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EIU Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Graduate Certificate in Communication Processes

Option Description:

The online Graduate Certificate in Communication Processes is geared towards individuals who are interested in teaching dual-credit public speaking classes at the high school level. Individuals wishing to teach dual-credit must have a master's degree in any area and at least 18 hours of coursework in the respective field. The online certificate program can be completed in one year (or 3 semesters).

Courses taken towards the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Communication Processes may be counted toward the Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies.  Acceptance into the certificate program does not guarantee placement into the graduate program, however. Students in the certificate program will be required to apply separately to the MA in Communication Studies degree program.


Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for admission to the certificate program, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”). All applicants must also submit a departmental application to include:

  • Statement of personal goals
  • A resume outlining relevant work or academic experience
  • One letter of recommendation


Application deadlines are as follows:

Fall:               July 15

Spring:        January 1

Summer:    May 15


Certificate Course Requirements:

Total Semester Hours: 18

 Required Core Classes (6hrs)

  • CMN5020       Communication Theory. Credits: 3                           
  • CMN5240       Communication Pedagogy. Credits: 3 

Elective Classes (12hrs)

Students can choose any FOUR classes listed below:

  • CMN5015       Communication Ethics. Credits: 3
  • CMN5040       Communication Research. Credits: 3
  • CMN5150       Seminar in Interpersonal Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5190       Leadership Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5510       Interpersonal Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5520       Social Interaction. Credits: 3 
  • CMN5530       Intercultural Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5550       Special Topics in Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5650       Digital Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5710       Organizational Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5720       Seminar in Public Relations. Credits: 3
  • CMN5740       Small Group and Team Communication. Credits: 3


Students may apply online at


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Contact Information

Angela S. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator

Buzzard 2419

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