Graduate Certificate in Crisis, Risk, and Disaster Communication

Graduate Certificate in Crisis, Risk, and Disaster Communication (CRDC)

The CRDC certificate provides graduate students with unique communications skills to provide a proactive, readiness approach to address complex communication issues.


Dr. Yan Jin

C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership; Professor of Public Relations; Director of Crisis Communication Think Tank; Associate Director of Center for Health & Risk Communication
Journalism Building, Room 134-B
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Graduate Certificate in Crisis, Risk, and Disaster Communication approved for Fall 2024

The University of Georgia has been approved to offer a Graduate Certificate in Crisis, Risk, and Disaster Communication (CRDC), a program that will educate students in skills needed for proactive, […]

Dean Charles Davis greets attendees at The Terry Executive Education Center.

Inaugural partnership among Grady College, Terry College and UGA Executive Education draws industry leaders to crisis management workshop

Grady College’s Crisis Communication Think Tank (CCTT) partnered with the Terry College of Business and UGA Executive Education on a crisis readiness program for business leaders on Friday, April 12, […]

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Crisis Communication Hedge Fund provides motivation for graduate student research

The Hedge Fund: Venture Between the Hedges is providing more than just motivation for students in the Graduate Crisis Communication course at Grady College. The winning team’s proposal will be […]

A group photo of the CCTT members standing outside Grady College.

Annual CCTT gathering explores READINESS as a new crisis management model

The Crisis Communication Think Tank (CCTT) hosted its annual event at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication on Thursday, April 11, 2024. Under the year’s overarching theme of READINESS, […]

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Profiles of Tenacity: Kathryn Penn

Kathryn Penn is a fourth-year public relations student interested in crisis communications. She encourages students to seek mentorship and peer networking opportunities to form a supportive community at UGA. Why […]

UGA’s Grady College and Terry College to offer executive education program in crisis communication and management

The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Terry College of Business have partnered to offer an executive education program in crisis communication and management. This […]

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Cross-institutional collaboration sparks student research on AI, crisis communication

When students from the University of Georgia and Penn State met to kick off a research partnership this past August, they quickly realized they were gaining more than a line […]


“Conducting research in crisis communication was a powerful complement to my degrees. I am so grateful for the opportunity to deepen my understanding of strategic communication and organizational crises, both as a communicator and leader. Especially in modern media environments, swift and tactful navigation of crises is essential to organizational leadership, and I feel well prepared to enter the workforce with a solid foundation in this skillset.”

Schwarzman Scholar, 2024

Elise Karinshak

BS ’23, BBA ’23


“I do feel that as a PR professional this certificate and its associated courses would be beneficial for anyone to have as they pursue a career in communications. It’s not the mastery – that comes with years of practice and doing – but the exposure to best practices, standards and strategic plan building around times of crisis and/or disaster in the classroom that will set students with this certificate apart as they will be more prepared to understand and react to these types of situations when the time comes in their careers.”

Laura Burr

AB ’21


“During my Ph.D. studies, Grady College provided me the opportunity to fulfill my career aspirations and helped me to grow academically and professionally. I feel certain that Grady College offered me with the ideal mix of academic rigor, resources, and mentors expert in crisis, risk, and disaster communication of my interests. I would highly recommend this certificate program to anyone interested in pursuing a career in crisis, risk, and disaster communication.” 

Sungsu Kim

Ph.D. ’19

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Applications for the CRDC certificate are open all year round. Visit the CRDC Eligibility page for application dates and details.