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Online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management

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Amplify the effectiveness of your communications with the online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management program from Purdue University. It’s a fast-paced way for you to broaden your professional skillset and gives you confidence to meet your organization’s communication needs across a variety of platforms.

100% Online

24 Weeks

3 Courses

Amplify: Your Impact in the Communication Field

Strategic communication is a critical competency of numerous leadership positions across a wide range of industries. The ability to communicate the right message to the right audience at the right time is a valuable skill. The online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management program embodies the values the Brian Lamb School of Communication was founded on, which include a commitment to openness in communication and public affairs. With these values in mind, the program’s curriculum was designed so that professionals leave with a heightened understanding of leveraging communication in a variety of fields.

Advance Your Role

By improving your strategic communication skills and learning effective communication strategies, you will become a more desirable candidate for a number of different positions across a wide variety of industries and settings. In that sense, you can look at a graduate certificate from a top-ranked public university such as Purdue as an investment in your future.

Amplify: Your Training in Strategic Communication

Graduates of the online certificate program not only gain a strong working knowledge of the theory and strategy behind impactful strategic communication, but they are influenced by a faculty that is involved in a wide range of research projects and brings decades of career experience into their teaching. Graduates of the program become well-versed in a variety of different communication techniques and develop a thorough understanding of:

  • Planning, executing and evaluating strategic communication plans
  • Recognizing communication issues from a global perspective
  • Measuring, evaluating and implementing communication campaigns
  • Working with communication during times of crisis

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Test Drive a Course amd Save Up To $2,000 on Your Degree

Earn three credits toward your Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management program at a discounted price thanks to a new partnership with FutureLearn — an online learning platform that offers online courses to millions of students worldwide.

The next course begins January 27, 2020.

Here's how it works:

  • Take a free introductory course in Digital Media Analytics in partnership with FutureLearn, a learning platform serving more than 8 million learners
  • Upgrade to finish the 5-course, 15-week FutureLearn series at $55 per course to earn 3 Purdue graduate credits — a cost savings of up to $2,000 on out-of-state-tuition*
  • Pass an assessment,** complete an application and requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication program, get accepted, start the program, then transfer the 3 credits into your program

FutureLearn's 15-week course series:

  • Digital Media Analytics: Introduction (free course)
  • Digital Media Analytics: Social Media Research Plans
  • Digital Media Analytics: Using Data from Owned Media
  • Digital Media Analytics: Earned Media
  • Digital Media Analytics: Paid Media
  • Digital Media Analytics: Using 'Listening Data'
  • Digital Media Analytics: Putting It All Together (Assessment)

Register for your free course today.

*FutureLearn is based in the United Kingdom, cost per course may change per U.S. conversion rates.
**Cost to take the assessment is $125 and may change per U.S. conversion rates.

Online MS in Communication Available

Build upon your critical-thinking and strategic communication skills with the online MS in Communication program. The degree is designed for working professionals who wish to obtain a deeper understanding and mastery of strategic communication to facilitate upward career mobility. The 30-credit program can be completed between 12 and 20 months. If you opt to complete the certificate first, credits can be applied to the MS in Communication degree, saving you time.

Admissions decisions are based on individual experience and the applicant’s fit with the program.

To be considered for admission, students must complete a phone interview with an admissions advisor and submit a completed application as well as the following: 

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • An updated resume
  • A 500-word (minimum) personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended, including transfer credits
  • (3) professional letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your abilities
  • An application fee of $60 ($75 for international students)

In addition to the admission requirements noted on the first tab, international students must also provide the following information.

  • Official transcripts from all universities attended in the original language as well as English translation for transcripts and diplomas not in English.
  • Non-native English speakers must also submit the following.
    • TOEFL test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements:
      • Minimum Overall: 80
      • Writing: 18
      • Speaking: 27
      • Listening: 15
      • Reading: 19
    • IELTS test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements:
      • Minimum Overall: 8.0
      • Writing: 6.5
      • Speaking: 6.0
      • Listening: 6.0
      • Reading: 5.5

Prior to starting your online application, you must first complete a phone interview with an admissions advisor. To schedule your phone interview, call 877-497-585.

Once you have completed your phone interview, you are ready to complete the online application. Click here for the online application.

If you have any questions about filling out the application, click here or call us at 877-497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor.

What’s It Like to Learn Online?

  • Will my diploma look different from the on-campus programs?

    No. Both on-campus and online programs earn the same diploma. Online students are also invited to participate in the graduation ceremony on campus upon program completion.

  • How do online classes work?

    Coursework is asynchronous, meaning that there are not specific times that you need to be online. When you start the program, you will be given access to a virtual classroom interface. Your instructor will post coursework, syllabi, assignments, and messages every week. You will also use discussion boards, e-mail, and chat to communicate with your classmates and your instructor. You can log on and do your coursework at any time that is convenient for you, but you must turn in your assignments by the deadlines your instructor sets.

  • How much time should I allow for doing homework and completing assignments?

    As in an on-campus program, you should plan on devoting about 15 to 20 hours a week to coursework, depending on your study habits.

  • What if I have a question about homework or need help with a technical issue?

    The faculty and staff at Purdue are dedicated to your success at the University and in the future. Your instructor will set weekly times for one-on-one electronic consultations and will answer emails in a timely fashion. Technical support is available to help you handle hardware and software issues, and we have dedicated staff available to talk to you about financial aid, scheduling, or any other administrative issues.

Current Tuition Rates and Fees* In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Rate $451.20 $751.20

Technology Fee

$7.55 $7.55

Repair and Rehabilitation Fee

$11.25 $11.25
Digital Education Fee $50.00 $50.00
Total Cost Per Credit Hour $520.00 $820.00
Total Credit Hours 9 9
Total Program Cost $4,680.00 $7,380.00

*Tuition and fees are charged on a per credit hour basis and are subject to annual increases. Annual increases may change the total program cost. The rate and fees above are effective for the 2019–2020 school year. Purdue faculty and staff fee remissions may not be applied to the online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management program.

Learn More About This Program

Learn more about the program by calling 877-497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.