GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS IN COMMUNICATION

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The Communication Department offers five Certificates of Graduate Study.  A Graduate Certificate can be used to enhance your MA 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.

Core 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 communication theory and one course in methodology, qualitative or quantitative research methods in communication, prior to engaging any other coursework in the program.

Elective Courses

In addition to completing COM 8008: Orientation to Graduate Study, COM 8001: Qualitative Research Methods, or COM 8002: Quantitative Research Methods, and COM 8100: The Communication Perspective, 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.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies engages the critical study of communication and cultural practices and the social contexts of power within which discourses are produced, circulated, and consumed.

Required Course

COM 8319 - Cultural Studies

Electives (choose two)

  • COM 8003 - Internship in Communication
  • COM 8212 - Communication & Advocacy
  • COM 8004 - Communication Directed Study
  • COM 8012 - Storytelling: Communication, Culture, Craft
  • COM 8013 - IGR Dialogue* 
  • COM 8005 - Communication Special Topics
  • COM 8101 - Performance Studies
  • COM 8204 - Conflict & Negotiation
  • COM 8305 - Media Literacy
  • COM 8307 - Visual Communication & Culture
  • COM 8310 - New Media
  • COM 8321 - Critical Studies in Advertising
  • COM 8211 - Communication & Identity
  • COM 8401 - Special Topics in Qualitative Research*

* One-credit seminar. May take two 1-credit courses along with Orientation (COM 8008) instead of a 3-credit elective course to fulfill degree requirements.

Journalism & New Media engages the evolution and implications of reporting through digital communication from the key vantage points of users, consumers, producers (professionals and amateurs) and industries.

Required Courses

  • COM 8304 – Journalism
  • COM 8310 - New Media

Electives (choose one)

  • COM 8003 - Internship in Communication
  • COM 8004 - Communication Directed Study
  • COM 8005 - Communication Special Topics
  • COM 8101 - Performance Studies
  • COM 8102 - Persuasion & Advocacy
  • COM 8302 - Advertising
  • COM 8303 - Mass Media Industries
  • COM 8305 - Media Literacy
  • COM 8306 - Media Production
  • COM 8307 - Visual Communication & Culture
  • COM 8308 – Theories & Effects of Mass Com
  • COM 8309 - Public Opinion
  • COM 8321 - Critical Studies in Advertising
  • COM 8211 - Communication & Identity
  • COM 8212 - Communication & Advocacy
  • COM 8320 - Digital Media Design
  • COM 8321 - Critical Studies in Advertising
  • COM 8322 - Audience Analysis
  • COM 8009 - Personal Promotion*
  • COM 8011 - Health Promotion Messages*
  • COM 8314 - Photoshop*
  • COM 8315 - Video Shooting Lab*
  • COM 8316 - Audio Production*
  • COM 8317 - Basic Web Design*
  • COM 8401 - Special Topics in Qualitative Research*
  • COM 8402 - Special Topics in Quantitative Research*

* One-credit seminar. May take two 1-credit courses along with Orientation (COM 8008) instead of a 3-credit elective course to fulfill degree requirements.

Mediated Communication engages the dynamic production, distribution, exhibition and consumption of communication by users, audiences, and media organizations.

Required Courses

  • COM 8310 New Media

or

  • COM 8305 - Media Literacy

AND

  • COM 8306 – Media Production

or      

  • COM 8320 – Digital Media Design

Electives (choose one)

  • COM 8003 - Internship in Communication
  • COM 8004 - Communication Directed Study
  • COM 8005 - Communication Special Topics
  • COM 8101 - Performance Studies
  • COM 8211 - Communication & Identity
  • COM 8212 - Communication & Advocacy
  • COM 8302 - Advertising
  • COM 8303 - Mass Media Industries
  • COM 8305 - Media Literacy
  • COM 8306 - Media Production
  • COM 8307 - Visual Communication & Culture
  • COM 8308 – Theories & Effects of Mass Com
  • COM 8309 – Public Opinion
  • COM 8320 - Digital Media Design
  • COM 8321 - Critical Studies in Advertising
  • COM 8322 - Audience Analysis
  • COM 8011 - Health Promotion Messages*
  • COM 8314 - Photoshop*
  • COM 8315 - Video Shooting Lab*
  • COM 8316 - Audio Production*
  • COM 8317 - Basic Web Design*
  • COM 8401 - Special Topics in Qualitative Research*
  • COM 8402 - Special Topics in Quantitative Research*

* One-credit seminar. May take two 1-credit courses along with Orientation (COM 8008) instead of a 3-credit elective course to fulfill degree requirements.

