Business Communication Certificate

The Business Communication Certificate is designed for students interested in internal communications, executive communications, marketing, public relations and messaging strategy. Students will be trained in theoretical principles and best practices in communicating with a variety of audiences and situations.

This certificate is ideal for those seeking roles in marketing, public relations, human resources, project management and sales. 

Total Number of Courses 6
Total Number of Credit Hours 18 credit hours
Recommended Start Term
and Time to Completion
Need fully online? You must begin in Fall II, Spring I, or Summer.
Please refer to the addendum at the end of this guide to determine your time to completion based on start term and format preference.
Schedule Format Courses offered in the evenings within 8 week sessions 
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Certificate 2 courses / 6 credit hours
Course Locations Blended courses offered both on the Water Tower Campus (820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago). This certificate can also be completed fully online.
Application and Admission Requirements Application
Official transcripts from all prior institutions
2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions
Tuition and Fees


Certificate Requirements

  • COMM 175 Introduction to Communication
  • COMM 200 Communication and New Media
  • COMM 211 Principles of Advertising
  • COMM 215 Ethics and Communication
  • COMM 268 Persuasion
  • COMM 313 Corporate and Organizational Communication

Course Descriptions

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