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Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication — Online

The online Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication prepares students to excel as effective communicators and leaders in an organizational environment.

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Customize your plan

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

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Learn from experience

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

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Choose your focus

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

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Study anywhere, on your time

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

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication online program focuses on the dynamics of communication in complex organizations. Its goal is to reveal how individuals within such organizations can become effective communicators. Whether this involves meetings or professional presentations, communicating during a crisis, or intercultural exchanges, the message is consistent: effective communication is essential to career success in any organization. Related topics include ethical issues in organizational communication, as well as strategies and techniques for assessment, negotiation, and information management. 

The online program is ideally suited to prepare students to communicate clearly in an organizational environment increasingly shaped by digital technology and media. The format also makes it easier for working professionals to balance coursework with their professional and personal commitments. Courses from this program can be applied toward the Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication.

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Unique Features

  • Online program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals
  • Covers broad applications of organizational communication, for professional presentations, crisis management, or intercultural exchanges
  • Elective offerings covering diverse aspects of organizational communication supplement foundational courses
  • Courses from this certificate can be applied to the Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication

Transfer Credit Opportunities for Certifications from Professional Associations

Successful applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication with their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) or Strategic Communication Management Professionals (CMP or SCMP):

  • 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: CMN 6010 Strategic Communication Management

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.

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General Requirements

Required Courses

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3.00

Electives

Complete two of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00

Complete one of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

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.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • English language proficiency proof: Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

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 following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Communications & 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

 

Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.

Career Opportunities and Services

Overview

Did You Know?

Communications and digital media jobs are expected to grow by more than 83K by 2022 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Stackable Certificate:

This certificate can stack into the Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication.

Did You Know?

By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our global network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners. 

Did You Know?

Graduate certificate holders earn on average a 25% salary increase (Washington Post, 2012).