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PCMS Certificate Requirements


This interdisciplinary certificate requires a total of 12 credit hours, with 6 hours taken in the Poole College of Management and 6 hours taken in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Required Courses

  • MIE 501 Strategic Management Foundations
  • BUS 554 Project Management

Select two of the following:

  • COM 521 Communication and Globalization
  • COM 527 Seminar in Organizational Conflict Management
  • COM 530 Interpersonal Communication in Science/Technology Organizations


Students must complete the required credit hours with an overall 3.0 GPA. Credit toward the certificate in a particular course will be awarded only if a grade of B- or better is given in the course. All classes in the program must be taken for a letter grade. No transfer credits will be accepted, and the certificate must be completed within four years.

A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate; however, each certificate must have at least 9 credit hours, which are unique to the program. This particular certificate requires 12 credit hours. All courses must be distance education sections to qualify for the certificate.


  • While enrolled in a degree program, graduate certificate courses may be double-counted with the degree courses to the extent that the courses unique to the degree remain 18 hours for each master’s or 36 hours for a doctorate.
  • Courses used in a previous undergraduate degree shall not be used in a certificate.
  • Certificate and graduate minor coursework shall not be shared. A student getting a minor using a set of coursework may not also get a certificate using that same coursework.
  • Up to 9 hours of coursework taken in a previous degree program may be used in a certificate, provided that there is no break between the degree and the certificate. Where there is a break of at least one term, only 6 hours taken while in the degree program may be used in the certificate.