The Certificate in Business Writing focuses on the writing skills that are necessary to develop communications materials for an organization. Students in the program learn persuasion principles, how to better understand audience needs, and cutting-edge message design strategies. The program is designed to support people who have attended college and are looking to grow in their current position or transition into a strategic communications role. Students are able to complete this certificate online, however, course availability may vary depending on the semester.

Business-related programs at CAPS are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) at Washington University. Most courses are three units.

This program is offered either mostly or fully online.  Students entering the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must enroll in a program full time.  F-1 students are only permitted to enroll in one online course per semester and J-1 students may only enroll in non-credit online courses that do not count toward their degree program.  The School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) cannot guarantee face-to-face enrollment options each semester of full time enrollment, therefore cannot issue an I-20 or DS 2019 to F-1 and J-1 students for this program.  If you are an F-1 or J-1 student and wish to enroll in a CAPS program while here on a Visa, please contact our recruitment team to discuss your options for face-to-face program enrollment.  F-1 and J-1 students should not enroll in online courses or programs without first consulting the university’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).


Units of Required Courses


Units of Elective Requirements

Required Courses – 9 units

  • U48 203 – Writing for Business Communication
  • U48 262 – Integrated Strategic Communications
  • U11 324 – Writing for Public Speaking

Elective Requirements – 3 units

Students choose from among the following:

  • U49 345 – Effective Editing
  • U48 378 – Communications Technology and New Media
  • Any courses in English Composition or Creative Writing (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction)

Application Requirements

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