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Strong and effective communication is the basis of our society. Build upon your critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills with a Communication degree from University of Phoenix – and let your education lay the groundwork for your future.
The study of communication intersects many other disciplines – and at the College of Humanities and Sciences, there are a variety of paths you can take. Our degree programs allow you to focus your studies around your professional goals. Earn your communication degree online – and find the balance you need by taking one class at a time. We’ll provide you with skills that can help you excel in today’s competitive workforce, and you can decide how to fit education into your life without dropping your personal or professional obligations.
The ability to effectively interact with others to exchange ideas and information is paramount – and nobody understands that better than our faculty. More than just dedicated educators, our experienced faculty reflects a wide range of backgrounds and experiences – providing you with the support you’ll need to grow personally and professionally.
Network and connect with like-minded individuals through our alumni mentorship program – and share your enthusiasm for communication. You have a passion for finding new and innovative ways to exchange ideas and information. Position yourself for success in today’s competitive job market with an online communication degree.
We’ve lowered tuition and locked it in. So you can count on tuition that’s as dependable as your education.
Transfer previous college credits and have relevant work experience evaluated for potential credit toward your degree program.
Our network of alumni can be a great asset toward your success.
The Bachelor of Science in Communication degree program can help you refine the skills needed to communicate effectively and exchange ideas and information across a variety of channels, both in-person and online. Develop professional competence and values by enhancing your communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving abilities and collaboration techniques. Specific areas of focus include:
The Associate of Arts with a concentration in Business Foundations focuses on a variety of business essentials including management theory and practice, information systems, financial accounting, critical thinking and effective managerial communications. Students will explore business principles and learn to apply problem solving strategies to real-life scenarios. In addition, students will also discuss the effects of culture and ethics in current global and domestic business environments.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSACC) promotes identification with, and orientation to, the accounting profession and is designed to provide knowledge and skills necessary to an accounting career. In addition to the key accounting course work at the introductory and intermediate levels, critical areas of study including auditing and taxation are required in the program. The importance of ethics and international issues are emphasized throughout the curriculum, along with core competencies in technology and communication. The program utilizes specific accounting problem-solving software to provide students with practical knowledge of the accounting field. The program also addresses the goals of professional values, communications and leadership skills, strategic and critical thinking skills, and technology skills of the professional accounting environment and provides additional coverage on the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Students are also exposed to varied business disciplines including economics, statistics, law, corporate finance, and marketing to provide the general business overview and context necessary for accounting studies. This program is consistent with generally accepted accounting principles, including the accounting processes and knowledge areas that lead to professional certification.
The Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) undergraduate degree program is designed to prepare graduates with the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively apply various business principles and tools in an organizational setting. The BSB foundation is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practical application, while examining the areas of accounting, communications, diversity and inclusion, economics, finance, business law and ethics, management, marketing, organizational behavior, business analytics, and information systems. Students are required to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the undergraduate business curricula through a business capstone course.
The Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) degree program is designed to develop the professional knowledge and skills of cross functional managers in an organization. The BSM degree enhances skills necessary for improved organizational effectiveness in a dynamic and evolving workplace. The program focuses on the development of management roles and emphasizes skills necessary to align resources, and to improve communication, productivity, and effectiveness. Upon completion of the program, students will possess the skills and competencies needed to determine and implement key management decisions and develop skills in leadership, human resource management, change management, and core business functional areas.
