Professional Studies Certificate

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.

Quick Facts




Total Tuition

(Fall & Spring Semester Courses Only)

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 


Application Information


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Please mail application materials to:
Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Online Application

Start Your Application

*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.

Academic Transcripts

Submit one of the following:

  • Official high school degree
  • Official GED
  • Official college/university transcript

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 500-750 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Application Fee

Application fee: $45

  • Check or money order payable to Boston College.
  • Please do not send cash.




Contact Claudia Pouravelis at with questions.