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Public Relations Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Public Relations Manager or Specialist

Public relations (or corporate communications, as it is also known) is an important component of any company, whether high profile or low. Ensuring that a company is well-represented in the media, with stakeholders and through any public-facing medium, is vital for protecting reputation and integrity. Public relations programs at Ontario colleges prepare students for roles in this fast-paced, detail-oriented industry with leading-edge business and communication skills.

If you’d like to work on the front lines of a business or organization and start an exciting public relations career, here’s what you need to know. More

Public Relations Courses

Public relations programs are a unique blend of business and communications skills. From a business perspective, emphasis is placed on time management, resource management, and organization. From a communications perspective, subjects will include writing and editing, concept creation, media relations, and conflict resolution.

Students will learn to handle all public relations outlets including the media, stakeholders, government officials, and more.

General Public Relations Program Requirements

Some Ontario college public relations programs are offered at the diploma level, while others are offered as graduate certificates. For those offered at the diploma level, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent is required, including a senior English and math credit. For programs offered as graduate certificates, a university degree or college diploma is required.

Public Relations Jobs and Salaries

Under the title of Public Relations Specialist or Public Relations Manager, roles in the PR industry include writing, researching, media relations, event planning, and marketing communications. Public relations careers can take you many places – you may choose to specialize in corporate public relations or work with not-for-profit organizations, across nearly any industry. You can also choose to work with a company as a full-time employee, or operate as a contracted employee or consultant.

The average starting salary for public relations graduates is in the low- to mid-$30,000 range, but can rise quickly with experience. For contract positions where wages are calculated hourly, wages can range from $15 for entry-level employees to $45 per hour or more for highly skilled, highly experienced positions.

Ontario Colleges Offering Public Relations Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of public relations programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Bachelor of Public Relations HUMBER LAKESHORE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Public Relations


  • Program Length: 8 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 22221
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Bachelor of Public Relations (Honours) (CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION) CONESTOGA DOON CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Public Relations (Honours) (CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION)


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1278C
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Bachelor of Public Relations Management CENTENNIAL STORY ARTS CENTRE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Public Relations Management


  • Program Length: 8 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 0617
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Business - Human Resources CONFEDERATION THUNDER BAY CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Business - Human Resources


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0220
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Business - Human Resources CONFEDERATION THUNDER BAY OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Business - Human Resources


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0220
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Business Administration - Human Resources (APPLY TO FIRST YEAR 0220) CONFEDERATION THUNDER BAY CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Business Administration - Human Resources (APPLY TO FIRST YEAR 0220)


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0229
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Human Resources Management (POST DIPLOMA) CONFEDERATION THUNDER BAY CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Human Resources Management (POST DIPLOMA)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0272
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Human Resources Management (POST DIPLOMA) CONFEDERATION THUNDER BAY OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Human Resources Management (POST DIPLOMA)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0272
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0468X01F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0468X01F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations CAMBRIAN BARRYDOWNE (SUDBURY) CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PRPG
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations CANADORE COLLEGE DRIVE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 020112
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations CONESTOGA DOON CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1093
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations DURHAM OSHAWA CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 5 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PUBL
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations HUMBER LAKESHORE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 04761
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations LOYALIST MAIN CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PURE
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 166
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations ST. CLAIR MAIN CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: B791
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations (GRADUATE CERTIFICATE) NIAGARA WELLAND CAMPUS CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations (GRADUATE CERTIFICATE)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0171
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Public Relations (POSTGRADUATE) HUMBER LAKESHORE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations (POSTGRADUATE)


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 04561
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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