Graduate Certificate Communication Studies

Program features

  • 18 Credit hours of graduate-level instruction in communication strategies, practices, and techniques
  • Classes offered fully online by IU East and other IU campuses in fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • 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.


  • Professionals who would want to advance their education without committing to the master’s degree
  • High-school teachers and teachers who need additional credentials in Communication

Admission requirements

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA
  • A brief statement of professional goals and background


  • One pedagogy course
  • Three communication in context courses, for example, group communication, conflict management, interpersonal communication, and others
  • One media course, for example, media criticism, social media, and others
  • One elective course

Application procedure

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, to start in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. To apply, complete the IU graduate application, choosing Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies.

Applicants are requested to upload undergraduate transcripts and a brief statement of professional goals and background (up to 250 words) to the graduate application

Applicants should send their official transcripts to the IU Office of Collaborative Programs Graduate Admissions, 2325 Chester Blvd, Richmond, In 47374.

More information

Direct your questions to Kara Newman, Director of Graduate Admissions Operations,

Please visit IU Online website for more details about the program.

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