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Media, Film & Journalism Studies

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Graduate Programs

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Public Diplomacy

The Public Diplomacy Graduate Certificate is an interdisciplinary, 24-credit certificate, which examines the history, theory, methods and uses of strategic communication for the purposes of informing, influencing, and establishing dialogue with international publics and stakeholders. Recognizing the central role of mediated communication in international relations today, the certificate is designed to help students acquire a sophisticated understanding of global media and communication processes and the ways in which they are employed by individuals, groups, organizations, and governments to advance their strategic interests. The certificate combines expertise from the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies , providing students with a truly interdisciplinary experience and preparing them to address contemporary international challenges in ways that make an impact. Graduates of the Public Diplomacy Certificate will be equipped with conceptual and practical skills that prepare them for careers in the fields of cultural diplomacy, nation branding, public affairs and information, foreign aid, global health and development communication, international strategic communication, and international education. Students who complete the certificate's requirements will receive this credential in addition to their master's degree and it will appear on their University transcript.

Please note that this is not a stand-alone certificate. Students must be enrolled in one of the MA programs in the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies, or in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in order to apply for this certificate.


Students will take a total of 6 classes (24 credits) across three categories as follows:

  • Foundational Courses – total of 2 required for 8 credits:
    • MFJS 4065 Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding 
      and one of the following:
    • MFJS 4160 Media Theories or
    • MFJS 4650 Global Media and Communication or
    • MFJS 4080: Global and Multicultural Campaigns.
  • Applied Course – total of 1 required for 4 credits:
    • MFJS 4050: Foundations of Strategic Communication or
    • MFJS 4060: Strategic Messaging (pre-requisite MFJS 4050 or MFJS 4080) or
    • MFJS 4165: Global Health and Development Communication or
    • MFJS 4912: Topics in Media and Communication (approval from Certificate Director(s) required).
  • Context Specialization Courses – 3 required, of which at least 2 must be from the Korbel School, and the third may be from either unit within the guidelines below.
    • When choosing Context Specialization courses, students should select courses that directly focus on the society, politics, economics, or culture of particular countries or regions or challenges within a specific thematic area. Context Specialization courses must be arranged into a logical three-course set (by region and/or topic) that matches student interests and is approved by Certificate Director(s). Only full-credit, graduate level courses in INTS and MFJS approved by the Certificate Director (in advance) and that are not being used to meet another Certificate requirement are eligible for this category. No MFJS course can be used to meet more than one certificate requirement.

The certificate is open to students in good standing enrolled in one of the master's programs offered by the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies or the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and can be integrated into the degree program. This certificate program does not require additional credits. Applications must be submitted by February 1st in the student's first academic year. Application requirements are available here. For more information or to start the application process, contact Dr. Nadia Kaneva of MFJS ( or Dr. Lewis Griffith of Korbel ( 

Use the Certificate in Public Diplomacy coursework plan to track your progress in the program.