Certificate in Corporate Communication and Training

Program Overview

The nine-hour certificate program in Corporate Communication and Training is designed to provide foundational instruction in organizational communication, communication training, and human resource development and other related course work for individuals interested in corporate communication, training, and human resource development.

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the current academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the current academic year can be found on The Graduate College's website. International students should review the International Admission Documents webpage for additional requirements.

  • completed online application
  • $20 nonrefundable application fee


  • $60 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts from each institution where course credit was granted
  • Fall 2021: minimum 3.2 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • Spring 2022: minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • GRE not required
  • essay (maximum of 500 words) addressing the following: reason for seeking the certificate, academic background and preparation for course work in communication and/or experience as a trainer, plans after completion of the certificate and how it applies to future plans


Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Course Requirements

The certificate requires 9 semester credit hours.

Required Courses
COMM 5319Organizational Communication3
or COMM 5374 Organizational Rhetoric
COMM 5371Communication Training and Development3
Select one of the following:3
Work/Life Intersections
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication (if not taken as required)
Communication Assessment
Seminar in Instructional Communication
Seminar in Human Communication Theory
Communication and Negotiation
Communication and Organizational Culture
Work, Identity, and Difference
Communicating Diversity and Inclusion
Communication and Technology
Small Group Communication
Applied Communication Studies
Organizational Communication Analysis and Development
Organizational Rhetoric (if not taken as required)
Total Hours9