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Certificate in Graduate Studies (CGS) in Communication

A designated CGS consists of courses selected by the graduate faculty and is the same for all students. For example, in Communication you could get a designated CGS in Persuasion, Promotion, and Public Relations.
A designed CGS consists of courses selected by you in consultation with your advisor, and agreed to by the Program Director. This option is intended to reflect your academic background and meet your needs/interests while maintaining academic integrity of the Certificate.
A CGS usually consists of four or five graduate-level courses, depending in part on whether the CGS is designated or designed. You'll take the same courses offered to M.A. students, just fewer of them overall. All courses successfully completed in pursuit of a CGS in Communication can be applied toward the MACom.
Under either option, admission requirements and processes for the CGS are the same as those required of master’s degree students. Tuition and fees for CGS students are the same as tuition and fees for M.A. students. CGS and M.A. students are subject to the same academic guidelines (except for transfer policies) and institutional regulations. CGS students enjoy the same institutional privileges as M.A. students (such as parking, access to library, facilities, etc.).
Any undergraduate who has completed at least 90 credit hours or equivalent and who has earned an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 is entitled to apply for and begin taking CGS courses. The CGS in Communication, including both designated and designed options, is open to candidates of any undergraduate major.

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Certificate in Graduate Studies (CGS) in Sustainability Practices

If you are pursuing a designed or designated CGS in Sustainability Practices, you follow the same basic pattern as the CGS in Communication (see the information above) in all respects except two:

(1) You must earn 15 graduate credits, consisting of four courses and a placement for credit, and (2) the courses you will take for a designated or designed CGS will be drawn from the list of Global Environmental Studies graduate courses.

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