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Duke’s Top Online Continuing-Studies Programs for Business Majors

(The Triangle Trend) — So, you finally decided to polish up on your credentials? A heightened business skillset sounds great in theory, but figuring out how to squeeze extra education into your schedule is a difficult task. Even more so to decide on where you’re going to receive said extra education. You’re not 18 anymore, and there’s no shame in not wanting in on any part of campus life. Getting crammed into a classroom isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean the benefits of higher education aren’t still appealing.

Don’t worry—as with everything else in 2020, you can opt to take the digital path. Duke University and Duke Continuing Studies offer a wide selection of online educational options. Whether you’re looking to develop your professional skills, complete a certificate, or simply take advantage of free courses offered by world-class scholars, we bet they have something for you.

Business Communication CE Course Package

Tuition non-credit

$250.00

This online certificate is designed for “the adult professional seeking to enhance their writing style, format, and grammar in the business environment.” The curriculum includes techniques for writing informational, persuasive, sales, and employee communications, to both internal and external audiences.

These courses should take about ten to twenty hours to complete. Students will have access to the certificate program for sixty days.

Students will receive instruction on the right way to write memos, letters, and reports, among other things.

Effective Presentations

Tuition non-credit

$145.00          

No matter what the subject, effective presentation skills help you deliver your message with poise and power. Since many organizations use PowerPoint as a way of communicating information, this course offers advice and guidance on the most effective and persuasive uses of PowerPoint.

This online course should take about four to six hours to complete. Students will have access to the course content for thirty days from the time of registration.

After completing this course, students should be able to turn even the driest, most mundane information into a dynamic, compelling presentation. And of course, expect to develop enhanced public speaking skills as well.

Effective Public Speaking

Tuition non-credit

$145.00          

Speaking in public can be a nerve-wracking experience for even the most confident communicators. This two-module course is designed to make public speaking a positive and memorable experience. It will enable you to deliver more effective presentations and speeches that reflect positively on you and your organization.

This online course should take about four to six hours to complete. Students will have access to the course content for thirty days from the time of registration.

After completing this course, students will know how to prepare for public speaking; create a powerful presentation structure; use their voices effectively in terms of diction, intonation, rhythm, and pacing; and quite a few other things!

Business Ethics in the 21st Century

Tuition non-credit

$299.00

Business ethics are an important part of any industry. This business ethics course offers an introduction to the concept of values, morality, as well as cultural beliefs and upbringing in all areas of business, from consumer rights to corporate social responsibility.

This course also reviews how ethics play an important role in both large and small organizations and covers ethical issues in the workplace.

Students will have access to the course content for three months from the time of registration.

Communicating Collaboratively

Tuition non-credit

$145.00

This course will help you improve your collaborative communication by providing best practices and effective tips and techniques.

This online course should take about four to six hours to complete. Students will have access to the course content for thirty days from the time of registration.

After completing this course, students should be able to identify factors of interpersonal communication; modify communication strategies to be successful in small and large groups; devise strategies for working effectively in remote settings, including in telework settings; and many other skills.

Entrepreneurship

Tuition non-credit

$725.00

This online certificate program introduces key issues in entrepreneurship for those looking to start a business on their own.  The course covers the conception, design, organization, and management of new enterprises. 

Students will have access to the course content for five months from the time of registration.

Students will develop the analytical abilities and strategic competencies necessary for becoming entrepreneurs or to further an already growing business. Practical skills covered include identifying entrepreneurial opportunities, creating a business plan, securing financial backing, and coordinating business growth.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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