Non-Profit Public Relations (Advanced Certificate)

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Why Non-Profit Public Relations?

Non-profit organizations, which often focus on the greater good rather than making money, need strong communicators to tell their stories. Combine your skills as a communicator with a cause you are passionate about to make a positive impact!

Why Study Non-Profit Public Relations at Iona?

Iona’s commitment to service to the community is ingrained in our mission, vision and values, and as a result, we have worked extensively in and developed numerous connections to the nonprofit sector.

We develop thought leaders by equipping them with the tools to shape an organization’s message. You will learn from faculty who are active practitioners in the field who can help you make the professional connections.

This is a 9-credit program, so you can earn your certificate at your convenience!

What You'll Learn

You will learn how to guide your non-profit clients through a media landscape that changes daily, and how to lead customers to discover the bigger idea behind the cause.

You will learn how to build and execute effective public relations campaigns while honing your writing skills to deliver essential communications.

You will gain insights into successful strategies for highlighting work that benefits the greater good and has a positive impact on society.

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Program Highlights

Network of Nonprofits

As part of our commitment to our community, Iona maintains a vast network of non-profits that our students provide support to through our academic programs – especially the Public Relations programs! Many graduates have found full-time jobs at select non-profit partners through the Iona University network!

Multimedia Lab

MSC students have access to a new, state-of-the-art multimedia lab that includes:

  • A top-of-the-line Podcast Center
  • TV studio anchor set
  • Large video monitors for virtual appearances by media professionals
  • Latest technology and software
  • Distance-learning capabilities for students abroad

Supporting the Mission

Iona’s reputation as a community dedicated to uplifting others will be a valuable asset as you enhance your career or enter the world of public relations for non-profits. Our graduates, no matter what career path they choose, continue to "fight the good fight" to make the world a better place!

Careers & Outcomes

A certificate in Non-Profit Public Relations allows you to focus your skills in the world of communication in a specialized way. You'll follow your passion and support an organization or cause making a positive difference in the world.

Job Titles

  • Community Relations Manager
  • Development and Communications Manager
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
  • Public Affairs Manager

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