Whether you’re looking to enter the field of public relations or wanting to broaden and brush up on your skills, below is a list of educational institutions that offer public relations and communications diplomas, degrees and courses in Manitoba.
Red River College
Located in Winnipeg’s vibrant Exchange District, Red River College is renowned for providing accessible, innovative, applied learning and research in an advanced environment, creating skilled graduates to drive the Manitoba economy.
The program gives students a high degree of knowledge and competency so they can obtain an entry-level position in a wide range of communication-based jobs. Courses are augmented by training in electronic publishing, web design, social media, creative writing, photography and marketing.
Public relations majors are prepared for entry-level communications in a range of sectors and roles, including non-profit, corporate and government.
The Joint Degree/Diploma program in Communications combines University of Winnipeg courses with the two-year Creative Communications Diploma from Red River College for a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. This cooperative approach takes advantage of the expertise of both institutions, combining a well-rounded liberal arts education with applied training.
University of Winnipeg Division of Continuing Education
This program will prepare you to work as a public relations practitioner in a corporate or not-for-profit environment. The courses will provide you with a broad foundation of PR and marketing-specific knowledge and skills with an emphasis on best practices, and current and emerging issues.
One- or two-day seminars are open to everyone and are an affordable way to add to the participants’ knowledge and skills with a minimal investment of time and money.
Programs Outside Manitoba
The most comprehesive and up-to-date list of programs across Canada can be found on the CPRS National website. Listed below are a few institutions of note.
McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)
The Master of Communications Management is a partnership degree offered by McMaster University and Syracuse University for professionals in the areas of public relations, public affairs, government communications, government relations, health communications, community management, community engagement, public participation, advocacy, stakeholder relations, consulting and communications management.
Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC)
The BA in Professional Communication is an undergraduate completion degree (years’ three and four) program that examines language, media, culture and technology. The program balances the best of academic education, professional experience and practical skills, and combines a comprehensive overview of communications as an academic field with a selection of courses in professional writing, public relations, journalism, public speaking, organizational communication and new media.
The MA in Professional Communication program consists of two years of study with an annual three-week on-campus residency at the beginning of each year. Faculty who have expert, real-world experience provide a solid foundation of advanced professional and technical skills that underpin effective leadership in an increasingly communication-driven world.
The Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication Management will improve your understanding of:
- internal and external corporate communication
- understanding of organizational culture
- social media.