Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication

Campus Locations Boston, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 18
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes


The study of organizational communication focuses on the dynamics of communication in complex organizations, for the purpose of learning how individuals within such organizations can become effective communicators. Whether the context of such communication is meetings or professional presentations, communicating during a crisis, or intercultural exchanges, the message is consistent: effective communication is a crucial factor in determining organizational success.


Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Courses (9 q.h.)

CMN 6010 Strategic Communication Management 3 q.h.
CMN 6020 Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6910 Organizational Communication Assessment (should be taken as the last course) 3 q.h.

Elective Courses (6 q.h.)

Choose two of the following courses:

CMN 6061 Personal Branding 3 q.h.
CMN 6050 Crisis Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6060 Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation 3 q.h.
CMN 6070 Interviewing 3 q.h.

Choose one of the following courses:

CMN 6080 Intercultural Communication in the Organization 3 q.h.
CMN 6090 Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6100 Communication Networks and Managing Information 3 q.h.
CMN 6110 Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management 3 q.h.
CMN 6015 Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media 3 q.h.


Total Quarter Hours: 18

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $11,070.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2015-16 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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