Public Relations Certificate

Effective public relations is about building an organization’s reputation by telling the stories that truly matter. In our full-time online PR program, you’ll learn to manage communications using traditional and digital tools. If you enjoy working with people, write well and already have post-secondary education and/or work experience, this program may be ideal. You can finish in just nine weeks, including a three-week practicum, and be ready to launch a dynamic PR career.


Courses: 8 + practicum
Completion time: 9 weeks
Location: Online
Next info session: Tue, 8 Feb 2022 12:00 PM PST


Why this program?

  • Practise your skills on real-world projects during a three-week practicum
  • Learn from Vancouver’s established industry experts
  • Get training that follows the Canadian Public Relations Society Code of Professional Standards
  • Take advantage of mentoring and networking opportunities through a free student membership to the Canadian Public Relations Society Vancouver chapter
  • Learn in a cohort of no more than 20 students
  • Graduate with a certificate that confers SFU alumni status





Program completion

9 weeks
To graduate, complete all courses and the practicum with a minimum average grade of B.

Program dates

Summer: May 3–July 1, 2022
Fall: Sep–Nov 2022

Course work

Class time: 30 hours/week
Homework: 2–3 hours/week


Classes (6 weeks): Tue–Sat 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Pacific Time
Practicum (3 weeks): Mon-Fri 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Pacific Time

Learning materials

  • Wireless-enabled laptop or notebook
  • Licensed MS Office suite
  • 1-month subscription to Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Rush
  • Canadian Press Stylebook (printed or online subscription)


$7,270, not including textbook
$75 program application fee

Deposit: $1,000 due following interview and acceptance into program
Remainder: due 2 months before program start

View current scholarship opportunity

Application info

No application deadline
Summer term tuition due Mar 2, 2022

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Application requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Mature students who do not meet this requirement may qualify with at least 5 years of appropriate experience
  • Advanced English Language Requirements

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Applications are now open for the summer 2022 program.

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