Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHY SHOULD I ENROLL IN THIS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM? WHAT IS THE VALUE?
A: SMC Plus is tailored for the ambitious professional. This online certificate program allows you to sign up for classes that are scheduled around your needs. The skills and experience that you will gain from your time with SMC Plus are as valuable as the connections you will make with your professors and classmates.
Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CERTIFICATE PROGRAM? WILL IT HELP ADVANCE MY CAREER?
A: SMC Plus provides you with the quality of Temple University’s reputation and courses on your schedule. Upon completion of our program, you will have greatly enhanced your leadership, managerial and organizational skills. The small class size allows you to draw from your workplace experiences and from the experience of your classmates, and then apply them to the course material. You will have a valuable certificate and deep knowledge to add to your resume. This will help you gain the experience and confidence to pursue the career you have been dreaming of.
Q: IF I START BY ENROLLING IN THE STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS, CAN I THEN APPLY THE CREDIT HOURS TO A MASTER’S DEGREE?
A: By enrolling in the Certificate of Strategic Communication and Cross Cultural Leadership, you will be considered a for-credit, non-matriculated student. Depending on your final grade in the classes, credit may be applied to the master’s degree program. However, acceptance to the master’s degree program is not guaranteed. Click here for more information regarding the master’s programs.
Q: WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF EACH COURSE?
A: Classes will be held online through a combination of weekly online meetings, assignments and lectures. Each week, classmates will meet together with their professor for an hour in a live video chat setting. Other assignments and lectures will be posted online and may be completed whenever you see fit during the assigned week.
Q: WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING TO THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS?
A: This program is designed for college graduates. Students who want to enroll in one of the certificate programs are required to complete a short application. No GRE is required, but we will ask you for an unofficial transcript. To participate in the course, students will need a computer with high speed Internet access and a video camera (which is built into most recent computers).
Q: CAN I START THE PROGRAM EITHER IN THE FALL, SPRING OR SUMMER SEMESTER?
A: Yes, it is possible to begin taking classes in any semester.
Q: WHERE AND WHEN ARE THE COURSES OFFERED?
A: All courses will be held online. Each course lasts 7 weeks with a required weekly video meeting with the whole class. If you plan to enroll in all four courses, it will take less than one year to complete the certificate.
Q: DO MOST STUDENTS WORK WHILE THEY ARE ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM?
A: Yes, the majority of students in the certificate programs work full time while they are enrolled. Most classes draw from the professional experience of the students in applying course content and developing applicable strategies to help you succeed in the workplace.
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?
A: Each course will take 7 weeks to complete, and there are four courses that comprise the certificate. If you take four courses to earn the certificate, you can accomplish this goal in less than one year.
Q: SHOULD I ENROLL IN THE ENTIRE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM, OR SHOULD I ENROLL IN AN INDIVIDUAL COURSE?
A: It depends on what you want to get out of the program and what works best for you. While the knowledge gained from an individual course will be beneficial, the skills you gain from the entire certificate program will provide a well-rounded introduction to communications and leadership.
Q: HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I EXPECT TO COMMIT WEEKLY?
A: You should expect to devote approximately 10 hours of work per week including class time, homework and group projects. There will be one hour per week of online lectures. These will meet asynchronously, which means you can log on whenever it is convenient for you. There will also be weekly one-hour sessions that will be held at a specific time, which your instructor will inform you of in advance. This time period is valuable for group work and for a chance to get to know your classmates.
Q: WHAT BACKGROUNDS DO MOST STUDENTS HAVE AS THEY ENTER THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?
A: SMC Plus students have diverse educational and professional backgrounds with undergraduate degrees in various fields.
Q: WHY SHOULD I ENROLL IN THIS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM INSTEAD OF GOING TO GRAD SCHOOL?
A: The certificate program allows you to continue your education on a schedule that is tailored to fit yours. Although the program is much less of a time commitment than graduate school, all courses are taught at a master’s level. You may decide to apply to the School of Media and Communications M.S. program at any point.
Q: WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS?
A: Our instructors were carefully selected based on their academic and professional experience as highly regarded industry experts. Feel free to learn more about them on our Faculty page.
Q: DO THE PROFESSORS OFFER OFFICE HOURS TO MEET WITH STUDENTS IN PERSON?
A: Meetings with the instructors can be privately scheduled through email.
Q: WILL I HAVE TO PHYSICALLY COME TO TEMPLE’S CAMPUS?
A: No, all classes may be completed entirely from wherever you want to work.
Q: WILL I GET A STUDENT ID CARD AND LIBRARY PRIVILEGES AND A TEMPLE EMAIL ADDRESS?
A: Yes, if you register for the certificate in Strategic Communication you will be considered a non-matriculated, for-credit student. You will get online access to Temple’s library and Blackboard system. If you come to campus, you will be eligible to get an ID card and use the library in person if you wish. In-person library access is not required for any certificate students.
Q: WHAT ARE THE RATES FOR THE STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION CERTIFICATE?
A: The rate for each 3-credit course is the same as Temple’s graduate school tuition, although there is no application fee. For more detailed information, please see our Schedule page.
Q: WHAT WILL I NEED TO BE PREPARED?
A: All you need is a personal computer with video capabilities, a strong internet connection, a camera and microphone (headset optional) to participate in the weekly lectures.
Q: HOW LONG WILL ONE COURSE TAKE TO COMPLETE?
A: Each course will meet for 7 weeks.
Q: WILL THE CERTIFICATE COME AS A HARD COPY?
A: Yes, we will mail a certificate to you upon completion of the four courses.
Q: HOW WILL ASSIGNMENTS BE SUBMITTED?
A: All grades will be assigned, submitted and graded online.
Q: WHAT IS AN UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT?
A: A listing of prior universities you have attended, degree title, year of graduation, and graduating GPA. This does not need to be ordered or issued from previous school.
Q: IS THIS A MOOC (MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSE) AND IF NOT, HOW IS IT DIFFERENT?
A: No, this is not a massive open online course. Class size will be between 20 to 25 students, giving you the opportunity to build valuable connections with your professors and classmates. The weekly meetings will allow you to get to know each other and form relationships.