Professional Communication and Leadership Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Certificate Requirements:  15 Credit Hours

Policies, Requirements and Standards

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication and Leadership prepares students for workplace communication, critical thinking, and organizational leadership. It is directed toward both working professionals and mature college graduates who are either already in the work force or who are making the transition from an undergraduate degree to a professional setting, and aim to sharpen their communication abilities. At the core of the certificate program are four courses that focus on writing, professional communication, and leadership. From there, students choose one additional specialized course in information design, psychology, leadership, or communication to complete the 15 credit hours.

Admission Standards

  • Official transcripts that demonstrate completion of requirements for the baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. A 2.75 overall grade point average, OR a 2.50 overall grade point average and a minimum 2.75 major grade point average, on all undergraduate work is required
  • Official transcripts
  •  A resume or vita
  •  A Letter of Intent. A writing sample of 200-500 words that describes how a Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication and Leadership would help you meet your personal and professional goals. This essay may include a discussion of any weaknesses in your academic record.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation

Standards of Progression and Graduation

Time Limit

All degree requirements must be completed within seven years.

Program of Study

Students will formalize a program of study with the program coordinator. Students are encouraged to apply for graduation in the semester before the anticipated date of graduation. A copy of the official program of study must accompany the candidate’s application. At least fifty percent of the program must be completed at the 6000-8000 levels.

Graduation Requirements 

The student must maintain a 3.0 overall average of all graduate courses completed.

Credit Hours
Core Courses12
Communication and Leadership in the Public Arena
Leadership in the Public Arena: From Ideas to Action
Organizational Communication in Diverse Contexts
Professional Communication Strategies
Plain Language in Workplace Writing
Elective: Students must select one course from the list below.3
Social Marketing for Health Communication
Selected Topics in Communication
Theories of Mass Communication
Public Relations Campaigns in Health and Science
Applied Crisis Communication Theory
Health Communication
Selected Topics in Communication
Communication Theory
Communication and Conflict
Nonverbal Communication
Communication and Gender
Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace
Family Communication
Professional Communication Presentation Skills
Communication Training and Development
Selected Topics in Leadership Studies
Contemporary Issues in Leadership
Conflict Resolution
Leadership and Group Dynamics
Writing for the Nonprofit Sector
Publication Design
Advanced Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture
Selected Topics in Writing and Linguistics
Managing Digital Documents
Usability and User Experience
Applied Ethics in Professional and Technical Communication
Rhetorics of Health and Medicine
Approved Elective
Total Credit Hours15


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page. 

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director. 
​Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)