10 best online master’s degree programs for PR pros

Communicators who want to add additional knowledge and experience to their resumes can attend one of these universities while still working.

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Options for advanced degrees in the field were limited in the old days. Some evening programs in select metropolitan areas existed, but for the most part, you had to quit your job and relocate to earn a master’s. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore.

Every year, more and more universities offer online graduate programs in the field of communications that cater to working marketing and PR professionals.

We looked for programs from existing brick-and-mortar, nonprofit schools in order to compare networking opportunities and departmental reputations. We found several degrees offered entirely online—not hybrid programs—that can be attended from anywhere in the world with a great deal of flexibility.

Here are the 10 best schools to attend while you remain happily employed at your current job:

1. University of Iowa: best for value seekers

The price tag for Iowa’s M.A. in Strategic Communications doesn’t change if you live outside of the state; it’s a flat $16,000 for the whole degree.

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