Journalism AB/Journalism and Mass Communication MA(Public Relations)

The Master’s program with a concentration in public relations is designed to prepare aspiring students to be highly competent, socially conscious, and engaged leaders in public relations with advanced knowledge, expertise, critical thinking, digital analytical skills, and a global vision. The program is tailored to help students step up from the gained tactical knowledge to a more strategic, innovative, and managerial approach to launch their career in public relations and related areas such as corporate communication, stakeholder engagement, crisis & internal communication, external relations, public affairs, financial communication, integrated communication, etc. The intensive program features courses in theory learning and application, digital analytics, ethics & diversity, research- and data-driven strategy creation, leadership capabilities & capacity, and trends in global communication. Students will have many opportunities to learn from and interact with top leaders in the industry and from the world to gain real-world work experience and industry insights.

Admission to Program

Students may apply for the program once they have been accepted into their Grady undergraduate major. At that time, students will apply for their preferred Double Dawgs Pathway via an online application. Students will be required to submit a brief Statement of Purpose along with their application. Applications are due by the midterm of each semester. Students should have three semesters remaining on their Grady plan of study in order to have the flexibility to complete all four overlap courses.


Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

Two JOUR-prefix courses will be taken at the 6000-level or above as electives for the M.A. Options include JOUR 7090-7090L (6 credit hours), or JOUR 7091 + JOUR Specialty Graduate Course (6 credit hours). Students will complete two graduate-level Grady courses as general electives towards their undergraduate degree (ideally, JRMC 7940, JRMC 8000, or JRMC 8010).

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

Students must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours for the M.A. Required courses include:
JRMC 8000
JRMC 8010
JRMC 7940
JRMC 8100
JRMC 8150
JRMC 8020
ADPR 7950

Three elective courses

6 to 9 credit hours of cognate courses are also required.

Admission to Graduate Program

In order to qualify for the graduate portion of the program, students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, meet minimum GRE scores (153 verbal, 144 quantitative), and have three positive recommendation letters from Grady professors. Students will apply by March 1st of the year they will graduate with their undergraduate degree to both the UGA Graduate School as well as the Grady graduate program of their choosing.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Greg Nowak
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-583-8268
  • Address: 134B Journalism

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Journalism A.B.
  • Department/College: Journalism

Advising Contact

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication M.A.
  • Department/College: Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Advising Contact

  • Name: Helen Mahany
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-2896
  • Address: Journalism 312