Admission Requirements

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Admissions Requirements

The Certificate in Technology and 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
  • Transcript(s) from all institutions attended
  • Certificate supplement, which includes a statement of purpose (400-500 words)

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

Per admissions requirements, please provide:

  • Transcript(s) in the Transcript Uploads section.
  • Resume in the Work and Volunteer Experience Upload section.
  • Your statement of purpose, which can be submitted within the Certificate in Technology and Communication supplement document, in the Supplemental Documents Upload section. The supplement is located in the Downloadable Forms section.

Before you submit your application, we recommend that you take a few minutes and review each section carefully to verify that the information you entered is correctly displayed.


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