Communication Certificate

School of Communication, College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media

Vision Statement

The proposed communication graduate certificate program provides potential students who are not interested in a complete MA program the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the discipline or customize their learning towards a specific area of study.  This can be helpful for career promotion, professional opportunities, teaching in-discipline at the community college/dual-enrollment level, personal exploration, etc.

Program Contact Information

Adam Tyma, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
107B Arts & Science Hall (ASH)
402.554.4877
atyma@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines (Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020)

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 1

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Admission to the graduate certificate program requires a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA, a major or a minor (or at least 15 undergraduate credits) in communication (studies), journalism, media, or a related area such as education, plus one 3 credit course in research methods or statistics. 
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose
    • 1000-word essay discussing why you wish to complete the certificate
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professor or supervisor. 

Total Number of Hours for Certificate Curriculum:18

The assumption is that the certificate courses are a subset of an existing master’s degree curriculum. Please attach a brief explanation if this is not the case. 

Response: For this certificate, any of the 8000/9000 level courses taught within the School of Communication are available for Communication Graduate Certificate students to take as part of their 18 credit hours.  As this program is meant for the student to create her/his/their own customized curriculum within the School’s offerings, the only restrictions on courses are the methods courses taught for the MA program students, denoted with * (those courses designated for MA students only; Certificate students who are interested taking a core course may be allowed by permit with instructor permission).

For those students focusing on HLC accreditation (to teach at the Associate’s level or the dual-enrollment level), certain courses will be denoted as “suggested” within promotional materials as they align with those courses being taught at that particular level.

Please complete the below course list.

As the program details, any six (or 18 credit hours) of coursework from the following can be utilized, through advising with the Graduate Program Chair, to complete the program.  Other courses not listed but in the catalog (e.g., core courses) might be used with the approval of the GPC and the course instructor.

CMST 8116RHETORICAL THEORY AND CRITICISM3
CMST 8126COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL PROTEST3
CMST 8136FAMILY COMMUNICATION3
CMST 8146COMMUNICATION AND HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS3
CMST 8156CORPORATE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT3
CMST 8166COMMUNICATION FOR INSTRUCTIONAL SETTINGS3
CMST 8176ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION3
CMST 8186COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP AND POWER AND ORGANIZATIONS3
CMST 8196COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION3
CMST 8226HEALTH COMMUNICATION3
CMST 8516PERSUASION AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE3
CMST 8536INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION-US3
CMST 8556NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION3
CMST 8566COMMUNICATION, TEAMWORK, & FACILITATION3
CMST 8576INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN THE GLOBAL WORKPLACE3
CMST 8586COMMUNICATING RACE, ETHNICITY & IDENTITY3
CMST 8606COMMUNICATION THEORY AND APPLICATION3
CMST 8626DIRECTING FORENSICS3
CMST 8706INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT3
CMST 8806CONFLICT MEDIATION3
COMM 8110SEMINAR IN MODERN PUBLIC ADDRESS3
COMM 8180TOPICS IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION3
COMM 8200SEMINAR IN POPULAR CULTURE, MASS MEDIA AND VISUAL RHETORIC3
COMM 8300TOPICAL SEMINAR MASS MEDIA3
COMM 8436GLOBAL MEDIA COMMUNICATION3
COMM 8980INDEPENDENT STUDY1-3
COMM 9400SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION & TECHNOLOGY3
JMC 8016HISTORY OF MASS COMMUNICATION3
JMC 8046SOCIAL MEDIA MEASUREMENT AND MANAGEMENT3
JMC 8226LITERARY JOURNALISM3
JMC 8235PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS3
JMC 8246PUBLIC RELATIONS CASE STUDIES3
JMC 8266MEDIA RELATIONS3
JMC 8316MEDIA & POLITICS3
JMC 8346MEDIA REGULATION & FREEDOM3
JMC 8376COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP3
JMC 8386FILM THEORY AND CRITICISM3
JMC 8396MEDIA ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
JMC 8406MASS MEDIA ETHICS3
JMC 8416COMMUNICATION LAW AND POLICY3
JMC 8426SPORTS WRITING3
JMC 8506MASS COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC OPINION3
JMC 8816DIGITAL LITERACIES FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS3
JMC 8826POLITICS AND FILM3
JMC 8836TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION3
JMC 8856INFORMATION DESIGN FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS3
JMC 8876TECHNICAL EDITING3
JMC 8906SEMINAR MASS COMMUNICATION3
JMC 8916SEMINAR MASS COMMUNICATION3
JMC 8926MEDIA LITERACY3

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