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Woods College of Advancing Studies


Emphasizing strong written and oral communication skills and practical applications of theory, the certificate in communication program teaches students to communicate clearly, concisely, and convincingly in a wide range of contexts and across channels. Course work covers interpersonal communication, mass media theory, and organizational communication. Close attention is paid to the influence and impact of digital communication.

Courses: 5

Career Outlook: Communications professional, Public Relations, Advertising


Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:

ADCO 1005 Introduction to Communication
ADCO 5002 Public Relations 
ADCO 2235 Principles of Advertising



Complete two of the following courses:

ADCO 1020 Survey of Mass Communication 
ADCO 1030 Public Speaking
ADCO 1208 Entertainment Media
ADCO 3300 Advanced Advertising
ADBM 5001 Negotiation/Conflict Resolution
COMM 2232 Topics in Intercultural Communication
COMM 2278 Social Media
ADMK 1168 International Marketing
ADBM 1430 Corporate Communications 
ADSY 1144 Computer-Mediated Presentations 
ADJO 2290 Investigative Journalism 
ADEN 1203 Social Networking in the Digital Age 

How to Apply

Below are the official admissions requirements for this program:

  • Online application*
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following:
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official college/university transcript
  • Personal Statement (500 - 750 words)
  • Resume (optional)
  • Application fee ($45 check or money order payable to Boston College - Please do not send cash)


Application Deadlines

Applications for Professional Studies Certificates are accepted on a rolling basis. 


*Current Woods College degree students interested in adding a certificate to their plan of study should not use the online application. Declare your certificate here.





The estimated total tuition for this program is $8,780.

Tuition for Woods College programs is assessed by course. Please see Boston College Tuitions and Fees for more details.


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