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Do you have an innate love for education and research, and sharing that with others? Are you ready to learn more about how to communicate your research and engage with the public more effectively?
One of the few public engagement programs offered across the country, this unique online graduate certificate will help you broaden your impact by sharing your research with the public in innovative ways. Open to students from all academic disciplines, the program will increase your ability to communicate your research and disciplinary area to different audiences. With the knowledge and hands-on experience you gain in this online program, you can enhance your CV and stand out from others seeking jobs in public engagement.
Official nameGraduate certificate in public engagement
Program typeGraduate certificate
Academic homeGraduate School
Delivery mode100% online
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
Future fields could range from traditional academia through alternative academic careers, namely informal science learning, journalism, marketing and other education and research-related positions.
Potential careers include:
- Assistant professor
- Informal science educator
- Science policy advocate
- Science journalist
- Community engagement professional
- Broader impacts professional
The online graduate certificate in public engagement is 100% online: no campus visits required.
Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one to two classes per semester and finish the program in one year.
Course work includes
- Essentials of public engagement
- Public engagement internship
- Area of concentration elective
Typical program length1 year
Typical course load1 or 2 classes each semester
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
Dr. Susan Renoe is assistant vice chancellor for research, extension and engagement at the University of Missouri; assistant professor of strategic communication in the School of Journalism and executive director of the NSF-funded Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society. She received her MA and PhD in education from the University of California-Santa Barbara, and BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Vassmer is the director of The Connector. She earned her doctorate in education from the University of Missouri, with a background in prevention-based research in alcohol and substance use issues. Dr. Vassmer has over a decade of experience in research development and research impact, community outreach, and professional and program development.