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  • Public Service Communication Specialist
    (18 credits)


    Monmouth's Public Service Communication Specialist certificate prepares students for successful jobs in the public sector, including frontline positions in government, nonprofit organizations, as well as higher education and healthcare institutions.

    Public service communication courses explore:

    • The construction of persuasive, effective, and ethical messages intended to reach diverse publics in the nonprofit and public sectors
    • Analytical tools for considering how key actors such as political candidates and media corporations do and do not serve the public interest
    • Communication leadership at times of organizational conflict, crisis, and need
    • Communication of policy decisions in the public sphere

    The certificate program provides flexibility to explore a topic of interest in more depth and research it through critical literature review, empirical study, and field experience.

    Students choose four courses from among the following:

    • Intercultural Communication and Diversity Management
    • Conflict Management and Negotiation
    • Persuasion, Social Influence
    • Political Communication
    • Crisis and Issue Management
    • Strategic Digital Communication
    • Global Communication
    • Mass Media: Public Interest, Corporate Profit
    • Organizational Training and Consulting
    • Public Opinion and Polling
    • Theory, Policy, Ethics

    Gainful Employment

    The U.S. Department of Education requires that we disclose certain information about academic programs that do not lead to a degree (e.g., certificate programs) but that prepare a student for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The Graduate Certificate in Public Service Communication Specialist program at Monmouth University is defined as a gainful employment program. Click here to review the required disclosures. Should you require additional information about these gainful employment disclosures, please contact the Financial Aid Office.