Public Relations AGRADE Program

The AGRADE program enables highly qualified Communication Studies seniors to enroll simultaneously in undergraduate and graduate programs and to apply a maximum of 12 credits toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. The program encourages such students to continue to graduate school at Wayne State by reducing the time to the master's degree. Only AGRADE-approved courses in which the student has earned a B or higher will transfer to the graduate transcript. Once in the master's program, students may be required to repeat an AGRADE course in which they earn less than a B grade. 

Eligibility: AGRADE applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.5. Applicants are also expected to have performed at a superior level in their major, as determined by the major department and reflected in a GPA in the major of at least 3.6 at the time of application.

Application: A student seeking AGRADE status should present to the Department of Communication Graduate Committee all of the materials which that department requires for normal admission to the M.A. program with a concentration in Communication Studies. Specific departmental admission requirements can be found in this bulletin or obtained from the Graduate Advisor in the Department of Communication (313-577-2959).

The earliest date by which a student may apply for the AGRADE program is during the semester in which he/she completes 90 credits toward the undergraduate degree.

AGRADE Credits: Students may elect a minimum of three and a maximum of twelve AGRADE credits. These credits will be used to complete the baccalaureate degree as well as to serve as the beginning of graduate study. Upon formal admission to a master’s program, AGRADE credits are transferred as if they were graduate credits transferred from a graduate program at another university. The remaining graduate credits required for the master's degree will be earned in the conventional manner following formal admission to the graduate program. Formal admission to the graduate program occurs as AGRADE students complete their baccalaureate degree.

Students admitted into an AGRADE program will develop a Plan of Work for the master's program, specifying the courses that will be taken in the AGRADE status as well as the courses required for the balance of the undergraduate degree. Note that COM 7000 must be taken in the first semester of AGRADE coursework. The remaining AGRADE courses must be approved by both the student's undergraduate program advisor and the graduate director of the master's program. In courses permitting both undergraduate and graduate students to enroll, AGRADE students will be held to the graduate standard.

For more details about the AGRADE program, contact the Graduate Advisor in the Department of Communication (313-577-2959)

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Public Relations

Students majoring in Public Relations must complete 42 credit hours, distributed as follows:

Core courses12
Fundamentals of Public Relations
Public Relations Writing
Research Methods in Communication
Public Relations Campaigns and Issues Management (Senior capstone to be taken in last year of study.)
Additional requirements30
Oral Communication: Basic Speech
Survey of Mass Communication
Journalistic Grammar and Style
News Reporting
Persuasive Speaking
Business and Professional Presentations
News Editing
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Theories of Communication
Communication and Social Marketing
Public Relations and Social Media
Layout and Design
Journalism and New Media
Total Credits42

 Master of Arts in Communication with a Concentration in Public Relations & Organizational Communication 

The M.A. in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and Organizational Communication requires a minimum of 30 credits, distributed as follows:

Required courses18
Introduction to MA Studies in Communication
Organizational Communication
Public Relations Theory
Public Relations Campaigns and Issues Management
Internship (3 credits) 1
Professional Issues in Applied Communication (Capstone)
Select one at least one methods course from the following:3
Rhetorical Criticism
Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
Select at least two of the following Public Relations & Organizational Communication content area elective courses: 6
Speech Writing
Micro-Level Organizational Communication
Crisis Communication
Communication Consulting and Training
Communication Theory
New Media and Strategic Communication
Select one additional course, chosen in consultation with an advisor.3
Total Credits30