Public Relations Online BA

Prepare for a career in the in-demand field of public relations. Earning your public relations degree online with SUNY Oswego is a smart decision and a good value. Online students are taught by award-winning SUNY Oswego faculty and take courses that are designed with success at the forefront. Our bachelor's degree prepares students for careers in corporate, government, agency or nonprofit public relations. The curriculum emphasizes writing, critical thinking and interpersonal skills that are needed to propel your career.

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Earning your bachelor's degree from The SUNY Oswego's online PR program allows you to join the ranks of alumni who are leaders in both the private and public sector. Working with the same faculty as our in-person students you will develop expertise in public relations principles, persuasive writing, research, ethics, and campaign development, execution, and evaluation. The program also provides elective courses to prepare students with a solid understanding of social media, graphic design, and crisis management. 



The online Bachelor's in Public Relations is a degree completion program designed for students who already have some college credits or an associate degree. You may be eligible for admission if you have completed approximately 60 credits of transferable college credits.


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SUNY Oswego Online Programs Offer Convenience and Value

The SUNY Oswego online completion degree in public relations offers a flexible option for busy adults who are juggling work and personal obligations. Students in the public relations program benefit from the flexibility of completing coursework at home while still having access to industry leading professors. Online coursework is rigorous and requires highly valued self-discipline and time-management skills. Oswego's online programs offer students the ability to earn a degree at a highly respected institution at a SUNY price point! 


  • Apply critical research methods for solving public relations problems
  • Demonstrate an ability to plan, strategize, and implement public relations writing skills in a variety of public relations materials and channels including print, broadcasting, digital, and social media
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process of public relations program development and implementation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and role of public relations, the history and development of the field, ethics and legal consideration, theories and principles underlying PR practices, and the societal forces affecting the profession and its practice
  • Apply graphic design skills for developing creative online and offline public relations program materials.

Career Opportunities

  • Account management
  • Media
  • Public affairs
  • Business and industry
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Politics
  • Social media
  • Cause of product marketing

Program Resources

Academic Planning Coordinators work with students enrolled in our online completion degree programs. They will help to chart the most time-efficient path to degree completion possible. Your coordinator will help you navigate this path based on when you are accepted, how many credits you are transferring and your intended graduation date.

We highly recommend speaking to an academic planning coordinator before you apply to the program.

Open SUNY Support Services Help Desk

In addition to SUNY Oswego's technical support, online students have access to the Open SUNY Support Services Help Desk.  The help desk provides primary support for Blackboard sites for more than half of the 64 SUNY colleges and universities across New York State. Current students may contact the help desk for any questions specifically related to online courses.  

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