstone3
You will work with your advisor based on your goals and credit needs to determine which courses you need. Choose at least two courses from the following:

PRO 310 Interviewing
PRO 311 Multimedia Storytelling
PRO 312 Conflict and Collaboration
PRO 313 Public Relations Ethics
PRO 321 Applied Research for Professionals
PRO 330 Global Public Relations
PRO 331 Public Relations Case Studies
PRO 333 Community Relations
PRO 400 Crisis Management
PRO 401 Project Management
PRO 493 Internship
Additional academic credits and foundational courses 60
Total 120

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Need more information?

We’re here to help! From deciding if an online degree is right for you to figuring out what credits transfer from previous schools, talking to a Student Success Coach is the best place to start.

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Boise State Online Public Relations students can be found across the nation. Learn more on this interactive map, or visit the Google map.

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Once you’ve completed your program orientation, you’ll be assigned a Student Success Advisor. Academic Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor. Together you will discuss and develop a plan for your degree.

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Student Success Stories

Boise State’s new Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations degree just launched in 2019, but the graduates of the longer-running certificate program have a lot to tell us about how Boise State prepared them for success. The professors who teach the in-person public relations classes also teach for online program.

Julie Chigbrow and Sophia Hartsock shared their journey from Boise State to the professional world of strategic communications at Red Sky, a local Public Relations firm that represents many high profile Idaho organizations.

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Sophia's PR Story

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