Advertising and Public Relations

Bradley’s advertising and public relations program sharpens your ability to connect people by strengthening consumer acceptance of ideas, products and services, and building relationships that benefit your organization and the network of people interested in its success.

91% career outcomes rate for 2020-21 graduates - 93% knowledge rate
12 to 1 student faculty ratio
Top Illinois Regional University - U.S.News
100% of classes taught by faculty

The Bradley Advantage

As a Bradley advertising and public relations major, you learn how strategic planning can strengthen your organization’s brand while giving you the tools to communicate with diverse audiences. Courses teach you how to design and evaluate campaigns and how special events, social media and news media can foster key relationships for brand success.

As your senior project, you and a team of classmates will design a real-world advertising or public relations campaign for a Peoria-based business or nonprofit organization. Beyond the classroom, you can intern at advertising agencies, corporate sales divisions or the annual Chicago Auto Show. You can also participate in campus organizations such as Bradley’s American Advertising Federation chapter, Bradley’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter and the nation’s most-decorated speech team.

Successful Outcomes

Bradley’s advertising and public relations program successfully prepares you to enter the workforce or continue your education. In recent years, almost all advertising and public relations majors found jobs or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. They’re working at places like CDW, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Target, FleishmanHillard, Agri-AFC, Susan G. Komen Foundation, McDonald’s, MGM Studios and various advertising agencies. Others attend graduate school at Ball State University, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Peoria and Bradley

Bradley and Peoria share much in common — a diverse population, world-class research facilities, outstanding fine arts and entertainment, and a great sense of community. This bond provides our students with unique opportunities for internships, class projects and research.

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