The Post Master's Certificate in Business Administration (CERT/D-BA) provides mid-careerists across the business sector with foundational and practical knowledge to bring new insights to bear on the practice of business administration. These deepening insights will provide aspiring leaders with the competencies necessary to grow their leadership capacity in business settings through a mastery of business administration scholarship and praxis, effectively apply of this insight to current business environments, and produce solution-oriented organizational research. The credits earned from CERT/D-BA are transferable and applicable toward the University of Phoenix Doctor of Business Administration degree. As the global information economy evolves, organizations are becoming increasingly complex and innovative, with organizational models and practices becoming crucial for successfully addressing this complexity. Consequently, leadership in this dynamic environment requires higher, more sophisticated levels of knowledge and skills. The Post Master's Certificate in Business Administration program is designed to serve this need by providing doctoral-level education to professional practitioners in business and management. The CERT/D-BA is offered by the University of Phoenix to enable leaders to affect these high levels of performance through applied scholarship, practical applications, rigorous analysis, and comprehensive evaluation methods. The CERT/D-BA is consistent with the University's mission to educate working adults to achieve their professional goals and to improve the standard of living in their communities. The CERT/D-BA has a 15-credit requirement that involves an online modality of instruction delivered in an online, virtual classroom setting. In these courses, learners will work in a cohort of approximately 12 peers and be required to spend approximately 25 hours per week on required course work. The credits earned from CERT/D-BA are transferable and applicable toward the University of Phoenix Doctor of Business Administration degree.
The Organizational Leadership and Decision-making Certificate is designed for working professionals who hold a master's or doctoral degree and have a critical interest in advancing their organizational leadership skills in order to face the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment brought about by the digital age. This certificate program will prepare students who already have a foundation in management by developing advanced leadership skills that can effective positive change and increase an organization's competitive edge through targeted-decision making.
The Certificate in Research Essentials is designed for working professionals who currently hold a master's degree with a strong interest in developing essential research skills in both qualitative and quantitative research methods in the social sciences. This certificate will prepare students to have foundational research knowledge and practice into areas of applied research in their organization.
The Doctor of Business Administration program prepares mid-careerists across the sector to bring new insights to bear on the practice of business administration, providing aspiring leaders with the competencies necessary to grow their leadership capacity in business settings through a mastery of business administration scholarship and praxis, effectively apply of this insight to current business environments, and produce solution-oriented organizational research.
The Doctor of Management program prepares early- to mid-careerists in diverse managerial contexts with strategies for exploring their personal readiness to lead in their current setting and/or identify steps toward their future aspirations. Through engagement with the leadership literature, personal reflection, and a critical look at strategies for further development, learners demonstrate their competence by applying what they learn to current organizational environments.
Students in the Graduate Accounting Certificate will develop an understanding of accounting concepts and applications. Students will also become competent in the use of appropriate analytical tools and technologies. They will be sensitive to legal, ethical, and social values in the conduct and communication of accounting practice and decisions. In addition, students will have an understanding of a portion of the topics required in preparation for the CPA exam: Audit & Attestation, Financial Accounting & Reporting, Regulation, and Business Environment & Concepts. The Graduate Accounting Certificate is designed for students who want to enhance their accounting management skills, enter the accounting profession, or complete additional coursework required for the CPA exam. While completing this program, students who may be planning to take the CPA exam will utilize CPA Test Preparation software in conjunction with their course work.
Students in the Graduate Project Management Certificate program will develop an understanding of project management concepts, applications, and the five processes that define project management. Students will collaboratively create an organizational project plan using Microsoft Project® software. The concentration is based on standards as tested by the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification examination.
The Graduate Project Management Certificate program is designed for students who want to enhance their project management skills, become project managers, or complete additional coursework in preparation for Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
The Graduate Project Management Certificate program consists of 18 credit hours.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program prepares students in the functional areas of business allowing them to develop managerial skills necessary to be effective in a rapidly changing business environment. The program is designed for students with an interest in entering or advancing their careers in business. The program reflects current research of leadership competencies as well as graduate business standards as reflected by existing international accreditation agencies. In addition to the University learning goals, the MBA program prepares students to do the following:
-Recognize and solve problems systematically to make better business decisions.
-Manage, develop, and motivate personnel to meet changing organizational needs. Discover how diversity and values strengthen working relationships and contribute to effective problem solving.
-Leverage technology in a global environment to create sustainable competitive advantage.
