Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y., has added Rockefeller Center in New York as an additional location for classes for it Master of Art degree in PR starting in the fall.

IonaThe program is one of only six accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications in New York state, said Robert Petrausch, Ed.D., chair of mass communication.

It is the only graduate program that offers a degree solely in PR between Washington, D.C., and Boston, he said.

Faculty will include those who will share real-life work histories that include PR experience at major companies and agencies, he added.

"The curriculum blends the art of PR with strategic business models taught by Iona's award-winning faculty," he said.

Petrausch feels the program offers "strong value" to PR practitioners in the "competitive New York City graduate education market both in time and tuition."

Benefits include networking opportunities in class and through special events; assistance with streamlining the admission and enrollment process; hybrid classes; personalized professional focus; elective courses in fields and skills chosen by the students, and the opportunity to complete the degree in two years or less.

Regina Reilly (rreilly@iona.edu914/633-2293) is handling questions from interested PR people.