Nov 29, 2023  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement Graduate Certificate

Designed to be a transformative experience for graduate students and professionals, this program covers the practice and theory of leading groups through collaborative decision-making. Through a series of four courses, students will learn:

  • approaches to participatory planning and collaborative decision-making that are supported by sound scholarship
  • communication and leadership skills for designing and leading productive meetings
  • dialogic practices for developing and maintaining constructive working relationships and managing conflict
  • proven frameworks selecting or designing engagement processes for organizations, stakeholders, or whole communities
  • a wide range of tools and techniques for engaging small and large groups to address conflicts, explore alternatives and inform policy
  • principles and practices that move groups toward sustainable action that changes lives

Courses are presented in a hybrid format, with some offered online and others face-to-face. Students will interact regularly with each other and leaders in the field, who serve as collaborating guest faculty. A capstone engagement project concludes the certificate. Recognized as one of the most valuable parts of the program, it provides opportunities for coached practice with seasoned practitioners.

Students in the program may pursue a 12-hour graduate certificate by enrolling in the courses for credit. Alternately, students may take the seminars for noncredit professional development.


Degree or non-degree seeking students must be admitted into the certificate program.

  1. For non-degree seeking students, acceptance into the program is determined by the DDPE Director, DDPE faculty chair, and Communication Studies Graduate Coordinator
  2. For degree seeking graduate students, acceptance into the program is contingent on satisfactory standing with the graduate school. Approval must be granted by the student’s graduate committee and the DDPE director