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Certificate in Public Relations, Strategic Communication

School of Fine Arts and Communication


The Certificate in Public Relations, Strategic Communication is a fully online program designed to train students to effectively shape values, opinions, beliefs and behaviors in an ethical manner. You will understand how to communicate to targeted audiences by engaging their hearts and minds to make an impact in a fast-paced world.

The certificate program consists of three courses that are part of the Master of Arts in Public Relations and Reputation Management. This means that all the credits you earn can be applied toward the master’s program.

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Why Pursue a Public Relations Certificate?

  • Flexibility of a Fully Online Program. You can pursue this fully online program at your own pace while learning with master-level students.
  • Ethics Emphasis. At Biola, our biblically integrated curriculum will equip you with a Christian perspective on your work. You’ll see public relations as an opportunity to ethically engage the community around you and drive thoughtful decision-making.
  • Real-Life Applications. Integrate what you learn in these courses to real-life situations. Whether you are in the field of public relations or in another career, you can apply the principles you learn to make a difference in your workplace.
  • Established Reputation. Learn from award-winning faculty in a respected public relations program. Biola’s public relations program has been nationally recognized for its student organizations and initiatives, and has created a legacy of motivated, high-achieving alumni.


As a part of the certificate program, students will take the following coursework. Please refer to the catalog for more information.

  • Principles of PR – This course provides an introductions to the fundamentals of public relations including the historical context for the discipline, an overview of the public relations process, and a foundation for public relations functions within organizational settings, key legal considerations, global influences on the practice of PR, and an analysis of the future of the industry.
  • Strategic Digital Communication – Students will learn fundamental theories, tools and strategies to leverage digital media on behalf of organizations. The course will introduce principles of social media, digital analytics and paid placement with the goal of students creating integrative plans for clients in a virtual environment.
  • Social Media Analytics, Strategy & Management – Using analytics and research methods as a foundation to develop campaign initiatives, this course advances students' understanding of digital public relations in the areas of strategy development, management, and effective engagement. Students will create a comprehensive campaign initiative for a client that integrates the latest tools and industry standards across social media, SEO and Digital Strategy.

1 year
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.
Total Program Credits
Every program at Biola University features rigorous academics, biblically integrated curriculum and vocational preparation.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

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