Admission Requirements

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Admissions Requirements

The Certificate in Digital Communication is intended for communicators working in the field who want to update their skills and knowledge base for digital media. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree. Priority is given to those with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and three or more years of professional communications experience.

Prospective students may apply to begin classes in the fall or spring semester.

Application deadlines:

  • May 1 for fall admission
  • October 1 for spring admission

Required application materials must be submitted by the official deadline each admissions cycle:

  • Online application
  • Resume, detailing communications-related experience (submitted in Work and Volunteer Experience section of application)
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted with each institution in the Academics section)
  • Statement of purpose (400-500 words, submitted in Statement of Purpose section)

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required. International applicants must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Exceptions to the English Standardized exam are located on the UNC Graduate School’s website

Applicants will be notified in writing of the admission committee's decision.

Application Process

The online application is located at


If you have questions about admissions requirements or the application process, please email Questions about your particular fit for the program should be directed to the Certificate program’s academic director, Andy Bechtel, at