Public Service Communication Specialist Certificate
Monmouth’s Public Service Communication Specialist certificate prepares you for community relations, advocacy, and social justice work in the public sector. You’ll be well prepared for jobs in local, state, and federal government agencies, nonprofit organizations, philanthropic organizations, higher education, or healthcare institutions.
Students interested in public service have unique opportunities to apply for graduate assistantships with the Monmouth University Polling Institute, Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, and the Alternatives to Violence Project of New Jersey, which leads weekend intensive conflict-management workshops in prisons and community settings. Your courses will explore:
- How to create persuasive, effective, and ethical messages to reach diverse audiences in the nonprofit and public sectors
- Analytical tools for determining how influencers such as political candidates and media corporations serve or do not serve the public interest
- Communication leadership at times of organizational conflict, crisis, and need
- Communication of policy decisions in the public sphere
This certificate provides the flexibility to choose courses that support unique field work and research opportunities. Some of your courses may include:
- Intercultural Communication and Diversity Management
- Conflict Management and Negotiation
- Persuasion, Social Influence
- Political Communication
- Crisis and Issue Management
- Strategic Digital Communication
- Communication, Culture, and Community
- Global Communication
- Mass Media: Public Interest, Corporate Profit
- Organizational Training and Consultation
- Public Opinion and Polling
- Theory, Policy, Ethics
If you’re ready to make a difference in the worlds of nonprofit management, politics, healthcare, or related fields, this graduate communications program certificate is a great place to start. You’ll emerge with both the instruction and the hands-on experience necessary to advance your career in this competitive arena.
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Brielle Easton MA’14
Administrative Analyst for the NJ Department of Corrections, Office of Policy and Planning
Having a master’s degree was vital for advancing my career within the public sector, and the graduate program at Monmouth had the flexibility and recognition I was looking for. Working in government requires excellent leadership, communication and research skills. The MA in Communication program has the fluidity to cover all facets of government and focuses on sharpening transferable skills to help you succeed.