Graduate Certificate

WHAT IS THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?
The Graduate Certificate Program in Communication is designed primarily to upgrade critical skills for effective communication in the competitive marketplace. Courses are designed for those with no previous coursework in communication and those with more sophisticated skills, in crisis management, web communication, health care, religious liberty, advanced reporting, broadcasting, public relations and research.

WHO IS THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FOR?
The Graduate Certificate Program is designed to attract professionals working both nationally and internationally. The following examples would be typical applicants: 

  • Union and conference communication directors
  • Lay communication directors
  • Professionals in health care
  • Educators
  • Professionals whose job descriptions include media relations, newsletters, broadcasting, web communication, interpersonal workshops, and other skills central to communication competencies
  • Professionals from the secular sector who need to upgrade their communication skills

HOW IS THE PROGRAM DESIGNED?
The Graduate Certificate Program consists of a minimum of 12 semester credits composed of existing courses in the Andrews University graduate curriculum. The Graduate Certificate Program may be either post-baccalaureate or post-master's.
 
The certificate program can serve either the purpose of completing the pre-requisites for admission to the master's degree in communication or the Graduate Certificate Program can be completed independently.
                                      
                              12 credit Certificate 
Bachelor's   -->                      OR                  -->     MASTER'S: Comm
                          12 credits of prerequisites  

WHAT COURSES ARE REQUIRED?
The curriculum for Certificate Program was developed in conjunction with the General Conference Communication Department and designed with applications to the marketplace and the needs of the Church. This curriculum is designed to satisfy the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the General Conference initiatives to advance the level of communication directors nationally and internationally.

  • CORE: (5-7 credits)
    COMM 554 Communicating Mission    2
    PLSC 520 Human Rights, Violations and Reconciliations 2
    COMM648 Communication Workshop    (1-3)
    1 credit in a rhetoric and presentation topic
    1 credit in writing for the media
    1 credit in a visual communication topic  
  • ELECTIVES: (5-7 credits)
    COMM648 Communication Workshop    (1-3)
    PREL510 Advancement and Communication   2
    COMM590 Grad Seminar:      2
    Course in such areas as Health Care
    Communication, Organizational Communication,
    Managing Campaigns, Electronic Newsgathering,
    Crisis Communication, Web Communication,
    Teambuilding, Development and Communication,
    Advanced Interpersonal Communication, Leadership
    Communication 
    COMM554 Topics in courses in such areas as Media Relations   2
    International Communication, New Media,
    Cultural Diversity, Nonprofit Communication
    COMM405 Persuasion      2

       TOTAL         12 

WHEN WILL THESE COURSES BE OFFERED?
Communication courses may be delivered as:

  • Summer courses
  • Pre- or post- General Conference Session courses
  • Distance education
  • Intensives, requiring pre-campus and post-campus work
  • Annual Society of Adventist Communicators convention

Course options will be offered to allow students to complete the certificate sequence over a three-year period. The student can expect to complete two courses per summer, but on a three-year cycle. The program must be completed within a five-year period.

WHERE WILL COURSES BE OFFERED?
Besides initial delivery (Phase I) of courses on the Andrews University campus and convention sites for the Society of Adventist Communicators, future courses may be available (Phase II) at such international venues as:

  • Adventist International Media Center at the Philippines
  • Newbold College
  • Avondale College
  • Montemorelos University
  • Helderberg College
  • Sao Paulo
  • Spicer College

WHO WILL TEACH THESE COURSES?
Faculty members teaching courses will be either Andrews University graduate faculty members and/or adjunct faculty members who are experienced in the area of instruction.

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST AND HOW DO I APPLY?
Regular graduate tuition fees and application procedures apply. Visit the graduate Tuition and Fees website.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Write, email or phone:

Andrews University
Department of Communication
Nethery Hall, Suite 224
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0050

269-471-6314 office 
269-471-3125 fax

commdept@andrews.edu email

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