Strategic Communication Online Certificate Program

In the Strategic Communication certificate, students to learn theories of human and group communication theories while gaining practical writing, data analysis, and leadership skills. This program will help professionals from all backgrounds and industries move forward and meet organizational needs.

Learn from a faculty of industry leaders in this fully online certificate. Enhance your professional skillset and advance your career.

Or, apply credit you've earned to one of five SPS online bachelor's degrees.


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Advance your career
Apply credits to Northwestern online bachelor’s degree*

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Online, asynchronous classes

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Four quarters (one year), one course per quarter

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Begin in any quarter

icon Number of Credits

Four courses to complete the certificate

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Estimated cost $2,300 per course

*Strategic Communication certificate may not be applied to online degree in Strategic Communication. Contact an admission advisor for details. 



About the Strategic Communication Certificate Program

Strategic Communication Goals and Courses



Admission for the Strategic Communication Certificate

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found at the Admission page.

Strategic Communication Tuition

Certificate students in the School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about tuition and financial obligations, see the Tuition page.

Strategic Communication Registration Information

Registration for courses opens 8 to 10 weeks before each quarter and is accessed CAESAR,  Northwestern's online student records system. View course registration timelines and instructions on the Registration Information page.

Applying Credit to an Online Bachelor of Science Program

Students interested in the option of applying credit earned in an online undergraduate certificate to an SPS online bachelor's degree program should submit an online application and all required application materials. Students who elect to apply to a bachelor’s degree program before completing the certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable bachelor’s degree, but a certificate will not be conferred.

If you are interested in exploring this option, contact an admission advisor for details.

Find out more about the Strategic Communication Certificate

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