Business Communication & Law

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE || INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA - So, you have a plan? A proposal? An idea? Not just “what”, but also “how” you convey it to your stakeholders will influence it’s fate. Explore and understand the ethical, social, and legal issues that businesses encounter in today’s increasingly complex global-marketplace while developing some of the most valued communication tools such as negotiation tactics and conflict management strategies.

This program is perfect for...

...aspiring professionals interested in developing analytical and communication skills while exploring the complexity and interrelationship of the law and ethics to political, economic, and social issues.

What you'll learn...

How to construct, present, and critically analyze competing positions on the burning issues in business ethics and policy facing 21st-century leaders and managers
Strategies to manage, resolve and prevent interpersonal conflict
Competence in intercultural communication styles
Identification and application of legal analysis methods and principles that are important to business transactions, relationships, and projections
Ethical and legal implications in business decision-making

Program Course Schedule:

Students are required to complete at least 14 total units from a variety of courses offered by UCSB Departments of Communication and Professional and Continuing Education.


Complete a minimum of 14 units from the program schedule.
Earn no less than a “C” in any particular course to be eligible for the certificate.
Non-UCSB students will be able to enroll in the UCSB courses via Open University.
Transfer units will not be accepted as credit toward this certificate.


Units for the MGMNT X171, X172, 173 courses may count toward graduation units, but grades for those courses do not count towards GPA for graduation.  UCSB students seeking a degree or unit credit must file a petition with the appropriate UCSB College or School PRIOR to enrollment, To make the credit effective students need to order a transcript from student services and have it submitted to the registrar. More information is available here.

Important Note Regarding Financial Aid: Current UCSB matriculated students, who are eligible for financial aid, may be required to maintain a minimum of 12 academic units of undergraduate or graduate level courses. The MGMNT X professional units do not count toward that minimum.

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