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Digital Media Skills Online Certificate Requirements

Digital Media (Graduate Certificate)

Offered by the School of Communication, the certificate is designed for professionals with undergraduate degrees who need to produce digital media. The program enables students to retool with a focus on how to use social networking tools in the digital media landscape.

Admission to the Program

Students must have a degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. The GPA requirement may be waived for applicants with more than five years of full-time professional experience. An undergraduate degree in communication is not required. Admitted students must pass an online orientation exam before beginning the certificate program.

Applicants whose native or first language is not English must demonstrate proof of language proficiency by submitting satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless they have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution. A minimum TOEFL score of at least 600 on the paper-based version (PBT) or 100 on the internet-based test (iBT) version is required. A minimum IELTS test score of 7.0 is also accepted.

American University does not provide immigration documents for entry to the United States for international students in this program.

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved coursework with grades of B or better. Grades of B- or lower in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. All coursework is conducted via distance learning. Students are invited to attend an optional on-campus session at the end of the program to show their work and receive professional critiques.

Course Requirements