SDSU's International Media Certificate program is designed for international students planning a career in the media industry and is available through the Semester at SDSU program.

This certificate program gives students a strong foundation in media theory, in a specific, applied media field. Courses are focused on global aspects of media use, media technologies, and media industries.

Program Highlights:

  • Classes with American Students
    SDSU courses with American students and professionals.

  • Official Transcript
    Credits earned are listed on an official SDSU transcript and may be transferable to other universities.

This certificate requires completion of 12 units, which need to include:

One course selected from:
JMS 200 – Introduction to Contemporary Media
JMS 210 – Social Media in the Digital Age

One course selected from:
JMS 300 – Principles of Journalism
JMS 408 – Principles of Media Studies
JMS 460 – Principles of Advertising
JMS 480 – Principles of Public Relations

Two courses selected from:
JMS 375 – Media Technology in the Global Environment
JMS 450 – Using Media to Understand Cultures
JMS 475 – Mediated Communication in Intercultural Contexts
JMS 506 – Advertising and Society
JMS 574 – International Advertising
JMS 591 – Global Telecommunications

Students must receive a C (2.0) or higher in each course to receive a certificate at the end of the program. For course descriptions and class schedules, please visit Please be aware not all courses are offered every semester.

SDSU Global Campus cannot guarantee enrollment in courses, and students register for classes on a space-available basis.

For more information on Semester at SDSU programs, please contact


Semester at SDSU International Media Certificate

Number of weeks


Hours of instruction

Varies according to course enrollment. Minimum 12 units undergraduate/9 units graduate


TOEFL 61, IELTS 5.5, or Duolinguo 90. Proof of English proficiency is required with application. For Duolingo, please have your test score sent to "San Diego State University - Global Campus". Other acceptable English proficiency can be found HERE.

Dates and Costs

See Semester at SDSU Calendar & Fees (All prices and dates are subject to change.)