Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Communication; Business & Finance
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Public Relations Bachelor’s Degree Program

Learn the skills you need to be a leader in the fast-paced world of public relations. Founded upon Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values, the bachelor’s program equips you with the skills and knowledge to be an ethical, professional public relations leader. Public relations professionals are those who tell an organization’s story – be that storyteller! The public relations degree also offers exciting opportunities to gain real-world experience and opportunities to take part in the Rome campus and the Emerging Leaders Academy.

The Public Relations bachelor’s degree is offered at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Public Relations Degree Program Highlights

At the University of Mary, the communication department provides a learning atmosphere that fosters creativity and community, and prepares you for a wide range of careers in communication. You will learn to:

  • Behave ethically in the profession.
  • Write, speak and visually communicate effectively to various audiences in a variety of formats.
  • Use technical skills (in such areas as: audio, video, computer, photography, and research) to create and communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Communication theory as a basis for professional thinking.
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn so as to adapt, to create, and to manage change in the world of Communication and meet professional demands while developing productive working relationships.
  • Discuss a range of global, societal, religious, political, and like pertinent issues, and their importance to and influence on Communication.

These skills will be ready for use in the world of work. This is made possible at the end of their senior year when each student completes a culminating, semester long internship experience. This will round out the typical bachelor's degree requirement of 124 semester hours which can be managed in four years.

Career Outlook for Public Relations Majors

Employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024. Organizations will continue to emphasize community outreach and customer relations as a way to maintain and enhance their reputation and visibility. Public opinion can change quickly, particularly because both good and bad news spreads rapidly through the Internet. Consequently, public relations specialists will be needed to respond to news developments and maintain their organization’s reputation. Increased use of social media also is expected to increase employment for public relations specialists. These media outlets will create more work for public relations specialists as they try to appeal to consumers and the general public in new ways. Public relations specialists will be needed to help their clients use these new types of social media effectively.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition

Major in Public Relations:

ENG 121; ART 108, ART 115 or 121; BUS 215, 333, 371; COM 102, 106, 110, 204; 210 or 212; 226, 237, 303; 309 or 311; 315, 316, 329, 330, 332, 413, 414, 420, 426, 430, 432,; two practica from: Forensics, Theatre, Video, Summit; ALU 499.

Minor in Public Relations:

COM 204, 226, 315, 329, 332, 413; BUS 333 or COM 330. ART 108 highly recommended.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


If you are considering a bachelor’s degree in public relations, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota: