Sports Communication Certificate

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Sports Communication Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Sports Communication will provide you the foundation and specialization to succeed in a variety of sports communication careers. Students will focus on practical, real-world skills for communicating in an increasingly complex and diverse sports landscape.

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5 Courses Earn Certificate

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Face-to-Face Instruction

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Cohort Based Program

Build Essential Communication Skills to Advance Your Goals

  • The Graduate Certificate in Sports Communication is a stackable graduate certificate designed to help students build in-demand skills and succeed in an increasingly complex sports communication industry.
  • Open to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in any field, this stackable graduate certificate, completed in just one year, offers students a curriculum designed to prepare them for an ever-changing communication landscape. Taught by renowned faculty from the top-ranked Moody College of Communication, students will be enriched, challenged, and inspired.

Key Skills and Competencies You Will Learn

  • Content creation and storytelling

  • Current and emerging social media

  • Personal branding

  • Video and audio production

  • Negotiation and sponsorships

How It Works

  • Take five total courses in sports communication in a one-year period
  • Engage with peers in your cohort for team collaboration and networking
  • Interact face-to-face with award-winning faculty

Course offerings

  • Political and Crisis Communication in Sports
  • Sports Audio and Video Storytelling
  • Negotiation in Sports
  • Personal Identity Branding
  • Social Media Strategies


You can view and download the complete 22-23 student handbook at this link. 

How to Apply

You must apply using the state application system ApplyTexas ( and submit:

• A resume
• One letter of recommendation
• A statement of purpose (maximum of 1000 words) expressing your interest in the program, your goals and what you hope to gain from and contribute to the program
• Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended

All applicants must meet the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School admission requirements. Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or be on track to graduate before enrolling in the certificate.

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale, though conditional admission may be possible for GPAs under 3.0 in extenuating circumstances
  • For international applicants only, TOEFL score of at least 79 or IELTS score of at least 6.5
  • Please note, the Communication Studies Stackable Graduate Certificate programs do not meet the U.S. government requirements for students to be eligible for an F-1 or J-1 student visa. However, international applicants on an eligible non-student VISA are welcome to apply.


Applications are accepted through the GoApplyTexas website. After completing the data entry sections and paying the application fee, applicants must upload supporting documents on their MyStatus page. 

Additional documents required:

  • Official transcripts, dated one year or less, from all four-year institutions attended
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement of no more than 1000 words
  • Letter of Recommendation: 1 required / 1 maximum
  • Official TOEFL scores taken within the past two years (for International Applicants only)

All required documents must be submitted electronically to the MyStatus Check. This page will become available to you approximately two days after you complete your online application at GoApplyTexas.

  • The Admissions Committee for the Sports Communication stackable graduate certificate will review complete applications after the deadline. All additional documents must have been uploaded in order for the committee to consider the application. Partial applications will not be reviewed.
  • Admitted applicants will be notified by email from the Department of Communication Studies. They will also receive official e-letters from the Graduate and International Admissions Center with instructions on how to check your application Status Check page for your admission decision from the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Both the Department of Communication Studies and the Office of Graduate Studies must accept applicants before they can enroll.
  • Please note, the Communication Studies Stackable Graduate Certificate programs do not meet the U.S. government requirements for students to be eligible for an F-1 or J-1 student visa. However, international applicants on an eligible non-student VISA are welcome to apply.

Program Costs and Financial Aid

Students in the program pay a flat program fee of $22,500 for the entire certificate.

For students starting the program in August 2022 or January 2023:

Three courses   $13,500
Two courses      $  9,000

Total:                 $ 22,500

A non-refundable $1,000 deposit is required when applicants accept an offer of admission. This amount is credited toward your first semester’s program costs. Each semester's tuition and fees are due approximately 4-6 weeks before the semester starts. Students will receive an exact due date when they are billed. After that date, a $100 late fee will be charged each week for non-payment

Non-degree-seeking students in an Option III program are not eligible for federal financial aid. They may be eligible for some private sector loans. Questions about financial aid should be directed to Texas One Stop.

Application Deadlines


International Application Due (for Fall 2023 Admission)


Domestic Application Due (for Fall 2023 admission)


International Application Due (for Spring 2024 Admission)


Domestic Application Due (for Spring 2024 Admission)

Contact Us

Option III Program Coordinator Christie Hodge