Organizational Communication engages communication as a process occurring within organizations, as well as the role of communication and leadership in structuring relationships, values, identities and cultures central to the organizing process.

Required Course

COM 8207 - Organizational Communication

Electives (choose two)

  • COM 8003 - Internship in Communication
  • COM 8004 - Communication Directed Study
  • COM 8005 - Communication Special Topics
  • COM 8101 - Performance Studies
  • COM 8102 - Persuasion & Advocacy
  • COM 8200 - Teambuilding and Small Group
  • COM 8201 - Health Communication
  • COM 8203 – Org. Research & Consulting
  • COM 8204 - Conflict & Negotiation
  • COM 8205 - Intercultural Communication
  • COM 8206 - Diversity & Organizing
  • COM 8210 - Leadership Communication
  • COM 8211 - Communication & Identity
  • COM 8212 - Communication & Advocacy
  • COM 8011 - Health Promotion Messages*
  • COM 8318 - Developing Crisis Communication Materials*
  • COM 8401 - Special Topics in Qualitative Research*
  • COM 8402 - Special Topics in Quantitative Research*
  • COM 8403 - Special Topics in Applied Organizational Communication*

* One-credit seminar. May take two 1-credit courses along with Orientation (COM 8008) instead of a 3-credit elective course to fulfill degree requirements.

Public Relations & Advertising engages theoretically based strategic communication designed to influence audience behavior in a variety of contexts.

Required Courses

  • COM 8301 - Strategic Public Relations

and either

  • COM 8208 - Public Communication Campaigns

or

  • COM 8300 - Public Relations Writing

Electives (choose one)

  • COM 8003 - Internship in Communication
  • COM 8004 - Communication Directed Study
  • COM 8005 - Communication Special Topics
  • COM 8101 - Performance Studies
  • COM 8102 - Persuasion & Advocacy
  • COM 8200 - Teambuilding and Small Group
  • COM 8201 - Health Communication
  • COM 8207 - Organizational Communication
  • COM 8208 - Public Communication Campaigns
  • COM 8209 - International Public Relations
  • COM 8300 - Public Relations Writing
  • COM 8302 - Advertising
  • COM 8304 - Journalism
  • COM 8305 - Media Literacy
  • COM 8306 - Media Production
  • COM 8320 - Digital Media Design
  • COM 8321 - Critical Studies in Advertising
  • COM 8211 - Communication & Identity
  • COM 8212 - Communication & Advocacy
  • COM 8322 - Audience Analysis
  • COM 8009 - Personal Promotion
  • COM 8011 - Health Promotion Messages*
  • COM 8314 - Photoshop*
  • COM 8315 - Video Shooting Lab*
  • COM 8316 - Audio Production*
  • COM 8317 - Basic Web Design*
  • COM 8318 - Developing Crisis Communication Materials*
  • COM 8401 - Special Topics in Qualitative Research*
  • COM 8402 - Special Topics in Quantitative Research*
  • COM 8403 - Special Topics in Applied Organizational Communication*

* One-credit seminar. May take two 1-credit courses along with Orientation (COM 8008) instead of a 3-credit elective course to fulfill degree requirements.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - KAITLIN CLEARY ’15 MA

Kaitlin Cleary ’15 MA, Communication

“I chose Villanova because of the broad view of communication it offered. There are not many programs where you can learn media production, PR writing, audience analysis, journalism and communication theory. While my experience as a student was incredibly rewarding, it wasn't until leaving Villanova that it became clear to me what I received through my education there. The friendships I made in the program grew stronger, as we regularly connect to discuss networking, career, life and everything in between."

 - Kaitlin Cleary ’15 MA, Certificate in Journalism and New Media, Co-founder, Team 624 Communications

Ready for the Next Step?

DIRECTOR
Dr. Amy Way
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Villanova University - Garey Hall

 

 

DEADLINES

February 1: For admission with funding consideration

August 1: For admission without funding for the fall

December 1: For admission without funding for the spring

If you have missed a deadline, please contact Dr. Amy Way to discuss your options.

     

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