The Department offers five Certificates of Graduate Study. A Graduate Certificate can be used to enhance your M.A. in Communication to focus an area of specialization.
A Certificate also can serve as stand-alone options for those who do not wish to pursue a full Master’s degree. If you already have a Master’s degree and want to use one of the Graduate Certificates to enhance your education and experience, a Graduate Certificate may be an excellent choice. Courses are offfered on campus and in a new flexible blended format including distance education.
Certificate Program Requirements
Each 15-credit Certificate is comprised of two Core and three Elective courses:
Communication theory and research are the foundation of graduate study in the department. After being oriented to graduate study within the program, students are required to engage coursework in strategic communication theory and one course in methodology, qualitative or quantitative research methods in communication, prior to engaging any other coursework in the program.
In addition to completing COM 8008: Orientation to Graduate Study, COM 8001: Qualitative Research Methods, or COM 8002: Quantitative Research Methods, and COM 8100: Strategic Communication Theory, students choose three electives from any of the following areas for a certificate in that designated area. Two of the electives must be communication courses.
Please consult your advisor and the graduate catalog for complete guidleines. As part of the certificate program students may choose to do only one of the following:
- 3 one-credit courses in communication or in an approved related field or
- COM 8003 - Internship in Communication or
- COM 8004 - Communication Directed Study