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Online Master's Degree in Strategic Communication and Public Relations (SCPR)

Enhance your ability to craft compelling cross-channel messaging.


With a strong focus on both theory and practice, students of the online Master's Degree in Strategic Communication and Public Relations (SCPR) program at Sacred Heart University will learn the advanced, professional skills necessary to communicate effectively across a variety of media platforms. Gain the experience, knowledge and portfolio you need to launch or advance your career as soon as you graduate.


Program Highlights

  • Real-World Experience
    Not only will you learn from a faculty composed of award-winning scholars and media professionals, but you will also gain valuable real-world experience through internships and projects that take place in professional settings.
  • Excellent Career Outlook
    The need for skilled communicators is on the rise. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities for roles such as public relations specialists, event planners, and advertising, promotions and marketing managers will grow 9–11 percent by 2026.
  • Flexible Scheduling
    With convenient eight-week sessions throughout the year, you can tailor your education to your schedule.
  • Portfolio-Worthy Coursework
    Employers are looking for professionals who can navigate today's complex media landscape. You'll graduate with a portfolio that demonstrates your expertise and distinguishes you from your competition.


The online SCPR program at Sacred Heart University is led by Dr. Candace Parrish—an award-winning specialist in public relations, visual communication and social media research with extensive industry experience.

Career Outlook: Join an exciting industry that's on the rise.

Sacred Heart University's online SCPR master's degree program will open doors to a variety of different roles in a variety of different industries: Media relations, marketing, advertising and public relations, to name a few.


Once you are employed in one of these industries, your earning potential can increase dramatically in roles like:

  • Public Relations Specialists: $59,300 median annual salary1
  • Marketing Managers: $132,230 median annual salary2
  • Advertising and Promotions Managers: $106,130 median annual salary2

Program Details

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Total Courses: 12
  • Total Credit Hours: 36
  • Work Experience Required: None

Why choose Sacred Heart University?

Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and has an outstanding reputation for excellence in the academic community:

  • Ranked a Best College in the North, U.S. News & World Report, 2015–2019
  • Institutions with the Best Online Programs, U.S. News & World Report, 2015, 2016
  • The Best 384 Colleges, The Princeton Review, 2015–2019
  • Five-Time College of Distinction (2015–2019), among approximately 200 colleges and universities in the country recognized for outstanding student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful student outcomes
  • Best Online Colleges in Connecticut for 2015–2016, Affordable Colleges Online
  • Best Colleges for Veterans (North region), U.S. News & World Report, 2014–2019
  • Named a Doctoral Professional University by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Earn your SCPR online with Sacred Heart University today

To learn more, fill out this form or call us toll-free at 877-791-7181. If you are interested in the on-campus SCPR program please click here.

For more information about the on-ground Master's Degree in Strategic Communication and Public Relations, please click here.



1. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017 May). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Public Relations Specialists. Accessed April 2, 2019, at

2. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017 May). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers. Accessed April 2, 2019, at


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