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Business Communications Certificate

Build your expertise in business communications

Effective communication in today’s global business environment is critical—don’t let your message get lost as a result of poor delivery. Internal and external comprehension requires proficiency in written, verbal and/or visual communication—and often a combination of all three methods. Both leaders and individual contributors can build expertise by identifying various communication styles, exploring best practices, and utilizing proper tools in order to create a working environment conducive to collaboration and mutually beneficial results.


The following types of students will benefit from this program:

  • Managers, supervisors and individual contributors
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Undergraduate and graduate students

Program objectives

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Integrate communication tools to improve communication messages
  • Explore best practices for written, verbal and visual communications
  • Detect individual communication styles and determine most efficient strategies for collaboration
  • Analyze influence and persuasion techniques to achieve win-win results

Certificate requirements

To receive the certificate, students must:

  • Complete all five of the core courses
  • Complete at least 12 hours of elective courses
  • Attend at least 80% of the class sessions in each course
  • Pass any end-of-class quizzes that are administered with a score of 75% or higher
  • Satisfy all program requirements within 18 months

All courses are also offered open enrollment, meaning anyone can register for them regardless of affiliation with Emory or desire to complete the certificate program.


Students interested in this program should have already earned a bachelor's degree or possess equivalent professional work experience.

Certificate Overview

6-12 months

$2,250 - $2,725

Time commitment
39 hours