List of Free Online Business Writing Courses and Classes

See our list of the top free online business writing courses. Learn about what courses are available and what topics they cover to find the course that's right for you.

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Online Business Writing Classes for Academic Credit

Students who want to study business writing online may want the option to earn academic credit.'s online video courses help students prepare for credit-by-exam tests. These fun courses are available for a reasonable membership fee.

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Non-Credit Business Writing Courses Online

There are multiple schools and organizations that offer free online courses related to business writing. These classes may include videos, audio files, lecture notes or even homework assignments, but they do not award academic credit.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The online materials for these MIT courses include the same lecture notes, homework and exams offered in on-campus degree programs; however, none of the free online courses are graded or have college credit value. Online students can download PDF files of lecture notes, assignments and reading materials.

  • Management Communication for Undergraduates is designed to improve a student's ability to write business memos and letters. The course's lecture notes discuss standard business-style writing and offer writing tips like emphasizing actions in sentences and choosing concrete words.
  • Argumentation and Communication focuses on analytical and persuasive writing styles frequently used in business settings. In this course, students learn how to think critically and present a point-of-view through business memos, essays and briefs.
  • Communication for Managers is a graduate-level course designed for students interested in improving their business leadership skills through persuasive writing and presentations. Not all of the lecture notes are included with this course, but students may find homework and readings on intercultural business communication and resumes helpful.

New Jersey Institute of Technology

The courses at NJIT consist of video lecture series that students can use to boost self-study. No credits or grades are given for these free online courses. Users must have a media player on their computers to view the videos.

  • Technical Writing addresses advanced communication issues and responses by tackling ethical and gender topics, audience perspectives and problem-solving. Specific business writing skills covered in the course include memos and e-mails, resumes, proposals and presentations.
  • Proposal Writing is a graduate-level course that uncovers the persuasive writing style used by many organizations seeking to gain funding or sales. This course includes a syllabus with additional assignments and readings.

Northwestern University

  • Effective Business Writing is a video that was originally presented to doctoral students at the university's McCormick School of Engineering. The lecture covers how to write the forms of business correspondence usually needed to get or leave a job, including cover letters, e-mails, letters of acceptance and resignation letters.

University of Southern California

  • Executive Communication and Business Writing is a webinar from the Marshall School of Business at USC that uncovers current forms of written communication used in most organizations. The lecturer discusses e-mail, blog, video and social networking communications as well as the issues inherent to these forms of business communication.

U.S. Small Business Administration

  • How to Write a Business Plan goes over the steps to writing an effective business plan. Being able to organize and describe business models, marketing plans and financial requirements are important to earning the financial support generally needed to start a new business. The non-credit document can also be downloaded in PDF format.
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