Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Communication — Boston

The Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Communication is a unique program offering two paths: international or social justice.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.


Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.


Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.


Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.


Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

F1 Visa Eligible


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

F-1 students must be full-time students during their first term and can take a reduced course load in their final academic term, as long as there are no other degree requirements. Students are not eligible for OPT, as they have not completed one academic year (2 quarters having been completed rather than the 3 quarters that is the academic year).

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Unique Features

  • 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

Get Set With a Custom Course Plan

Please note: The following is a sample curriculum and is subject to change. Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.

Required Courses


Required Track

Students must earn a minimum of 12 quarter hours from one of two tracks.




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
  • 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.

Admissions Details Learn more about the College of Professional Studies admissions process, policies, and required materials.

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term:

Domestic Application Guidelines

International Application Guidelines*

*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.

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
    • TechTarget
    • MIT
  • What They Do

    • Media and Communication
    • Marketing
    • Business Development
    • Education
    • Art and Design
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Social Media
    • Editing
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Public Speaking


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