PR Program Certification

Certification in Education for Academic Programs in Public Relations

Established in 1989 as a voluntary program, Certification in Education for Public Relations offers academic programs the opportunity to have an outside evaluation team review and endorse undergraduate and master’s level programs for meeting eight standards (PDF) in curriculum, faculty, students, resources and facilities, assessment, professional affiliations, relationships with the total unit and the university and diversity and global perspectives.

The CEPR Process

Through the PRSA Educational Affairs Committee, a certification review process is conducted for undergraduate and graduate public relations programs. The review is administered by two PRSA members, a full-time educator and an APR-credentialed practicing professional who examine the school’s curriculum, resources, facilities and university support of its programs.

The 2–3 day site visit includes meetings with faculty, students, administrators and key external constituencies. Reviewers contact internship providers, employers of graduates and other local practicing professionals to assess alumni from the public relations program and to ask former students about their educational experience.

Become CEPR Certified

To learn more about the standards, criteria and review process, download the CEPR Guidelines (PDF) . Questions may be addressed to Executive Director Jeneen Garcia and CEPR Coordinator Susan Gonders.

Schools that currently hold PRSA Certification are listed below.

Master’s Degree Programs

  • Dublin Technological University-Ireland
    2010 • 2023 (Public Relations)
    2017 • 2023 (Public Affairs)
  • Ball State University-Indiana
    2011 • 2023 (Public Relations)
  • Quinnipiac University-Connecticut
    2016 • 2022 (Public Relations)
  • Rowan University-New Jersey
    2017 • 2023 (Public Relations)

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

  • Brigham Young University-Utah
    1990 • 2021
  • Eastern Kentucky University
    1991 • 2024
  • Ball State University-Indiana
    1993 • 2023
  • University of Maryland-College Park
    1998 • 2023
  • University of Memphis-Tennessee
    2001 • 2025
  • Valdosta State University-Georgia
    2001 • 2021
  • California State University-Fullerton
    2002 • 2021
  • Ohio Northern University
    2003 • 2021
  • University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
    2003 • 2022
  • Rowan University-New Jersey
    2004 • 2023
  • Radford University-Virginia
    2004 • 2023
  • Western Kentucky University
    2004 • 2025
  • Universidad Argentina de la Empresa
    2004 • 2024 (public relations)
    2018 • 2024 (global communications)
  • Southeast Missouri State University
    2006 • 2018 (pending)
  • Cincinnati University-Ohio
    2007 • 2019 (pending)
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
    2008 • 2021
  • University of North Carolina-Charlotte
    2009 • 2021
  • University of Waikato-New Zealand
    2009 • 2022
  • Universidad de Medellin-Colombia
    2010 • 2022
  • Ferris State University-Michigan
    2010 • 2023
  • Syracuse University-New York
    2010 • 2023
  • Monmouth University-New Jersey
    2010 • 2023
  • Lee University-Tennessee
    2010 • 2023
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    2011 • 2023
  • Seton Hall University-New Jersey
    2012 • 2024
  • Universidad de San Martin de Porres-Peru
    2012 • 2025
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
    2012 • 2018 (pending)
  • Illinois State University
    2013 • 2025
  • Temple University-Pennsylvania
    2013 • 2019 (pending)
  • University of Central Missouri
    2014 • 2020
  • Drake University-Iowa
    2014 • 2020
  • Loyola University-New Orleans
    2014 • 2020
  • Wayne State University-Michigan
    2015 • 2021
  • Kent State University-Ohio
    2016 • 2022
  • Quinnipiac University-Connecticut
    2016 • 2022
  • University of Florida-Gainesville
    2016 • 2022
  • Iowa State University
    2017 • 2023
  • University of Oregon
    2018 • 2024
  • West Virginia University
    2019 • 2025
  • Samford University-Alabama
    2019 • 2025