Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies

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The Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies is an 18-hour online program that is part of the department’s offerings. The certificate consists of three required courses and three elective courses. Full-time students will be able to complete the program in a year. Using summer classes, part-time students will be able to complete the certificate in a year and a half.

This Graduate Certificate is eligible to receive Title IV funding – Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate PLUS loans by request. To be considered for aid, students need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Applications to the online Communication Studies Certificate Program are reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority application deadlines of: March 1st for the fall semester; October 1st for the spring semester.  We will accept and continue to review applications until all program slots are filled.  Students seeking admission to the graduate program in Communication Studies must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application:  The Graduate Application is an institutional application required by SHSU. Students must provide biographical and educational information and information relevant to determining State of Texas residency.
  2. Application fee: An application fee is required for all applications to graduate programs at SHSU.
  3. Transcripts documenting all prior degrees.*
  4. Two letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant’s suitability for graduate study.
  5. A letter of interest that summarizes the applicant’s educational and professional goals, how a Communication Studies degree or certificate will help the applicant obtain his/her professional goals, and how the applicant’s personal and professional experiences have prepared him/her for our graduate program.
  6. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected. Applicants who do not possess a graduate degree and have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may submit additional information as evidence of their academic and professional potential. Additional information may include, but is not limited to: GRE scores, a narrative that provides an explanation for the applicant’s low GPA and why the GPA is not indicative of the applicant’s academic and professional potential, etc.
  7. A resume'.

*Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts for review by the admissions committee. However, under university policy, admission decisions are contingent upon receipt of official transcripts.

Applicants must submit all application materials directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the relevant deadline. A holistic review of each applicant’s file will then be completed, with admission to the MA in Communication Studies program awarded on a competitive basis.

Note: Incomplete applications will be held by the Office of Graduate Admissions until the application file is complete. If students have questions about their application file, they should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies
Required Courses
COMS 5331Comm Studies Methods & Resrch3
COMS 5335Advanced Communication Theory3
COMS 5360Adv Interpersonal Communicatn3
Prescribed Electives
Select 3 of the following:9
Statistical Methods For Comm
Computer Mediated Comm
Dark Side of Communication
Advanced Intercultural Comm
Interpersonal Conflict
Health Communication
Sex & Gender In Communication
Grad Readings in Communication
Advanced Family Communication
Intergenerational Family Comm
Dark Side of Family Comm
Seminar In Interpersonal Comm
Seminar In Family Communicatn
Social Support and Well-Being
Risk Communication
Persuasion & Social Influence
Total Hours18