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Communication and Digital Media advanced certificate

Grant Cos, Graduate Program Director

Program overview

The advanced certificate in communication and digital media is comprised of courses focusing on digital media that have both career and scholarly applications. The certificate combines both academic and pragmatic perspectives and assists students and practitioners in better understanding the research and theory of digital media, in message creation, and in the analysis of these dynamic new channels. Collectively, courses also enhance critical thinking, global interconnectedness, ethical reasoning, integrative literacies (digital, technical, communication, and aesthetic), and creative and innovative thinking.

Plan of study

The curriculum is designed for those who need to update or upgrade their skills, certify their competence, add to their credentials, or improve their understanding of media. The courses are taught online in eight-week sessions, (two per semester) to accommodate students who would like to complete the four-course certificate in one academic year (or two semesters).


Communication and digital media, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
COMM-705 Technology-mediated Communication 3
COMM-706 Crafting the Message 3
COMM-710 Visual Communication 3
  Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 12
Choose one of the following:
   COMM-707    International Media
   COMM-711    Persuasion in a Digital Age
   UXDE-711    User Interface Design
   UXDE-721    User Experience Design
   UXDE-722    User Interaction Design and Development

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in communication and digital media, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college. 
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)
  • Have a minimum of 15 semester hours of course work in undergraduate psychology or a related field (e.g., engineering, computer science, information technology), including one course in experimental psychology and one course in statistics.
  • Submit scores from the GRE.
  • Submit a personal statement describing the applicant’s goals for the program, focusing on their research interests and possible thesis research (including possible thesis mentors).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

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Additional information

Gainful employment

Information regarding costs and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and occupational profiles for this program can be viewed at