In today's complex world of information and knowledge, organizations large and small increasingly recognize that effective communication is an essential ingredient for success. Penn State's 12-credit online certificate program in organizational communication is designed to help you make practical improvements in this critical area in order to make communication with peers, supervisors, customers and other stakeholders as efficient and effective as possible. All of the program's courses can be completed around your own schedule, where and when it's most convenient for you.
In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.
Study Timely, Relevant Subject Matter
When asked by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) to rate the importance of candidate qualities and skills for the Job Outlook 2012 survey, employers rated "communication skills" and "ability to work in teams" among the top three qualities. This certificate can help you develop these skills to gain an advantage in the job market.
Add Value to Your Organization
This program can help you improve internal and external communications in the context of your current position, or prepare you to move into a new career as a communications professional.
Build Fundamental, Long-Term Skills
Because they focus on research-based skills that go beyond mere technical expertise with presentation software, the practical insights presented in this program will hold their value throughout your career.
Earn Credits Toward a Degree
If you are interested in continuing your education, you can work with an academic adviser to determine how some of the credits earned in this certificate may be applied toward another degree.