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  • 3 months
Develop strategic communication skills for our increasingly global world with the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Global Communication at Royal Roads University. Designed for communications professionals working within the fields of advocacy, diplomacy, development, and social change, this nine-credit certificate will equip you to make positive changes in your community or organization. 


The nine-credit Graduate Certificate in Strategic Global Communication at Royal Roads University is comprised of the first three courses of the MA in Intercultural and International Communication residency. The program responds to the call for strategic, intercultural and international, communication skills by non-government organizations (NGOs), public, private, and not for profit organizations.

This program will augment the credentials, skills, and knowledge of global communication professionals. Students will take a systems approach to leading community or organizational development, taking into consideration cultural, governance, and communication principles through the lens of globalization, multi and interculturalism.

Students will have the option of continuing to complete their degree by laddering into the MA in Intercultural and International Communication (on campus and blended) program or the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program. Students interested in moving on to the MA in Professional Communication will be able to count PCOM 635 as advanced standing credit toward the degree. 

Who’s it for

This certificate has been designed for people who specialize in organizational development and communication with a global focus. This field is diverse and continues to grow as the workforce becomes more complex, international, and multi cultural.

  • Develop skills in organizational communication in areas such as; crisis management, corporate image, identity and reputation, organizational culture and culture change, leadership theories, social relationships and networks, communication audits, power and control in organizational life, conflict in organizations, ethics and values, and corporate social responsibility.
  • Learn to analyse organizational structures and management styles with a focus on culture.
  • Gain tools for professional and personal development in a diverse society and workplace.
  • Develop a rationale and framework for research projects
  • Discover how interdisciplinary research can be combined with cultural studies with communication, sociology, psychology, business, mass media, and developmental studies among other traditions.
  • Gain an insight into the historical and contemporary nature of issues and theories that have influenced the field of development communication and explore the complex relationships between communication and socioeconomic development, and the role that communication plays in promoting (or impeding) social change and development.
Delivery Model

Royal Roads University offers the unique advantage of brief on-site residencies combined with distance learning. This allows working professionals to benefit from the synergy of on-campus learning and direct interaction with leading faculty members, while meeting the demands of career and lifestyle.

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Global Communication program takes 11 weeks to complete, including online studies and an on-campus residency. This flexible model enables students to benefit from an on-campus learning experience while maintaining personal and professional responsibilities.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Intercultural Theory and Practice
  • Organizational Communication and Culture
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity
  • Communication for Development and Social Change

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field, with a minimum cumulative GPA of B (3.00/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Normally, at least one year of work or volunteer experience, preferably in a leadership capacity. This experience should have immersed the applicant in a multicultural, intercultural, or international setting and fostered a basic understanding of intercultural communication.

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8023 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8023 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
  • National

    6410 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6410 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
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Living costs for Victoria

  • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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