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Ontario College Graduate Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne and Online/Virtual

World-renowned business mogul Warren Buffett once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” In just eight months, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively, build relationships, and manage internal and external forces in order to maintain and enhance reputations for all types and sizes of organizations.

You will learn the ropes of the public relations industry through classes, labs, and hands-on assignments and gain the range of skills you need to be a great communicator, including:

  • Media relations
  • Event planning and execution
  • Speechwriting and presenting
  • Writing for web, social media, print, and broadcast
  • Photography and podcast production
  • Strategic communications planning

This program is delivered as a combination of online or virtual courses, classroom experiences, and practical experiences, giving you the flexibility to learn from the convenience of your home community.

Cambrian College is a member of both the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Business Communicators. Students are encouraged to consider purchasing a student membership in these professional associations.

Program Highlights
  • 1 year – 2 semesters
  • Delivered as a combination of online courses, classroom experiences, and practical experiences
  • Real-world experience from planning and executing community events and developing strategic plans for community clients
  • Courses cover all aspects of public relations, including event planning, media relations, speechwriting, social media communications, and more
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How to Apply

Business and Information Technology

Admission Requirements

Graduate of a recognized two- or three-year postsecondary program.


  • A communications background

Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:


Fall Term Start

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ADV 1231Photography 3
ISP 1216Communication Design 4
PRO 1105Intro To Public Relations Theory 3
PRO 1215Media Relations 3
PRO 2305Event Management Theory 3
PRO 3541Corporate Communications 4
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 2
MKT 1100Introduction To Marketing I 4
PRO 2400Writing for Media Relations 4
PRO 2417Speechwriting and Presenting 4
PRO 3000Applied Public Relations 4
PRO 3520Strategic Communications Planning 3
PRO 3560Social and Digital Media 3
 Term Credits: 22
 Total Credits: 42
Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $6,709.70. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $14,119.28. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 for the 2016-2017 Academic year is approximately $1,500. This includes $800 for a camera and $700 for books. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for positions in PR and communications, but it is a skill set that is relevant to, and has applications in, many other fields. Graduates may find employment in a public relations capacity as:

  • Communication/information officers and specialists
  • Marketing specialists
  • Social media specialists
  • Special events coordinator
  • Publicists
  • Media relations officers
University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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