Graduate Certificate in Communication and Leadership

This certificate seamlessly transfers to Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication degree. Unlock your leadership potential with Purdue's online Graduate Certificate in Communication and Leadership. In just six months, you can enhance the strategic communication skills that are essential for corporate success. Gain expertise in cross-cultural leadership and elevate your career with this dynamic, industry-focused certificate.

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Enhance your strategic communication skills and succeed in leadership.

Become a standout leader in as little as six months with Purdue’s online Graduate Certificate in Communication and Leadership. Gain advanced skills in strategic communication and management, positioning yourself for success in any organization. Our program focuses on practical applications, preparing you to lead effectively in diverse professional settings.

Guided by experienced faculty, you’ll master techniques for cross-cultural teamwork plus learn to enhance collaboration and communicate in high-stakes situations. Topics include organizational communication theories, team productivity and the development of comprehensive communication plans.

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Program Specifics

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Learn to lead cross-cultural teams, boost collaboration and communicate effectively in diverse professional settings. Expert faculty guide you through organizational communication theories, team productivity and crafting communication plans. Gain a competitive edge with real-world insights and position yourself for career advancement.

Required Courses

  • COM 60111 – Seminar in Strategic Communication
  • COM 65000 – Communication and Leadership

Elective Courses (choose two):

  • COM 65100 – Organizational Culture and Internal Communication
  • COM 65200 – Communication Training and Education
  • COM 64400 – Personal Branding
  • ENGT 50700 – Fundamentals of Collaborative Leadership and Agile Strategy

Shared Course Opportunities

In some cases, a course from another Purdue University college can be used as an elective toward the graduate certificate. Possible courses are listed below. Please discuss your interests in a shared course with an academic advisor.

  • Public Health Administration (CSR 68700/PUBH 60400)
  • Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior (HK 57601/PUBH 60200)
  • Design And Analysis of Public Health Interventions (HK 67500/PUBH 60600)
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (HSCI 54700)
  • Leadership in Hospitality and Tourism (HTM 51200)

$520 per credit hour (In-State Residents)
$820 per credit hour (Out-of-State Residents)

12 credit hours total

Career Outcomes

Unique Job Postings
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Top Job Titles

  • Technical Writers
  • Communications Specialists
  • Copywriters
  • Proposal Writers
  • Communications Coordinators

Top Industries

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Professional Schools
  • Engineering Services
  • Large Corporations
  • Government Agencies

Source: LightcastTM (2023). Unique job postings for July 2022-2023. Projected growth for years 2023-2033.

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