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Communication Studies

Graduate Certificate

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.

As a student in the program, you develop innovative strategies for teaching communication, employ effective and ethical communication practices, and apply critical perspectives to production and consumption of media messages.

The program is taught by IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. 

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 masters degree in their area of instruction or a masters 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 masters 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)


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
    NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
    To apply to this program:

    Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies must hold a bachelor’s degree.

    Applicants must submit a 250-word statement that briefly describes their background and that explains their goals for entering this degree program.

    Application Deadlines

    Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.


    • ALL core courses are listed here. You will select from among these courses to fulfill degree requirements. Credits
    • CMCL-C 502 or SPCH-S500Intro to Communication Theory 3 Credits
    • CMCL-C 545Communication Pedagogy3 Credits
    • CMCL-C 594 Communication and Conflict Management in Organizations 3 Credits
    • CMCL-C 606Media Criticism3 Credits
    • CMCL-C 610 Identity and Difference 3 Credits
    • COMM-C 510Health Provider-Consumer Communication3 Credits
    • COMM-C 528Group Communication and Organizations3 Credits
    • COMM-C 544 Advanced Relational Communication3 Credits
    • COMM-C 582 Advanced Intercultural Communication 3 Credits
    • COMM-C 592 or CMCL-C 592Advanced Health Communication3 Credits
    • COMM-C 593Family Communication3 Credits
    • SPCH-S 500 Intro to Grad Studies and Research 3 Credits
    • SPCH-S 627 Studies in Cross-Cultural Communication3 Credits
    • SPCH-S 633 Studies in Interpersonal Communication 3 Credits
    • SPCH-S 640 Studies in Organizational Communication 3 Credits

    Tuition & Fees

    Cost for Indiana Residents
    • Per Credit Hour
    • Tuition: $320.00
    • 3 Credit Hours
    • Tuition: $960.00
    Cost for Out of State Residents
    • Per Credit Hour
    • Tuition: $450.00
    • 3 Credit Hours
    • Tuition: $1350.00

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