Graduate Certificate in Leading Communication Strategy and Talent Development

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Credits Required for Graduation 18
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The Graduate Certificate in Leading Communication and Talent Development responds to the growing demand for communicators who can assume a strategic advisory and leadership role. This certificate is intended to prepare communicators with the knowledge and competencies to: 

  • Participate in the development of their organization’s strategic objectives through effective communication processes and activities
  • Structure an effective communication function with a highly motivated team of communication professionals and appropriate allocation of resources
  • Identify, mentor, and promote talented communication professionals
  • Serve as a strategic advisor to the organization’s senior management team



Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Courses (9 q.h.)

Students must have 5 years of communication-related experience to enroll in this graduate certificate program.

The following required courses are offered 100% online and must be taken in sequence:

CMN 6200 Strategic Communications Advisor: Roles and Responsibilities 3 q.h.
CMN 6201 Managing Communication Resources 3 q.h.
CMN 6202 Management Symposium 3 q.h.

Elective Courses (9 q.h.)

The elective courses are offered in a variety of formats, including blended formats and online formats.

Choose three of the following courses:

HRM 6020 Strategic Recruitment, Training, and Performance Management 3 q.h.
LDR 6120  Organizational Leadership  3 q.h. 
PJM 6000 Project Management Practices  3 q.h. 
PJM 6215 Leading Remote Project Teams 3 q.h.
CMN 6045 Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance 3 q.h.


Required minimum credit hours: 18 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Communication-Related Experience This certificate is designed for professionals who have at least five years of professional communication-related experience and who are currently in management or supervisory roles, or aspire to be as the next step in their career progression.
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $12,078.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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