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Communication Studies, Graduate Certificate

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies provides advanced instruction in communication strategies, practices, and techniques. Enhance your skills when it fits your schedule through this flexible, fully online program.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 18

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

As a student in this certificate program, you’ll gain practical communication skills for use in professional, academic, and personal contexts. Develop innovative strategies for teaching communication, employ effective and ethical communication practices, and apply critical perspectives to production and consumption of media messages.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University certificate respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree 
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:

  • Official transcripts
  • A 250-word statement that briefly describes your background and goals for entering this degree program

Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1

Spring semester: Jan 1

Summer I semester: May 1

Summer II semester: Jun 15

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

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

Meet certificate requirements by taking courses in: 

  • Communication pedagogy (3credit hours)
  • Communication in context (9 credit hours)
  • Communication in media (3 credit hours)
  • Communication elective (3 credit hours)

Core Classes for the Communication Studies Graduate Certificate
Course Number Course Name Credits

CMCL-C 502 or SPCH-S 500

Intro to Communication Theory

3 Credits

COMM-C 592 or CMCL-C 592

Advanced Health Communication

3 Credits

SPCH-S 633

Studies in Interpersonal Communication

3 Credits

CMCL-C 545

Communication Pedagogy

3 Credits

CMCL-C 594

Communication and Conflict Management in Organizations

3 Credits

CMCL-C 606

Media Criticism

3 Credits

CMCL-C 610

Identity and Difference

3 Credits

COMM-C 510

Health Provider-Consumer Communication

3 Credits

COMM-C 528

Group Communication and Organizations

3 Credits

COMM-C 544

Advanced Relational Communication

3 Credits

COMM-C 582

Advanced Intercultural Communication

3 Credits

COMM-C 593

Family Communication

3 Credits

SPCH-S 500

Intro to Grad Studies and Research

3 Credits

SPCH-S 627

Studies in Cross-Cultural Communication

3 Credits

SPCH-S 640

Studies in Organizational Communication

3 Credits

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