The Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Communication is a unique program offering two paths: international or social justice.
Duration of Program
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
On the global level, communicators require awareness, agility, and strategies within multicultural environments. When considering social justice, the emphasis may not be focused on international cultural comparisons, but gaining understanding of unconscious perceptions that influence communication between various identities described by generations, races, religions, and socioeconomic groups.
Cross-cultural communication is the process of recognizing both differences and similarities in order to effectively interact with various groups in society. This certificate offers communication insights into a broad range of society and business needs from interactions at the grass roots level to boards of directors and public entities to global corporations. With effective skills in cross-cultural communication, one could seek opportunities in consultancy, governmental bodies, nonprofit organizations, public relations, sales, social service, and tourism. In addition, there are a vast range of roles within corporate departments, such as communications, customer service, development, human resources, marketing, and sales.
The Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Communicationwill help to equip professionals with the knowledge and competencies to:
Analyze personal cross-cultural awareness and implicit bias, in addition to interpreting organizational cross-cultural communication strategy to develop effective communication processes and activities
Evaluate communication audiences from a holistic perspective, thereby constructing effective verbal and nonverbal interactions based on cross-cultural consumption
Formulate enlightened cross-cultural communication and inclusive diversity strategies, processes, and policies
Demonstrate critical-thinking skills through research, case analysis, role plays, and experiential learning demonstrating agility, quick response, and diplomacy employing cross-cultural communication strategies
Choose from two paths: international or social justice
This unique certificate combines traditional communications strategies with personal cross-cultural awareness
This program offers International Field Study Experience, which includes on-site instruction in the region of study
Transfer Credit Opportunities for Certifications from Professional Associations
Successful applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Communication with their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR):
Will receive three quarter hours of transfer credit – a 17% savings in tuition
Will be able to earn a graduate certificate by completing five courses, rather than six
Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: PBR 6100 Introduction to Public Relations
"As I reflect back on this journey through knowing who I am in order to communicate more competently with others from different cultural backgrounds, it makes me very proud to be a student of cross-cultural communication. Examining the importance of realizing my identity, my own cultural root and the cultural history, politics, and linguistics of the higher education field, and awareness of how conflicts can occur in intercultural relationship, will be very beneficial going forward. For that reason, this course of study has enhanced my life."
Yue Huang, reflection of CMN 609
"Developing Cultural Awareness has been a very memorable class offering many insights. I not only gained useful theoretical knowledge related to culture and communication, but also developed practical skills."
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
Professional resumé: Current resumé that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
Cross-cultural experience: Students must have two years of experience in either a diverse and/or multicultural work environment, or they must successfully complete CMN 6080 Intercultural Communications
Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language
*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.
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