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Public Relations - Master's

Availability: Hattiesburg Options*

Why study public relations at Southern Miss?

Graduate students who study public relations at Southern Miss enjoy the benefits of a supportive, accessible and diverse group of faculty who hold wide-ranging research interests and are committed to the success of their students; bright and worldly classmates who are part of the student body that is smart and talented; and connections to successful and appreciative graduates. Alumni hold important positions in academia and in media organizations all over the world.

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3degree options
 Study Abroad Opportunities
 Internship and Professional Opportunities


The graduate faculty combines applied knowledge with communication theory and works to engage students while challenging them to think critically as they address communication practices and issues. As such:

  • Courses examine how mass communication creates, sustains, and changes political, corporate, non-profit, and cultural institutions, and society at large.
  • The master’s degree programs integrate research and theory into a broad-based curriculum designed to prepare recent graduates and experienced professionals for:
  • Doctoral studies
  • Professional advancement
  • Personal enrichment

Supportive, Accessible and Diverse Faculty

The mass communication program is served by 12 graduate faculty members who have significant professional experience in their fields as well as advanced academic careers. In addition to teaching assigned graduate courses, faculty may serve in the capacity of academic advisor, thesis advisor or professional project director. In each instance, faculty provides guidance, support and direction to guide students in the successful completion of their specific project and/or program.


Degree Plan Availability
Public Relations MSHattiesburg
  • Public Relations Practitioner
  • Non- and For-profit firm positions
  • Communication Director
  • Teaching
  • Media Relations
  • Amanda Calhoun, 2017, 
    Communications Coordinator, Moroch Partners
  • D’Anthony Jackson, 2016,
    Assistant Account Executive, Cohn & Wolfe
  • Samone Faulkner Wilson, 2011,
    Communications and Engagement Coordinator, Hattiesburg (MS) Public School District