The Advertising & Public Relations Program of the Media & Communication Arts Department at City College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications to a diverse and highly motivated cohort of students. In addition to providing a rigorous curriculum which explores current theories in integrated marketing, advertising, corporate communications, public relations, and communications management, the Ad/PR Program at City College is dedicated to delivering the sort of practical knowledge and hands-on experiences that students could only get by studying here in New York City, the communications capital of the world. Our program not only gives students access to global corporations, leading edge firms, and dynamic grass roots organizations, but to an engaged faculty that includes working professionals.

Since its beginning in 1984, the Ad/PR program has been the only undergraduate integrated marketing communications specialization in CUNY. With approximately 200 declared Ad/PR majors, the program remains true to its mission: to offer a competitive, professional communications education to students with diverse backgrounds, skills, and interests. We attract a growing number of students not only from New York, but from across the country and around the globe.

The Ad/PR Program is proudly committed to service learning and civic-minded projects, especially those that relate most directly to CCNY students and their communities. Such integrated learning gives students a greater sense of purpose, reinforcing that advertising and public relations can motivate positive social change.

Admissions Requirements:

IMPORTANT: Students must have completed Introduction to Media Studies MCA 101 (or an equivalent) or be enrolled in MCA 101 at the time you intend to declare your major in Ad/PR. Learn more at the Division of the Humanities and the Arts Advising Home Page

Admissions Schedule: 

Students are accepted into the Ad/PR major on a rolling basis, with major courses primarily offered in the Spring and Fall, and select electives offered in the Winter and Summer sessions.



The Advertising/PR Program is primarily a day time academic program, with some evening courses. For students with day time jobs, please consider CCNY's Center for Worker Education.  We regret that we cannot accommodate the academic needs of students who require evening courses.

Prof. Edward Keller
Program Director 

Shepard Hall
Room 280
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031