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Advocacy and Public Engagement

Graduate Certificate

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Program Overview

Prepare for a new role — or advance in your current career — with the skills you’ll gain in grant writing, community advocacy, and digital communication.

You are passionate about helping diverse communities through storytelling and community engagement. You view the world through an inclusive, margins-to-center perspective. You embrace activism, mobilization and social change.

Agnes Scott College believes in the power of change too, starting with our curriculum. Our fully online graduate certificate in Advocacy and Public Engagement will transform your passion for advocacy into action. You will learn to effect change through communication strategy, systems thinking, and powerful storytelling.

This graduate certificate fosters forward-thinking that will positively change both your local and global community.  Pursue our innovative Advocacy and Public Engagement Certificate part-time based on your schedule or complete your certification full-time in 9-12 months. To further enhance your education, you can add this as a stackable certificate to earn your M.S. in Strategic Communication degree.

Our advisors will help you schedule, finance, and reach your academic goals. Be the change you want in the world. Pursue a graduate certificate in advocacy and public engagement.

Data visualization graduate program professor teaching a class.

What You'll Learn

You’re serious about social change and want to improve the world. Our graduate certificate will help you reach and inspire people to tackle real-life challenges. You will learn to craft persuasive language that cuts through the noise. And you’ll graduate with a valuable certification that aligns with your ethical world outlook.

Program Highlights

Influence Public Communication and Policy

Successful community advocacy involves correctly identifying issues and effectively communicating solutions. As you pursue your graduate certificate, you will learn to:

  • Recognize and explain challenges faced by communities and nations.
  • Evaluate local, national, and/or global issues from a communication perspective.
  • Empower people to promote human rights, human dignity and human freedom.

Gain Knowledge Necessary for Change

Employers everywhere seek candidates with valuable education and up-to-date training. You want to stand apart from the crowd. You also want to learn skills that help effect change in society. Our graduate certification is the perfect fit for both those goals. 

The Advocacy and Public Engagement certificate will teach you to identify the diverse needs of individuals and groups. You will study strategic storytelling. And you will learn to communicate with ethical intention.

When Crystal Perry returned to Agnes Scott two decades after receiving her undergraduate degree here, she sought to boost her writing skills. But she gained so much more. 

“Education has been the key to opening doors in my personal path. When I started my (M.A.), I learned how to make digital communication a tool for social justice and change.” -Crystal Perry ’00, M.A. ’20

Find Support Every Step of Your Journey

At Agnes Scott College, we’re committed to supporting the next generation of change makers … people like you. You will appreciate our engaged faculty, career coaches and graduate advisors. You’ll also benefit from small class sizes, grant offerings and low semester fees. 

We realize students live busy lives and many are working full-time and/or raising a family. That’s why we offer flexible online classes that meet the needs of many learners.

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Meet the Faculty

Carlee Bishop

Carlee A. Bishop

Professor of Physics

Professor Mina Ivanova

Mina Ivanova

Faculty Director and Assistant Professor of Communication

Nell Ruby

Kathy '68 and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Art/Chair

Careers in Advocacy and Public Engagement

You will have a wide array of career options when you earn your Graduate Certificate from Agnes Scott College. You will gain deep insight into digital communication, persuasive writing and social justice.

The job growth for community advocacy is projected to be 13% from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is due to an increased demand for advocacy services as the population grows and becomes more diverse, the rise of social media, as well as an aging population who need help navigating the healthcare system, Social Security, and other government programs.

  • Community Organizer
  • Grant Writer
  • Non-Profit Manager
  • Public Policy Advocate
  • Volunteer Coordinator
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