Graduate Certificate in Applied Communication Studies Navigating Communication Challenges


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total

Effective communication skills are necessary in every career field. All industries need people who excel at written and verbal communication. Professionals who have these skills are well on their way to success. Our online Graduate Certificate in Applied Communication Studies can help you gain advanced business communication skills to help you stand out to employers. This program can help you understand how to use communications in a wide range of settings. You can learn to adapt messages to meet specific needs within a company.

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  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

At Liberty, we want to help graduate students like you train for success in a way that fits your lifestyle. That’s why we’ve designed our Graduate Certificate in Applied Communication Studies to be completed 100% online.

You can pursue your education goals without putting your life on hold. You can complete your graduate courses from the comfort of your own home. You’ll have the freedom to focus on what really matters — like your family and job.

Our goal is to help you become a Champion for Christ. At Liberty, you can learn from professors whose faith is rooted in a biblical worldview. They can teach you practical ways to integrate Christian principles into your career.

Additionally, our faculty have real-world experience in business communications. They can help you learn how to improve your company’s internal and external communication strategies.

This graduate certificate teaches you how to use both new and traditional forms of media to create messages that target specific audiences. You can learn effective communication techniques that can help you motivate people, manage organizational stress, develop teams, and lead team members through change. By completing this graduate certificate, you can gain marketable skills that can help you become a leader in your field.

Your certificate courses can also help you understand the theories that are behind successful communications campaigns. You’ll learn how to apply these theories to find practical solutions to your company’s problems.

You can learn how to strategically use your communication skills in the workplace. These skills can be related to conflict management, small group communication, public affairs, social media, leadership, public speaking, and interpersonal communication. Overall, your courses can help you understand what kinds of messages are most effective for different types of audiences.

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Graduate Full Time $565/Credit
Graduate Part Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.