M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communication
Alumnus, Class of 2009
Gary S. Feit already had six years of experience in public relations when he decided to pursue a master’s degree. The broad, real-world experience of the NYU School of Professional Studies faculty appealed to Feit, who won the Most Distinguished Student Award in public relations when he graduated in Spring 2009 with an M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communication. "Professor teaching in the program are not academics living in an ivory tower," Feit says. "They are real practitioners who have been very successful."
Professors’ approaches were unusual and memorable. Feit was surprised when directed to read the U.S. Marine Corps Guide and a book by the 19th-century military strategist Carl von Clausewitz prior to a Strategic Communications course. In class Feit learned that, similar to the military, "being strategic is important to being a communicator. Every action, every word is part of your strategy to get your message across." As a result, Feit says, he is more strategic in his approach as a public information manager for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.