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Public Relations, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #145 (WUR) Ottawa, Canada
The program in Public Relations at University of Ottawa combines courses in communication and public relations theory with practical experience in research, communication planning, writing for PR, multimedia, strategic management, creative thinking, and public speaking.
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In Canada, there is a high demand in the public relations industry. This career offers you a wide variety of functions and tasks: developing communication plans, strategies, and materials; organizing events; producing visual and online materials; and managing crises. Public relations are ubiquitous in politics, business, NGOs, and the entertainment industry.

There are two ways to complete this Public Relations degree at University of Ottawa:

  • 1) Register for the honours bachelor's degree at the University and, after completing 60 units there (four sessions), transfer to Algonquin College to complete the diploma program in public relations. Because of space limitations at Algonquin, the college can only accept 25 students in this stream. Also, you must have an average of at least 70% (CPGA of 6.0 at uOttawa) to be admitted.
  • 2) Start by completing two years in public relations at Algonquin College (you must maintain an average of at least 70%, GPA of 3.0 at the college level) and then transfer to uOttawa to do four more sessions (60 units). The University has no registration limits in this case.

This program is offered in English and in French.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Workshop in Essay Writing
  • Reasoning and Critical Thinking
  • Research Methods in Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Theories of the Media
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Media Ethics
  • Advanced Theories of Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Public Opinion
  • Advanced Public Relations Seminar
  • Ethics and Information Society
  • Negotiation and Mediation
  • Audience Research

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Before submitting an application, you must meet or intend to meet all of the admission requirements, namely, have a secondary school diploma (or the equivalent if you’ve studied outside Canada), attain the minimum average, meet the language requirements and take all the prerequisite courses for the program. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36160 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18080 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6088 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3044 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Ottawa

  • 1168 - 1930 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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