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Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies

The graduate certificate in Communication Studies is taught consortially by IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. 

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies provides graduate-level instruction in communication strategies, practices, and techniques. It teaches practical communication skills needed in professional, academic, and personal contexts, such as presenting information, arguing a position, promoting a cause, presenting information via social media, designing targeted messages, and managing relations and conflicts.

Of Special Interest for Dual-Credit and Community College Instructors

In addition to providing a program of study in communication studies at the graduate level, the IU Online Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies meets the Higher Learning Commissions (HLCs) instructor qualification standards, which require instructors to hold a master's degree in their area of instruction or a master's degree in another discipline, plus a minimum of 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework. 

This stand-alone certificate provides the HLCs requisite number of discipline-specific graduate credits for those who already hold a master's degree. Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies prepares you for such careers as:

  • Communication dual-credit teacher (high school) 
  • Communication instructor (community college)
  • Communication professional in an organization or institution

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies, you must complete 18 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • Communication pedagogy course (3 cr. hours)
  • Communication in context courses (9 cr. hours)
  • Communication in media course (3 cr. hours)
  • Communication elective course (3 cr. hours)

For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies see 

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