March 24, 2021

NYU School of Professional Studies MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication wins Outstanding Education Program Award from PRWeek

Judged by an unrivaled panel of the most senior professionals in PR and Corporate Communication, this accolade attests to the program’s innovative curriculum, faculty accomplishments, student success, and impact on industry

New York, NY, March 24, 2021—The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication offered by the Division of Programs in Business (DPB) was recently selected as the winner of the 2021 PRWeek Award for Outstanding Education Program. This prestigious honor was announced at the 22nd annual PRWeek Awards ceremony, which was held virtually on March 18, 2021.

The PRWeek Awards are considered the communication industry’s highest accolades and involve a thorough and selective process that—in the education category—focuses on curriculum innovation, quality and accomplishments of faculty members, proven impact on the industry, student enrollment, and professional placement. Each program that competes is also considered on its effectiveness in preparing students for long-term success in this continuously evolving field.

Judged by an unrivalled panel of the most senior professionals in PR and Corporate Communication from the agency, corporate, nonprofit, education, and government ranks, this award signifies that the MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication is the top program of its kind in the country.  Commenting on the overall awards, this year’s chair of jury, Jerilan Greene, global chief communications and public affairs officer at Yum Brands, noted “I’m convinced that 2020 has led our profession to produce some of our most game-changing contributions to business and society.” This is the third time that the NYU SPS program has been acknowledged with the top award, and the program has received “honorable mention” or “finalist” in several prior years.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this recognition from PR Week. It is a testament to the strength and the quality of the MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication, its curriculum, faculty members, and the transformative learning opportunities the program provides to students from across the US and around the world to establish themselves as public relations professionals – based in New York City, the communications capital of the world,” said Michael Diamond, academic director of the Integrated Marketing and Communications department at the NYU SPS, Division of Programs in Business.

The MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication is a comprehensive, 42-credit master’s degree program that offers two concentrations—one in Public Relations Management and the other in Corporate and Organizational Communications. Students from around the globe attend this prestigious program to hone their skills and to learn from the most renowned public relations and communication experts in the world. Internships at top communications agencies and PR departments prepare them for the professional opportunities across a broad spectrum of companies and institutions. “This [school] was at the top of the list for me,” said one judge. “The entry featured exceptional storytelling and represented NYC communications very well.”

“We could not be prouder of this incredible accomplishment. As always, competition in the education category was fierce and the PRCC program’s ability to rise to the top speaks to its unsurpassed academic quality and the extensive industry connections it provides for our students,” said Martin Ihrig, associate dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business. “Earning a graduate degree in public relations and corporate communication from NYU SPS provides the advantage students need to compete and succeed in a field that requires the advanced knowledge, global perspective, and unrivaled networking that this program affords.”

The NYU School of Professional Studies
Celebrating More Than 85 Years of Excellence in Applied Professional Education

For over 85 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) has been a deeply respected institution of higher education that is grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 20 graduate degrees, 13 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and post-traditional students, four associate’s degrees, and a plethora of non-degree courses and credentials.

NYU SPS is a thought leader, and serves as an incubator for new ideas in industries that are constantly changing, including real estate, real estate development, and construction management; hospitality, tourism, travel, and event management; global affairs and global security, conflict, and cybercrime; global sport and sports business; publishing; marketing; public relations; project management; executive coaching and organizational consulting, human resource management and development, and human capital analytics and technology; management and systems; translation; and professional writing. It is focused on building skills that open doors to opportunities in emerging fields and global markets. NYU SPS faculty members are leading experts in their areas of discipline, with a hands-on approach that encourages students to push beyond their limits and to break new ground.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate; and the Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders is a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 30,000 NYU SPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industry around the world.

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