Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication at Minnesota State University-Mankato gives students the chance to improve their communication skills at a professional level.  This program is ideal for any professional individual wishing to enhance their ability to communicate with others with extra graduate courses.  Students will gain expertise in the art of effective communication in several different environments and mediums, giving them an edge in a wide range of careers.

The certificate requires 12 credits and is completely online. The major common core courses include Communication Training and Development and Communication for Professionals.  Students can also choose two additional courses from a list of four:  Organizational Communication, Topics in Rhetoric and Culture, Conflict Management, or Communication Research Methods. These courses teach focused theories and practices within the large framework of communication, giving the students a chance to refine and develop vital skills that will help them in any professional career.  The program can be completed within one year, depending on course availability.

Communication is the process where individuals try to convey meaning and understanding among each other, and the process of communication often requires extra skills and knowledge in intrapersonal and interpersonal processing, observing, listening, speaking, analyzing, questioning, and evaluating.  Proper use of these processes is vital in all forms of life including home, school, work, community, and other places.  Graduates of this program will have the skills for communication on a professional level, which can enhance any job opportunity and promotion where communication is important.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 


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