Bachelor of Public Relations (Honours)

Program Details

Credential: 4-Year Bachelor of Public Relations (Honours)

This four-year Bachelor degree program prepares graduates with the critical thinking skills and practical experience required to manage reputation, responses, and relationships between an organization and its public.

Students use a case-based approach to consider and address the problems faced by public relations professionals. This method requires the student to develop strong oral and written communication skills, research skills, diplomacy, strategic thinking and the ability to understand complex issues.

Students develop the business acumen needed to manage issues, plan events, develop campaigns and lead communication projects in areas such as employee communication, media relations, investor relations, marketing communication and other specialized communication functions in corporate, not-for-profit and agency environments.

Student Availability

Conestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.

Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.
Work/Study Sequence - Public Relations
Year Fall (Sept. - Dec.) Winter (Jan. - Apr.) Spring/Summer (May - Aug.)
Year 1 Classes Classes  
Year 2 Classes Classes Classes
Year 3 Work Term 1 Classes Work Term 2
Year 4 Classes Classes  

Note: The work-study sequence for this program has changed. Beginning in fall 2020, students will be available for work term in the fall semester

Work Term Capabilities

Specific skills and abilities that students are typically capable of performing during a given work term are listed below.

Work Term I

Work Term II

Sample Job Titles

Work Term I: Public Relations Assistant, Communications Coordinator, Communications Officer, Event Planner

Work Term II: Fundraising and Development Coordinator, Web Strategist, Web Writer/Editor, PR and Product Coordinator, Marketing & Events Coordinator, Charities Coordinator, Media Relations Coordinator, Donor Relations Coordinator, Member Relations Coordinator, Employee Communications Coordinator, Internal Communications Coordinator, Marketing Communications Coordinator, Community Relations Coordinator

Work Term III: Strategic Communications Specialist, Manager - Media & Interactive Services, Investor Relations Specialist, Manager - Corporate Communications, External Communications Specialist

Program Courses

To see a typical course list for this program, see the current program course information.

Wage Data

Conestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students. See the Schedule and Wage Data for details.

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Contact Information

Do you need help developing a recruitment plan or job posting, accessing wage information, or connecting with a talented co-op student? Contact:

Darren Pearson
Employer Relations Consultant
519-748-5220 ext. 2996