Public Relations Track
Deborah A. Silverman, Principal Adviser
Bishop Hall 225, (716) 878-3606
About the Program
The multidisciplinary studies program is designed for individuals with unique professional and educational objectives not readily met by traditional master's degree programs. Through advisement and with certain guidelines, students design their own program by selecting graduate courses from academic departments at the college or from other accredited institutions.
There are three tracks available: individualized, museum studies, and public relations management.
Upon satisfactory completion of an approved course of study, either a master of arts or a master of science degree is awarded, depending on the scope and content of the program.
Visit www.buffalostate.edu/graduateschool/multi/ for more information.
After completing the statement of intent and meeting with the program coordinator, students identify a principal adviser. The principal adviser reviews the statement of intent and eventually approves a plan of study and agrees to serve as thesis/project adviser. A detailed plan of study, including specific courses, may be required.
When a principal adviser has been secured, the Principal Adviser Consent form (PDF) must be completed.
The principal adviser also enumerates any additional requirements the student must complete before being permitted to advance to candidacy, including but not limited to requiring that the student identify a second adviser to support the course of study and read the eventual thesis or project.
The principal adviser is charged with working closely with the student throughout the plan of study and with serving as a point of contact with the Graduate School to support and advise the student. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate and maintain contact and ongoing communication with the principal adviser.
Public Relations Track
This track is designed for public relations practitioners in the Western New York area or those who wish to find their way into that career. The program will assist students in obtaining coursework in public relations, in combination with a related field such as business, creative studies, or leadership. The track identifies the series of appropriate courses, those currently being offered to those professionals seeking advanced educational opportunities.
Public Relations, M.S.
Core courses (9 credit hours, all courses 3 credits)
COM 610: Strategic Public Relations
COM 620: Public Relations Management
COM 630: Applications of Public Relations
Students also take 21 credits of electives (7 courses), selected through advisement and based on student interest and career goals. Six of these 21 credits (2 courses) in electives may be additional COM courses, including COM 519: Communication for Leaders and Managers, and COM 590: Independent Study.
Master’s Project (3 credit hours)
Total = 30 credit hours
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