Strategic Communication

Washington State University’s Online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication is designed for individuals who want to advance their professional credentials in advertising, public relations, and digital communications. The coursework comprises 12 hours that address advanced media tools, best practices in market research techniques, integrated communication strategy and the design, implementation, and measurement of promotional campaigns across paid, earned, shared, and owned channels.

Courses are rooted in the foundation of research methods in partnership with courses teaching students the best practices and industry standards in contemporary communication strategies and tactics. Students take four courses – two from the professional COM Core in multimedia content creation, crisis communications, professional ethics, or research methods, and another two specifically in strategic communication including creative media strategies and techniques and professional digital content promotion.

This certificate is ideal for:

  • PR professionals
  • Advertising professionals
  • Journalists
  • Multimedia content creators
  • Public information officers
  • Social media coordinators
  • Communication coordinators
  • Campaign coordinators

Program of Study—12 semester credits

All courses are available online

  • The certificate requires four 3-credit courses (12 credits total)
  • All courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • It is recommended students take no more than two classes per semester
  • Students can complete the graduate certificate within one academic year


12 semester credits

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the duration of the certificate.

Professional Core Courses

Students will select two COM courses:

  • COM 561 – Professional Multimedia Content Creation
  • COM 562 – Crisis Communication in Global Contexts
  • COM 563 – Ethics for Professionals
  • COM 564 – Research Methods for Professionals

Strategic Communication Core Courses

  • COMSTRAT 562 – Creative Media Strategies and Techniques
  • COMSTRAT 563 – Professional Digital Content Promotion

Once all courses are completed, students may apply for formal admission to the Graduate School and pursue an advanced degree. Certificate students who decide to pursue a graduate degree from Washington State University should contact the Graduate School at 509-335-1446 or

Visit Online Strategic Communication Certificate page for details on how to apply.

If you have questions about the program, please contact the recruitment coordinator for the Murrow College at or sign up for a one-on-one video or phone appointment.