Communication Training and Consulting (Certificate)

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The Certificate in Communication Training and Consulting is comprised of 9 graduate hours designed to provide you the essential content and methods to help you acquire and improve your skills and competencies in communication, training, human resource development, and organizational development.

  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Personal  statement  (500  words)  detailing  professional  goals  and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
    • Three  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.

    Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.


    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Aje-Ori Agbese

    Phone: (956)665-2543

    Office: Edinburg Campus, ELABS 147

  • Deadlines

    Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
    Application Deadline: April 15 October 1 N/A N/A

    Note: Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.

  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 6
    COMM 6324: Seminar in Organizational Communication 3
    COMM 6330: Seminar in Consulting and Training 3
    Elective 3
    Chosen from the following:
    COMM 6321: Seminar in Instructional Communication 3
    COMM 6323: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication 3
    COMM 6326: Seminar in Nonverbal Communication 3
    COMM 6329: Special Topics in Communication: Communication Assessment 3
    COMM 6334: Seminar in Conflict Management 3
    Total graduate hours for certificate: 9

    Course Descriptions

    COMM 6321: Seminar in Instructional Communication               [3‐0]

    This course will examine interactions in educational contexts such as student/teacher interactions, student/student interactions and teacher/teacher interactions using instructional communication models and communication theories.

    COMM 6323: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication              [3‐0]

    Current theories and research in interpersonal communication. Emphasis on symbolic interaction approaches to interpersonal communication and performance‐centered theories of interpersonal communication.


    COMM 6324: Seminar in OrganizationalCommunication              [3‐0]

    Theories and models of communication in organizations, design and management of organizational communication systems.

    COMM 6326: Seminar in Nonverbal Communication              [3‐0]

    Review and analysis of theory and research in nonverbal communication, including relationship of nonverbal communication to oral communication. Emphasis on intercultural and international nonverbal communication.

    COMM 6329: Special Topics in Communication              [3‐0]

    Course will focus on current communication theory and research in specialized areas of the discipline. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

    COMM 6330: Seminar in Consulting and Training              [3‐0]

    This course explores communication training and development as a research and teaching focus for students interested in applied communication. Specifically, the course provides students with opportunities to identify and assess communication competence, to acquire the skills needed for developing training programs, and to gain an understanding of the theoretical and applied elements of adult education.

    COMM 6334: Seminar in Conflict Management              [3‐0]

    The objectives of this course are to provide the student with a theoretical understanding of the communication processes involved in conflict management, to enhance students’ critical analysis of a variety of conflict situations, and to develop techniques and strategies for managing those conflicts more appropriately and effectively.