Executive Certificate

Certificate in Communication Management

Mastering the art of communication has emerged as one of the key success factors in all segments of society: business, politics, and civil society. Interestingly, the ground rules of successful communication have become comparable across segments. Reputation and issue management, stakeholder communication, crisis communication, campaign planning and development are critical skills for achieving effective interaction with decision-makers in all sectors.

The certificate addresses these success factors through a unique interdisciplinary approach. We combine theories from the social sciences with best practices of strategic communication in various fields. By approaching case studies and cross-cutting issues from different angles, participants with varied academic and professional backgrounds benefit from the faculty's expertise and learn from one another.

This certificate includes:

Three of the following seminars - the seminar "Political communication" and two other seminars*

One of the following skills trainings*

*Participants make their choice.

Most courses take place on an annual basis.

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)



  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English


  • Three seminars and one skills training, amounting to a total of 11-12 days.
  • Additional time for the preparation of the seminars, as well as for the follow-up assignments.
  • 11 ECTS credits are acquired.

Seminar fee

 € 6,760

 € 6,900 if certificate programme includes a Workshop

Certificate fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses. 

Certificate fee includes (unless otherwise indicated): 

Attendance, online access to course literature before the seminars, materials during the seminars, beverages in the Hertie School of Governance cafeteria (open on weekdays), correction and rating of assignments, and a final certificate after full and successful attendance (11 ECTS credits are acquired). Participants of the certificate programme must complete the certificate within two years. Most courses take place on an annual basis. All seminars take place at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, workshops take place in London or Brussels.

Terms and Conditions



Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.