Graduate Certificates

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The Graduate Certificates are a multi-purpose degree option for students who seek to add to an existing graduate degree program, or who would like to prepare for pursuing a higher degree (such as a Master of Arts). In addition, students seeking professional development will be able to add the graduate certificates to their resume. The School of Media & Communication offers the following Graduate Certificates:

This certificate is closely aligned with the School emphasis in Global Communication & Social Change. Students take coursework that provides theoretical and conceptual grounding concerning topics related to international and intercultural communication. Such courses can give students insight about the nature of international or international communication in the workplace, organizations, and the media. The following courses are required for this certificate:

  • MC 5090: International Communication
  • MC 6570: Intercultural Communication OR MC 5080: Intercultural Communication
  • Limited Electives: Choose 2 courses:
    • MC 5040: Communication & Conflict
    • MC 5670: Gender, Media & Culture
    • MC 5750: Global Journalism
    • MC 7610: Race & Communication
    • MC 7630: Communication for Social Change
    • MC 7650: International Media
  • 1 Additional Elective Course

This certificate is closely aligned with the School emphasis in Media Audiences & Processes. Students take coursework that provides theoretical and conceptual grounding concerning topics related to social and interactive media. In addition, students in this certificate program may take some coursework associated with the Strategic Communication certificate, which provide insight concerning practical and commercial uses of those media. The following courses are required for this certificate:

  • MC 5640: Practicum in Interactive Online Media Production
  • MC 6552: Social Media Seminar
  • Limited Electives: Choose 2 courses
    • MC 5050: Mediated Cultures & Identities
    • MC 5610: Audience Research
    • MC 5630: Media Programming
    • MC 5700: Electronic Surveillance & Privacy
    • MC 6550: Organizational Communication
    • MC 6551: Public Relations Research & Practice
    • MC 6553: Advertising Research & Practice
    • MC 7370: Seminar in New Media Research
  • 1 Additional Elective Course

This certificate directly addresses the needs of professionals who wish to bolster their resume and credentials. Students take coursework that provides them up-to-date information about media, public relations, and advertising in the modern workplace. The coursework will help to expand students’ knowledge about these topics, as well as provide valuable skills that they can take into the workplace. The following courses are required for this certificate:

  • Required Courses:
    • MC 6550: Organizational Communication
    • MC 6551: Public Relations Research & Practice
    • MC 6552: Social Media Seminar
    • MC 6553: Advertising Research & Practice
  • 1 Additional Elective Course

Certificate students must complete all their degree requirements in 6 years. After the passage of that time limit, courses taken before 6 years each for certificate students must be revalidated by the Graduate College.