The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication at Appalachian

Learn to elevate the effectiveness of your communications with the online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication offered through Distance Education at Appalachian State University.

This certificate consists of five courses focused on the accomplishment of organizational goals, including coordination of communication plans and consistency in communication responses.

Strategic communication is a critical competency of numerous leadership positions across a wide range of industries. The enhanced communication skills you will learn in this program can be applied toward effective leadership in business, health care, communication and education sectors.

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Department of Communication

Certificate details

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

  • hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
  • Resume

Note: Test scores are not required for this program.

Dual enrollment

If you are taking a combination of community college and Appalachian State University courses in the same semester, you may be eligible to apply for financial aid through the Appalachian Learning Alliance Consortium Agreement. Please review the Appalachian Learning Alliance Consortium Application for complete information on eligibility criteria, step-by-step application instructions/process and applicable deadlines and the required application form.


Semester Start Application Deadline


Nov. 1


July 1