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Certificate Program

Professional Communication

Program Description

Emerson College's Professional Communication Certificate Program is designed for the individual who would like to develop professional-level communication skills in writing and learn to apply such skills to professional or personal tasks.

Who Should Enroll

The Professional Communication Program is designed with professionals of all fields in mind. The non-credit program is particularly well suited for individuals with degrees in such fields as business, education, integrated marketing, media, government, healthcare, publishing, and manufacturing.

The Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs understands the need for academic flexibility based on different professional goals, obligations, and backgrounds. Participants may enroll in the individual modules of the certificate program. However, the Professional Communication Certificate will be awarded only to participants who successfully complete all of the modules and assignments comprising the Professional Communication Certificate Program.

Note: Participants must hold a minimum of a high school diploma or GED to enroll in courses and programs offered by the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs.

Modules begin in the fall and spring semesters.

Writing Modules

Individuals may enroll in one or several of the following non-credit modules. However, candidates for the Professional Communication Certificate must successfully complete all of the writing modules.

CE0204 Audience Analysis for Writing Professional Communication
Two-session module, offered fall and spring semesters, $159.00
Start thinking about your customers differently. Learn to identify different types of audiences, including primary and secondary audiences, and identify different audience characteristics that are helpful to you as a writer. Begin to develop a sense for document life cycle and learn key differences between academic and business writing.

CE0205 Grammar and Mechanics for Writing for Professional Communications
Two-session module, offered fall and spring semesters, $159.00
Develop the ability to write persuasive or informative professional communications. In Grammar and Mechanics, you will work to improve your grasp of such tools as the active and passive voice, dangling modifiers, parallelism, parts of speech, subject/verb agreement and verb tenses. This module is designed for the participant who wants to write clearly and make an impact by using correct grammar, style and word choice. Workshop-intensive module.

CE0206 Writing News Releases and Media Advisories
Two-session module, offered fall and spring semesters, $159.00
Study the anatomy and purpose of news releases and find out why companies and individuals value these time-proven communications to connect with the public. In this module, learn to write news releases and media advisories, and find out how to create a media list. Workshop-intensive module.

CE0207 Writing Copy for Brochures
Two-session module, offered fall and spring semesters, $159.00
The brochure continues to survive and evolve as a versatile communication tool for companies, institutions, and individuals, across industries and disciplines. However, not all brochures are well written or read by their intended audiences. In this module, learn the key to creating easy-to-read, objective-driven, professional brochure copy that will represent your ideas and gain your audience's respect and attention. Workshop-intensive module.

CE0208 Writing for the Web
Two-session module, fall and spring semesters, $159.00
Today’s communicators must prepare themselves to create copy for traditional media and print documents, and compose content for the Internet. Broaden your skills by learning essential writing techniques: best practices for grammar, punctuation, style and usage on the web. Also discuss and gain an understanding of the sub-format writing for social media. Workshop-intensive module.

CE0209 Writing Copy for Print and Web Advertisements
Two-session module, offered fall and spring semesters, $159.00
Learn to write brief and long copy for print advertisements and see how to transition your advertising copy to other formats, such as posters. Discuss the importance of appropriate language, format and style while you learn to write headlines, body copy and call-to-action. See how graphics and images support print ad copy. Take what you learn about writing copy for print advertising and put it together with your knowledge of writing copy for the web (CE0218). Discuss such online advertising as banners, buttons, tiles buttons and Google ads. Workshop-intensive module.

CE0210 Writing for Newsletters and Blogs
Two-session module, fall and spring semesters, $159.00
Report news to your community in well-written, attention-grabbing stories that will keep your audience coming back for more. In Writing for Newsletters and Blogs, explore techniques for creating traditional newsletters. Then combine your new knowledge with the skills you developed in CE0208, Writing for the Web, to compose content for an online newsletter. Next you’ll work on creating a clear concept for your own personal blog, generating ideas for posts, and distinguishing your blog in today’s blogosphere. Writing- and workshop-intensive module.     

CE0211 Writing Speeches and Other Oral Presentations
Two-session module, offered fall and spring semesters, $159.00
Learn to put ideas into written words that will be delivered to an audience by you or someone else. Practice the writing techniques of a speechwriter, including basic audience analysis, idea formation, outline/structure development, research, and draft-to-final presentation fulfillment. In Writing Speeches, you’ll work towards writing for the ear to deliver a clear and distinctive message. Then you’ll practice delivering at least one original speech you have written for this course and discuss methods of overcoming delivery apprehension. Writing- and workshop-intensive module.

CE0212 Writing Letters, Emails, and Mobile Content
Two-session module, offered fall and spring semesters, $159.00
Effective letter writing is an art that depends on skill, well-organized thoughts, language, form and style. In this module, learn why letters remain relevant today. Begin to focus your letters with a goal of increasing your return by writing to encourage your recipients to read and understand your message. Then turn your attention to the letter’s online counterparts: emails, texts and other mobile communications. Gain an understanding of the connection between letters and these online tools. Practice putting your new skills to work in several in-class and homework scenarios. Workshop-intensive module.

Certificate Program Completion Requirements

Professional Studies participants may choose to work toward a Professional Communication Certificate. The following guidelines apply to all non-credit, non-degree certificate individuals at Emerson College:

  • Individuals must satisfy the certificate program requirements published for the term in which they register for the first course toward the certificate.
  • All individuals must complete coursework for a certificate program within a period of three years from their initial date of registration.
  • Only learning activities offered by Emerson College's Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs may be applied to fulfill the requirements of a certificate program.
  • Enrollment in non-credit, non-degree certificate programs is open to all individuals who have a high school diploma or GED. Prerequisite requirements apply in some instances. To receive a certificate, individuals must submit a Request for Certificate Form to the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs within one year of program completion. Request for Certificate (PDF)

How to Register

Head to our Registration and Payment page to learn more about registration and payment.

Participating in the Professional Communication Certificate Program

Tuition is due upon registration for all Professional Communication Program courses or modules offered through the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs. Tuition is calculated per course and individuals must pay tuition in full prior to participating in the courses of their choice.

Participants may incur additional course-related expenses. Such additional expenses are separate from tuition costs and payments.

At the present time, Emerson College is not authorized to issue I-20s for study in its Professional Studies and Special Programs (“PSSP”) courses. Depending on an international student’s immigration status and personal circumstances, enrollment in a PSSP course may be permissible or may result in an immigration status violation. Maintaining valid immigration status while in the United States is the responsibility of the individual, not Emerson College. PSSP staff cannot advise individuals about their immigration status. If you have any questions about the requirements for maintenance of your specific immigration status, please contact the U.S. Consulate in your home country prior to enrolling in a PSSP program.

Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision of its programs and courses at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment, and to change instructor assignments.