Social Media Online Graduate Certificate

The social media graduate certificate is a tremendous opportunity for working professionals to learn skills and gain insight to assist in their careers. The professional certificate includes four courses that can be completed in two semesters.

All students enrolled in the certificate program will gain an introduction to various social media platforms as well as new areas in mass communication technologies and techniques.


Students must complete the following two courses:

MMC5006 Introduction to Multimedia Communications: 3 credit hours

An introduction to the strategic use of multimedia communications tools. Students will examine the diverse channels available to communication professionals and demonstrate their effective use. Topics include social media/multimedia writing and management; use of media for integrated communication campaigns; integration of marketing, branding and public relations in multimedia communications; careers in multimedia communications; responsibilities of communications professionals; and the impact of media technologies.

MMC5636 Introduction to Social Media: 3 credit hours

A strategic look at social media platforms and their use in media and business environments. The course considers the evolution in social communication through contemporary state-of-the-art practice. Diverse social media platforms are analyzed for how they are best used as news sources, branding platforms, and engines of business growth. The course will also focus on content creation, how to increase ROI in social media, social analytics and viral campaigns.

Electives 6 credits

Students choose two of the following four courses:

MMC6728 Branding Using Social Media: 3 credit hours

Students will create an Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) plan, describe the role the social media marketing plan plays in the IMC, develop a social media plan with a focus on branding, and analyze the impact of social media on branding efforts. Using this understanding as a foundation, students will map the landscape of social media, create brand strategies for social media marketing, audit the competitive scope of social media activities for a brand, assess the effectiveness of social media engagement strategies, and use the most influential tools in social media engagement and branding.

ADV6325 Advertising and Social Media: 3 credit hours

Students will learn how to develop, write, and maintain a social advertising campaign for a variety of clients. Using case studies, students will gain insights into factors that prove crucial to successful social media campaigns. Students will learn about transparency and how to advise a client on the risks of advertising through social media channels.

MMC6400 Mass Communication Theory: 3 credits

Over the course of the semester, students will learn mass communication from its inception as a field of study, to major trends, followed by current applications of previous paradigms, and finally into the development of new currents of thought. While the main focus of this course is the integration of current mass communication theory with an individual and organizational online presence, we will also focus on how digital platforms can inform the future of theoretical research and vice versa. From a practical perspective, students will be able to apply these theories to their integrative approaches in creative digital communication and design.


Masters vs. Graduate Certificate

Many types of students apply for the social media graduate certificate. Some seek new skills to apply to their career, while others seek an introduction to graduate school. The graduate certificate program gives students the opportunity to decide if a full master’s degree is right for them. Students take classes and learn exciting new skills while also deciding if graduate school fits into their lives.

Frequently, students start the graduate certificate program and later choose to apply to the full master’s degree to gain more skills and embrace the opportunity to change their lives. The courses in the graduate certificate program apply to the master’s degree, creating a seamless transition into the full master’s program. Click here for a more detailed comparison of the master’s degree and the graduate certificate.

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Quick Facts

36 credit hours for master's degree
12 credit hours for graduate certificate
100% online via
recorded lectures & live online class meetings
Fall Semester starts in August
Spring Semester starts in January
Summer Semester starts in May

Courses follow the UF Academic Calendar

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1

Spring Semester
November 1

Summer Semester
April 1



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