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Professional Presence Certificate

Moving up the career ladder requires a combination of both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills -- projecting confidence, excelling in difficult situations, and communicating effectively is often as important as the expertise required to do the job itself. Our program helps participants develop strategies for utilizing emotional intelligence and self-advocacy tools to build self-awareness while successfully conveying your strengths to colleagues and peers. 

Program Objectives

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

  • Develop a personal plan for projecting confidence, excelling in difficult situations, communicating skillfully to command a room, and developing strategies for acquiring productive feedback
  • Measure and harness emotional intelligence, increasing self-awareness and self-control, to work more resiliently and effectively in stressful situations and with stressful people
  • Identify and clearly communicate the skills, strengths and values that employers seek for specific roles through participants’ resumes, cover letters, interviews and self-evaluations

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


To receive the certificate, students must:

  • Complete all four 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.

Required Core Courses

Students must complete all of the following core courses:

Emotional Intelligence$4256 hours
Executive Presence for the Non-Executive$99512 hours
Professional Self-Advocacy in the Workplace$3756 hours
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Who Will Benefit?

The following types of students will benefit from this program:
  • Managers, supervisors and individual contributors
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Undergraduate and graduate students