The online Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication prepares students to excel as effective communicators and leaders in an organizational environment.
Duration of Program
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
The Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication online program focuses on the dynamics of communication in complex organizations. Its goal is to reveal how individuals within such organizations can become effective communicators. Whether this involves meetings or professional presentations, communicating during a crisis, or intercultural exchanges, the message is consistent: effective communication is essential to career success in any organization. Related topics include ethical issues in organizational communication, as well as strategies and techniques for assessment, negotiation, and information management.
The online program is ideally suited to prepare students to communicate clearly in an organizational environment increasingly shaped by digital technology and media. The format also makes it easier for working professionals to balance coursework with their professional and personal commitments. Courses from this program can be applied toward the Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication.
Online program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals
Covers broad applications of organizational communication, for professional presentations, crisis management, or intercultural exchanges
Elective offerings covering diverse aspects of organizational communication supplement foundational courses
Courses from this certificate can be applied to the Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication
Transfer Credit Opportunities for Certifications from Professional Associations
Successful applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication with their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) or Strategic Communication Management Professionals (CMP or SCMP):
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: CMN 6010 Strategic Communication Management
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How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
English language proficiency proof: Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.
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