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On the global level, communicators require awareness, agility, and strategies within multicultural environments. When considering social justice, the emphasis may not be focused on international cultural comparisons, but gaining understanding of unconscious perceptions that influence communication between various identities described by generations, races, religions, and socioeconomic groups.
Cross-cultural communication is the process of recognizing both differences and similarities in order to effectively interact with various groups in society. This certificate offers communication insights into a broad range of society and business needs from interactions at the grass roots level to boards of directors and public entities to global corporations. With effective skills in cross-cultural communication, one could seek opportunities in consultancy, governmental bodies, nonprofit organizations, public relations, sales, social service, and tourism. In addition, there are a vast range of roles within corporate departments, such as communications, customer service, development, human resources, marketing, and sales.
The Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Communication will help to equip professionals with the knowledge and competencies to:
- Analyze personal cross-cultural awareness and implicit bias, in addition to interpreting organizational cross-cultural communication strategy to develop effective communication processes and activities
- Evaluate communication audiences from a holistic perspective, thereby constructing effective verbal and nonverbal interactions based on cross-cultural consumption
- Formulate enlightened cross-cultural communication and inclusive diversity strategies, processes, and policies
- Demonstrate critical-thinking skills through research, case analysis, role plays, and experiential learning demonstrating agility, quick response, and diplomacy employing cross-cultural communication strategies
- Choose from two paths: international or social justice
- This unique certificate combines traditional communications strategies with personal cross-cultural awareness
- This program offers International Field Study Experience, which includes on-site instruction in the region of study
Transfer Credit Opportunities for Certifications from Professional Associations
Successful applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Communication with their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR):
- Will receive three quarter hours of transfer credit – a 17% savings in tuition
- Will be able to earn a graduate certificate by completing five courses, rather than six
- Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: PBR 6100 Introduction to Public Relations
Experiential / Co-op opportunities
Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.
This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.
Get Set with a Custom Course Plan
Students must earn a minimum of 12 quarter hours from one of two tracks.
Social Justice Track
Now Let's Talk Admissions
You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
- Professional resumé: Current resumé that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
- Cross-cultural experience: Students must have two years of experience in either a diverse and/or multicultural work environment, or they must successfully complete CMN 6080 Intercultural Communications
- Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language
Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.
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Cost and Tuition
Estimated Total Tuition
This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2020-2021 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. For more detailed information, please visit Student Financial Services.
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.
|November 2, 2020||International out-of-country application complete (Start date: January 19, 2021)|
|December 7, 2020||International in-country application complete (Start date: January 19, 2021)|
|January 1, 2021||Domestic application complete (First half start: January 19, 2021)|
|February 12, 2021||Domestic application complete (Second half start: February 22, 2021)|
|February 8, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (Start date: April 12, 2021)|
|March 8, 2021||International in-country application complete (Start date: April 12, 2021)|
|April 2, 2021||Domestic application complete (First half start: April 12, 2021)|
|May 14, 2021||Domestic application complete (Second half start: May 24, 2021)|
|July 2, 2021||Domestic application complete (Start date: July 12, 2021)|
|July 19, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)|
|August 23, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)|
|September 7, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)|
|October 18, 2021||Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)|
Student Body Profile
Below is a look at where our Communications and Journalism alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Boston Globe Media
- Fidelity Investments
- Harvard University
What They Do
- Media and Communication
- Business Development
- Art and Design
What They're Skilled At
- Social Media
- Public Relations
- Public Speaking
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.
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Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied toward the MS in Corporate and Organizational Communication.
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Certificates are the fastest-growing form of postsecondary credentials in the United States (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012).
From Our Alumni
"Professors consistently took deep dives into their areas of expertise and made sure to tie it back to real-world examples. That allowed me to bring new ideas to the workplace that were directly applicable to the problems we were facing." — Rick Keilty, Alumnus
From Our Faculty
"Northeastern is a world-class university with a tremendous trajectory. It's a wonderful institution where faculty can make a significant impact." — Assistant Professor Stratis Ioannidis
From Our Alumni
"Northeastern's programs are led by skilled and experienced industry leaders who are committed to the engagement and growth of their students." — Stephen O'Halloran, '14