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Strategic Communication Management


Today's world of communication is continuously expanding, and professionals from virtually every industry need the critical skills and knowledge base to manage a broad range of communication strategies within their organizations.

Whether you're currently in a leadership position or you're ready to advance your career, the fully online program Strategic Communication Management Specialized Studies will prepare you for success by increasing your knowledge of a variety of modern communication tools and channels and how to use them effectively.

Who Should Attend

  • Mid- to upper-level managers who currently (or aspire to) lead their companies
  • Young professionals who wish to advance to a management role

Career Insight

Occupational summary for managers. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

Annual Job Openings
Projected Growth
Median Salary
(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $183k)

Program Benefits

  • Develop and articulate organization-wide communications strategies
  • Learn to be a change agent
  • Effectively execute communications strategies
  • Enhance critical thinking about all aspects of communication
  • Examine role of stakeholders, storytelling, research, and digital strategy in communication

Course Schedule

Required Courses

MGMT X456.71
Leading Successful Organizational Change (1.50 Units)
MGMT X456.71
  to be scheduled   Online
MGMT X446.4
Modern Business Writing (2.50 Units)
MGMT X446.4
  to be scheduled   Online
Communication in a Diverse and Changing Workplace (2.00 Units)
to be scheduled   Online  
MGMT X457.12
Presentation Skills (1.50 Units)
MGMT X457.12
  to be scheduled Hybrid OnlineRemote
MGMT X481.75
Presenting Powerful Business Analytics (1.50 Units)
MGMT X481.75
to be scheduled   Online  

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Registration Begins (after 2pm) Apr 24 Jul 16 Oct 22 Jan 21
Courses Begin* (week of) Jun 22 Sep 21 Jan 4 Mar 29
Courses End* (week of) Sep 7 Dec 14 Mar 15 Jun 7
Parking Permits Expire Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30
Administrative Holidays Jul 3, Sep 7 Nov 11, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-25, Dec 31 Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 15 Mar 26, May 31

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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Specialized Studies Eligibility and Requirements

A specialized studies certificate is awarded upon successful completion of 5 required courses totaling 9 units. Students must earn a letter grade of “C” or better in each course in order to be eligible for the specialized studies. To receive your digital certificate, submit a Request for Certificate with a non-refundable $35 application fee after completing all program requirements. Students not pursuing a specialized studies award are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Advisory Committee

  • Najla DeBow, System Manager of Talent Acquisition, St. Joseph Health System
  • Lorna Larson, Sr. Director, Human Resources, Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Katherine Sauls, Director of Human Resources, Events and Travel, In-N-Out Burger

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
  • Each course costs $620. There is also a Request for Specialized Studies fee of $35 to be paid upon completion of all required courses. Therefore the entire program costs $3,135. Note that you pay for each class as you enroll, as opposed to the entire tuition sum at once. Please keep in mind that this cost does not include textbooks, which some of our instructors do require. Textbook information for specific courses can be found on our website on the enrollment page. Students may purchase textbooks from the vendor of their choice. Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • How long will it take me to complete the entire program?
  • That depends on how many classes you can take at once. Given that the courses are short in length, you may take multiple courses a quarter with little to no overlap. By taking 2-3 courses a quarter, you can complete the program in just 2 quarters/6 months.
  • Do I have to apply and be accepted before I start?
  • No. This is an open-enrollment program, and you will not have to provide transcripts or prove prerequisites before you begin.
  • Where can I find the course schedule? Do I have to take the classes in order?
  • The course schedule can be found here. You can take the classes in any order that you like. Please click on the green “Online” buttons for course information and to enroll. The “to be scheduled” indicates when we plan to offer the course in future quarters.
  • Can I complete the entire program online?
  • Yes, this is a fully online specialized studies program.
  • I've never taken an online class. How does it work? Is it self-paced?
  • No, the classes are not self-paced. Our online classes take place in an asynchronous online environment, meaning there will not be a day of the week or time of day that you will need to be online. You can log in when you have time to do so. However, the courses are structured week-to-week, from Monday to Sunday, and you are expected to log in multiple times during the week to keep up with class discussions and assignments.
  • I am an international student / I am located overseas – am I able to enroll?
  • Yes. As an open-enrollment program, international students are welcome in the program. Please note that if English is not your native language, enrollment in this program assumes that you have a working proficiency in English to allow you to engage in high-level academic discourse without any additional language coaching. Since the program is fully online, you may enroll in courses via the Continuing Education website at your convenience and on a quarter by quarter basis. You are not required to have a student visa while taking online courses from your home county. We cannot issue an I-20 for fully online programs. For information on international programs, please visit our International Programs website.
  • Do you offer job placement at the end of the program?
  • No. While UCI DCE does not offer placement services, our certificate certainly puts you in a good position to find employment. Additionally, the networking to be done in the class can also be invaluable.
  • Is UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education an accredited institution?
  • Yes. We are affiliated with the University of California system of schools, and are accredited through WASC. DCE programs are all approved by the respective school within UCI (ie – Human Resources Management classes are approved through UCI's Paul Merage School of Business). For more information, please visit UCI Accreditation.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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