Professional Communication and Managerial Skills

 

Graduate Certificate | Professional Communication and Managerial Skills

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication and Managerial Skills is designed to provide graduate students or working professionals with a common platform of courses that will enhance their communication skills and professional development. This 12-credit-hour program is housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) and sponsored jointly by CHASS and the Poole College of Management. Students complete four 3-credit-hour courses: two in management and two in communication.

Eligibility

A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate and graduate work is required for admission.

Completion of a certificate program in no way guarantees entry into a graduate degree program, which is decided through a separate application process.

How to Apply

  • Those applicants who are currently enrolled in an NC State graduate program need only provide the Graduate Student Certificate Plan Data Entry form. Complete the form and send two hard copies to Dr. Melissa A. Johnson along with your resume or curriculum vitae. One copy will be forwarded to the Graduate School by the certificate office upon admission to the certificate program.
  • An application for acceptance into a certificate program is required for all new applicants to NC State. The applicant must apply via the Graduate School application. Upload unofficial transcripts, a brief personal statement, and a resume or curriculum vitae with your application. Letters of recommendation are not required for the certificate program. Simply leave that section of the Apply Yourself application blank.
  • There is a fee for new applicants. NC State students currently enrolled in degree programs and wishing to add the certificate are not required to pay an application fee.
  • New applications will be reviewed and applicants will be informed of the decision process by email.
  • We welcome international students in the certificate program. Because all of our classes are distance education courses, no Form I-20 student visa is required for students living outside of the U.S.

Cost

This 12-credit graduate program includes four 3-credit graduate courses. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $5,436 for North Carolina residents and $15,132 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

Students must complete the required 12 credit hours with an overall 3.0 GPA. Credit toward the certificate in a particular course will be given only if a grade of B- or better is earned in the course. All courses in the program must be taken for a letter grade. No transfer credits will be accepted in the program, and it must be completed within four years.

A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate in distinct fields. Each certificate must have at least nine (9) credit hours which are unique to it. Students interested or enrolled in a Professional Science Masters (PSM) program should consult with the appropriate Graduate Program Director as to the applicability of certificate credit hours toward the PSM degree.

Career Prospects

This graduate certificate program is designed to provide graduate students and working professionals with a common platform of courses that will enhance communication skills and professional development.

The program requires 12 credit hours, consisting of four 3-credit courses, including BUS 590 and MBA 554 and two of the COM courses listed below:

Required

BUS 501 - Strategic Management Foundations

Units: 3

This course is designed to help students with an engineering or scientific undergraduate degree understand the world of business. The class will cover key business functions including finance, marketing, operations, strategy, organizational behavior. Students will undertake a semester-long group project to design and plan for a new company or new product within an existing company. Restricted to students with an engineering, scientific, or other technical background.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Fall Term

MBA 554 - Project Management

Units: 3

Life cycle view of organizing and managing technical projects, including project selection, planning, and execution. Methods for managing and controlling project costs, schedules, and scope. Techniques for assessing project risk. Use of popular project management software tools. Application of project management tools and methods to product development, software, and process reengineering projects.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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COM 521 - Communication and Globalization

Units: 3

Economic, political, cultural dimensions of globalization. Role of information and communication technologies, networks, institutions, and practices in human social organization.

Offered in Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2019 Summer Term 1

COM 527 - Seminar in Organizational Conflict Management

Units: 3

Examination of conflict antecedents, interventions, outcomes through multiple texts, journal articles. Emphasis on workplace conflict, organizational outcomes, dispute system design. Evaluation through participation in class discussion, independent papers, research project, presentation.

Offered in Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2019 Summer Term 2

COM 530 - Interpersonal Communication in Science and Technology Organizations

Units: 3

Blends theory and research to understand and analyze interpersonal communication practices and issues within organizations, including managing impressions and conversations, engaging in active listening, managing conflict, influencing others, and communicating in teams. Focus on developing and maintaining effective interpersonal at work and improving student's communication competence.

Offered in Summer

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2019 Summer Term 2

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details

Dr. Melissa Johnson

Program Coordinator

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

919.515.9757
melissa_johnson@ncsu.edu