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Public Relations (Postgraduate)

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: 04561 Length: 2 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection Includes Additional Requirements:

Admission is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional requirements which may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, reference, etc. These vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.


Date Location Availability International Student Availability
January 2018LakeshoreOpenWaitlisted
September 2018LakeshoreOpenOpen
January 2019LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,072.62
  • international: $15,585.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$1,000 – textbooks and Globe & Mail subscription, portfolio case, student memberships in both professional associations: Canadian Public Relations Society, and International Association of Business Communicators.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Master of Arts in Professional Communications 

Credential Opportunity: Grad Cert to Masters
Location: Victoria, BC
Institution(s): Royal Roads University

Graduates of Humber's Public Relations or Journalism Graduate Certificate programs will receive 3 transfer credits towards Royal Roads University's Master of Arts in Professional Communication. Humber graduates applying for such transfer credit must have met all entrance criteria to the MA in Professional Communication program. Entrance to all programs at Royal Roads University is on a competitive basis. 

For further information, see:

or connect with an advisor
Phone: 250.391.2528
Toll free: 1.877.778.6227

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Annette Borger-Snel, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3887



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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In order to continue with your application for Public Relations Postgraduate, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these additional requirements. This contains all the information to prepare and submit additional requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Additional Requirements

Applicants are required to attend an interview with faculty and present a resume and letter of intent.

i. Interview with Faculty

Applicants will meet with faculty to discuss their interest in the program. At this time applicants could benefit from sharing any experience and/or interest in learning about public relations. Applicants will be quizzed on current affairs, pulled from the national news headlines. Applicants should also bring an error-free resume targeted to the program.

ii. Letter of Intent

Applicants must submit a one-page letter of intent (350 words) outlining their interest in this field of study. The letter of intent should express why they have an interest in public relations, and in Humber’s Public Relations postgraduate certificate program. This document is available in alternate format upon request.

Registration Instructions

Applicants must register to attend this admissions event. Log-in to MyHumber to register:

  1. Log-in to MyHumber
  2. Select the Applicant tab
  3. Select the Applied Programs tab
  4. Select your Year and Applicant Number from the drop-down menu, then click Submit
  5. Click on “Do I Have Any Missing Requirements”
  6. Click on “Go to Events” (located under the “Link” section, near the bottom right of the page)
  7. Choose from a list of available assessment dates and follow the prompts

Applicants must meet both academic and additional requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All additional requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Recognized by industry as one of the country’s leading training grounds for public relations (PR) professionals, Humber’s intensive Public Relations graduate certificate program is focused on preparing you for your first day of work placement and launching your career. You’ll learn to plan, develop and execute effective public relations strategies for conventional and new media by developing skills in media relations, social and digital media, event planning, presenting, and public relations writing. You will work with clients in social media, strategic communications and research. Practical public relations courses in PR theory, marketing communications, public affairs, media relations, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability and change management will provide you with a valuable introduction to the field. In addition, at the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to put your classroom learning into action with an eight-week work placement.

Experienced professors help you develop writing skills, public relations strategies, research and planning abilities plus the capability to use social and traditional media. Employers want to hire people who can work on teams, and many assignments allow you to practise your communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

The program’s breadth helps graduates find jobs in public relations agencies, corporations, associations, non-profit organizations and all levels of government. And, our advisory committee regularly reviews and provides input into our curriculum, ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.

Courses Program Standards

Work Placement

Many students choose our program because of our outstanding work placement program. After successfully completing two academic semesters, you will have the opportunity to complete an eight-week, normally unpaid, work placement which Humber will help you find. This experience will allow you to gain valuable job skills and industry knowledge while building your network. Historically, students find work placements in PR agencies, corporations, entertainment organizations, not-for-profits including arts organizations, hospitals, associations and government. While many placements are located within the GTA, students also may find placements outside the city, province or country.

The Humber Experience

Watch the video to find out why we are recognized by industry as one of the country’s leading training grounds for PR professionals.

The Humber Advantage

Humber AdCentre

The Humber AdCentre was launched as a live lab to provide students with real work opportunities before entering the industry.

Instead of just being given just a grade for assignments, students are provided with a chance to work with real clients, on actual accounts, receiving first-hand experience in the field.

Working with established businesses will not only prepare students for the fast-paced excitement of the industry, but will also help develop portfolio work and reference points for interviews.

Your Career

As a PR practitioner, your work will be varied and fast-paced. It may include careers in media relations, internal communications, community relations, government relations/public affairs, investor relations, crisis management, event planning, publicity, marketing communications, consulting and issues management.

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