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Professional Workplace Communication Certificate

The 4-course graduate credential for busy professionals:

The Opportunity

The KU Professional Workplace Communication Certificate takes you beyond the numbers to understand what really makes organizations tick – the everyday communication practices we too often take for granted.

What exactly is workplace communication?

Beyond emails, meetings and those informal hallway discussions, workplace communication is the hidden element within every organization that brings people and ideas together. It's the dimension of any workplace that explores the human side of organizations – and helps facilitate your career success.

How Will The KU Professional Workplace Communication Certificate Help My Career?

You’ll learn how to craft messages, share information and build relationships in ways that create greater understanding--both internally and externally. Skills taught apply to communicating with internal peers, teams, managers, and leaders – as well as external stakeholders such as customers, vendors, partners, regulators, and media. 

These workplace communication competencies are at the core of effective decision-making, team-building, problem-solving, and crisis-resolution practices. You'll learn how and when to ask the bigger-picture questions that improve communication within your organization – and help advance your career.

What are the Benefits of the Certificate Over a Master’s Degree?

The four-course, 12 credit hour KU certificate takes less time and money to complete than a traditional master’s degree. It provides you with a valuable credential when you're seeking a promotion or planning a job change.

Available only on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, this certificate program is one-of-a-kind in the region. Completing it gives you a valuable advantage as you continue building your career:

  • It's equally relevant across organization types and career paths including business, non-profit, health care, public administration and education.
  • It will connect you with like-minded professionals from many of Kansas City’s top employers
  • It signifies your commitment to pursuing high-quality graduate education. Upon completion, you'll hold a respected graduate credential from the University of Kansas.

Additionally, all four courses roll into the KU Master's in Communication Studies if you decide to pursue the full KU Master’s degree in Communication Studies at the Edwards campus in Overland Park.

A Valuable Add-On to Other KU Edwards Degree Programs

The certificate is also a valuable add-on to other degree programs offered at the KU Edwards campus. Employers see advanced communication skills as a differentiator when seeking top technical talent in fields like engineering and information technology, so signaling your communication expertise with this resume credential can differentiate you when seeking promotion or a new job.

The KU Certificate in Professional Workplace Communication teaches communication principles that will differentiate you throughout your career, helping you to achieve results and get noticed. The KU Professional Workplace Communication certificate provides a framework for building the trusted personal networks needed to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving professional world.

Ready to get started?

For all of the reasons listed above, the KU Professional Workplace Communication Certificate is a popular choice for working professionals with demanding schedules. 

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Cost per credit hour
Resident or MetroKC Nonresident
$521.40 $1,063.65

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Dan Mueller
Transfer Program Coordinator/Advisor

Different state? Same rate.