School of Communication

Journalism Certificate

What is a Certificate? Certificate programs offer a series of courses within a given area of study and permit individuals to develop a well-defined knowledge and skills base generally not available in either a major or minor program of study. Certificate programs do not lead to a degree program. They may be completed by either degree or non-degree seeking students. A student does not have to be a major in the School of Communication to complete a Journalism or Multimedia Advertising certificate.

Journalism: The Certificate Program in Journalism provides college undergraduates and professionals with an educational program that exposes students to an array of skills characterizing modern media: writing in various journalistic forms and styles; reporting principles and strategies; ethics; and expertise appropriate to various media: basic photography, computer design and layout, the Internet; and editing. The program introduces students to contemporary practices and theories while integrating traditional skills with emerging technologies such as computer graphics and design, and the Internet.

Official Course Requirements (as listed in the Course Catalog)

Deciding what classes to register for? Preparing for graduation? Download one of our easy-to-use Journalism checklist and application to make sure you are on the right track!

For Advising in this program, contact any of the faculty in your area of interest or call 216.687.4630 to be connected with an available advisor.

How to Apply for the Certificate

When you have completed all of the requirements for the certificate, pick up or download the application. Fill out the application and submit it to MU 233. All classes must be finished and grades must be posted for the required classes before you submit the application. This is a completely separate application from the graduation application for an undergraduate degree.

Career information can be found here.

Still not sure this is the program for you?

Check out our other School of Communication majors and certificates here.


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Mailing Address
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MU 233
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
1st & 2nd Floors
Music & Communication Building
2001 Euclid Ave.
Phone: 216.687.4630
Fax: 216.687.5435
Web Contact
Rick Pitchford
Phone: 216.687.5077

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