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Online Graduate Certificate

Strategic Communications

Strategic Communications
Graduate Certificate
  • 15 credits
  • Transfer up to 6 credits
  • All courses available online
  • $534 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $336 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Gain proficiency in public relations and the strategic application of communication techniques.

In the strategic communications certificate program at University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll learn how to conduct research, identify your audience, and develop messages that will stimulate engagement. You'll also practice writing and creating appealing products that deliver those messages. Further, you'll learn how different organizational functions interact with the strategic communications team to achieve organizational objectives.

Total Credits Required: 15

  • (3 Credits, MSCP 600)
  • (3 Credits, MSCP 605)
  • (3 Credits, MSCP 610)
  • (3 Credits, MSCP 620)
  • (3 Credits, MSCP 625)

  • All courses must be taken in the order listed.
  • You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course.
  • The grade of C is not available for these courses.
  • The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2024–2025 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each certificate webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all certificates.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

This certificate is an interdisciplinary credential that provides a solid foundation in strategic communications, including public relations. This program requires students to demonstrate competencies in writing for strategic communications, public relations and communications theory; message development; communications research and planning; traditional media techniques and tactics; and social media techniques and tactics.

Julie W., Honolulu, HI

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There are more than 270,000 public relations professionals in the United States.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | "Occupational Outlook Handbook" | April 9, 2021

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Industry Certification Exams

This program is designed to help prepare you for the following certification exams:

Experience Recommended for Success

You are expected to have some familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite.

Strong writing skills are also encouraged in this program. If you have not recently written professionally in a public relations or related communications field, we also recommend that you familiarize yourself with AP style. You will have access to the AP Stylebook once you have been accepted into the program and classes begin.


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