-Evaluate risks and develop plans to lessen or eliminate their impact.
-Develop awareness of one's own personal values and how they affect business decision making.
-Assess whether an organization's plans and actions are aligned to meet its values.
-Integrate knowledge and reach decisions with incomplete or limited information.
-Understand a broad range of theoretical and practical applications in business.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program prepares students in the functional areas of business allowing them to develop managerial skills necessary to be effective in a rapidly changing business environment. The program is designed for students with an interest in entering or advancing their careers in business. The program reflects current research of leadership competencies as well as graduate business standards as reflected by existing international accreditation agencies. In addition to the University learning goals, the MBA program prepares students to do the following: -Recognize and solve problems systematically to make better business decisions. -Manage, develop, and motivate personnel to meet changing organizational needs. Discover how diversity and values strengthen working relationships and contribute to effective problem solving. -Leverage technology in a global environment to create sustainable competitive advantage. -Evaluate risks and develop plans to lessen or eliminate their impact. -Develop awareness of one's own personal values and how they affect business decision making. -Assess whether an organization's plans and actions are aligned to meet its values. -Integrate knowledge and reach decisions with incomplete or limited information. -Understand a broad range of theoretical and practical applications in business.
The Master of Management degree program promotes the development of management competencies through the practical application of theory, business and management diagnostics, and the formulation of creative management and consulting solutions. Students will acquire a wide range of tools, concepts and methodologies to design, conduct, and follow through on successful leadership and entrepreneurship practices. In addition, students will be able to actively develop their interpersonal and business-related management skills in order to foster leadership, creative thinking, collegiality, and teamwork ability in an international context. The Master of Management will provide students with first-hand knowledge of the tools and techniques used by successful consultants in the competitive leadership, entrepreneurship and management industry.
The Business Analytics certificate will prepare students with the skills necessary to analyze data to make impactful business decisions that will improve the competitive advantages of an organization. Students will learn the skills of extracting meaningful information from digital data sources and make decisions regarding operations, sales and marketing, research and development, and other core business functions. Topics covered within the program include information technologies and applications; data mining, data analytics, and data visualization; practices for the collection, integration, analysis, and presentation of business data and information; and data ethics and security. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to apply these core business analytics skills to industry-specific cases through the selection and completion of elective courses within the program.
The Finance Planning certificate emphasizes fundamental and advanced financial planning concepts, theories, and practices to promote well-informed personal financial decision making. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to examine the areas of personal finance planning, investment analysis and portfolio management, retirement and benefit planning, and insurance planning. Students will integrate advanced topics in financial planning through practical application.
The Management certificate emphasizes managing human and fiscal resources within the structure, culture, and missions of any organization. The program provides students with the opportunity to examine the areas of innovation in business, human resource management, change management, organizational negotiations, and strategic management. Students will integrate advanced topics in management through real-world business application.
The Human Resource Management certificate prepares students to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of human resource management and its strategic relevance in business. The program addresses the legal and ethical components of the decision making process involved in the human resources environment. Students will also develop an understanding of the critical business implications for human resource professionals today and in the future. HR practitioners and managers must be equipped with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of human resource management, along with strong skills in the areas of systems thinking, problem solving, influencing, negotiating, communications, and leadership. This program is consistent with generally accepted human resource management principles, including the professional certification knowledge areas.
The Certificate in Leadership and Management program is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to effectively lead others within a variety of organizational settings and situations. The program includes content related to organizational leadership, business strategy development, decision making, change management, effective communication, performance improvement, and entrepreneurship.
The Marketing certificate addresses how to identify customer needs, how to communicate information about products and services to customers and potential customers, where to market, the pricing of products and services, and how to respond to growing demands in different countries and cultures. The program builds upon the foundational marketing course and allows further study in the areas of consumer behavior, marketing research, public relations, product and brand management, and small business marketing. Marketing managers need creative, analytical, and leadership abilities to manage the marketing function of the business enterprise.
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