Defense Information School (DINFOS)

Webster University's cooperative degree program with the Defense Information School (DINFOS) provides preapproved transfer credit for DINFOS graduates into the following degree programs:

Eligible DINFOS graduates can receive 3-12 credit hours of graduate transfer credit, as well as meeting prerequisite course requirements, for the MA in Public Relations only.

Eligibility Requirements

Transfer credit is awarded in accordance with the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines.  Credit is awarded for any combination of the following DINFOS public affairs courses:

Course Title: Public Affairs Officer Qualification (PAOQC) - Also known as Public Affairs Qualification Course (PAQC)
Course Number: DD-0504-0024
Location: Defense Information School, Fort Meade, MD
Dates: 10/08-present

Course Title: Joint Intermediate Public Affairs (JIPAC)
Course Number: DD-0504-0029
Location: Defense Information School, Fort Meade, MD
Dates: 06/08-present

Course Title: Joint Senior Public Affairs (JSPAC)
Course Number: DD-0504-0033
Location: Defense Information School, Fort Meade, MD
Dates: 04/07-present

Course Title:  Joint Senior Enlisted Public Affairs (JSEPAC)
Course Number:  DD-XXXX-XXXX
Location:  Defense Information School, Fort Meade, MD
Dates 10/08-present

Documentation

  1. Submission of an Academic Evaluation Report(s) (DA Form 1059) showing completion of the appropriate course as "Achieved Course Standards" or "Exceeded Course Standards."
  2. Submission of an official transcript showing completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited academic institution.

DINFOS Courses Approved as Webster Course Substitutions

The DINFOS public affairs courses listed below are approved for course substitutions for the Webster MA in Public Relations, which includes substitutions for prerequisite courses, core courses, and electives as indicated in the following table:

Webster Public Relations Courses Defense Information School Courses
  Joint Intermediate Public Affairs (JIPAC)
PBRL 5322 Public Relations (3SH) JIPAC Public Relations (3SH)
PBRL 4800 Media Relations (3SH) JIPAC Managing Media Relations (3SH)
 
  Public Affairs Officer Qualification (PAOQC)
PBRL 2920 Writing for Public Relations (3SH) PAOQC News Writing and Editing (3SH)
PBRL 2100 Foundations of Communications
and Public Relations (3SH)
PAOQC Principles of Public Relations (3SH)
PBRL 5322 Public Relations (3SH) PAOQC Advanced Public Relations (3SH)
 
  Joint Senior Public Affairs (JSPAC) and
Joint Senior Enlisted Public Affairs (JSEPAC)
PBRL 2920 Writing for Public Relations (3SH) JSPAC News Writing and Editing (3SH)
PBRL 2100 Foundations of
Communications
and Public Relations (3SH)
JSPAC Principles of Public Relations (3SH)
MEDC 5360 International Communications (3SH) JSPAC International Public Relations (3SH)
JSEPAC International Public Relations (3SH)
PBRL5452 Commincations Strategies for
Public Affairs and Government
Relations (3SH)
JSPAC Public Relations Cases and Campaigns (3SH)
JSEPAC Public Relations Cases and Campaigns
(3SH)
PBRL 4300 Crisis Communications
Management (3SH)
or
PBRL 5465 Crisis Management
Communications (3SH)
JSPAC Crisis Communications (3SH)
JSEPAC Crisis Communications (3SH)

 

Public Relations Prerequisite Course Equivalencies

Public Relations majors are required to meet 6 semester hours of prerequisite courses.  Graduates of the DINFOS public affairs courses may utilize these courses to waive the prerequisite courses.  Prerequisite courses and their equivalent DINFOS courses are listed in the following table:

Public Relations Prerequisite Courses
6SH Required
Defense Information School Courses
PBRL 2100 Foundations of Communication
and Public Relations (3SH)
PAOQC Principles of Public Relations (3SH)
PBRL 2920 Writing for Public Relations (3SH) PAOQC News Writing and Editing (3SH)
PBRL 4300 Crisis Communications
Management (3SH)
JSPAC Crisis Communications (3SH)
PBRL 4800 Media Relations (3SH) JIPAC Managing Media Relations (3SH)

 

Transfer Credit Awarded

The DINFOS Public Affairs courses listed below are approved for course substitutions for the Webster University Master of Arts in Public Relations only as indicated in the following table.  Students may transfer a maximum of 12 credit hours into the Master of Arts in Public Relations, additional transfer credit or waivers cannot be applied.

Webster University MA in Public Relations
Courses
Defense Information School (DINFOS)
Courses*
Public Relations Core Courses-21SH required  
MEDC 5000 Media Communications (3SH)  
MEDC 5310 Media and Culture (3SH)  
PBRL 5322 Public Relations (3SH) JIPAC Public Relations (3SH) or
PAOQC Advanced Public Relations (3SH)
PBRL 5342 Writing for Public Relations (3SH) or
PBRL 5344 Speech Writing (3SH)
 
MEDC 5350 Media Organizations and
Regulations (3SH)
 
MEDC 5360 International Communications (3SH) JSPAC International Public Relations (3SH)
JSEPAC International Public Relations (3SH)
MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media
Communications (3SH)
 
Public Relations Electives-15SH required.
See Graduate Catalog for Comprehensive
Elective List
 
PBRL 5452 Communications Strategies for
Public Affairs and Government Relations (3SH)
JSPAC Public Relations Cases and
Campaigns (3SH)
JSEPAC Public Relations Cases and
Campaigns (3SH)
PBRL 5465 Crisis Management and
Communications (3SH)
JSPAC Crisis Communications (3SH)
JSEPAC Crisis Communications (3SH)
MEDC 5460 Media Research (3SH) JSPAC Communications Research (3SH)
JSEPAC Communications Research (3SH)

*a maximum of 12 credit hours of DINFOS transfer credit can apply to the MA in Public Relations

Updated April 10, 2014