Communication Training and Consulting (Certificate)

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 There is no application fee.

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. Kimberly Selber

Phone: (956) 665-3583

Office: Edinburg Campus, ELABS 146



Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.


  • This program admits applicants during Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
  • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.

Tuition Estimate

Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
Texas Resident $1,481.39 $3,894.17 $4,444.17
Non-Resident/International $2,708.39 $7,575.17 $8,125.17

*We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

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.

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