Credits required
9 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 9 quarter credits are equal to 6 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$331 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online.
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Business of Viral Content Creation – Online Microcredential

Learn what it takes to build your content creation enterprise

Content is king, as the saying goes. And to carve out your place in the dynamic age of digital communication, you need to sharpen your skills in gathering, evaluating and writing content for digital media publication.


Amplify your creativity and ability to think outside the box while learning key strategies in the business of viral content creation microcredential online. Watch the video »

Earning a microcredential in business of viral content creation online from Oregon State University will put you in a position to strategically analyze and produce content with the intention of building your own content platform and brand.

Add an impressive credential to your résumé

By completing this 9-credit microcredential, you’ll gain a digital badge that signifies you have specific abilities and knowledge that are valuable in a competitive industry.

Offered online by Oregon State’s New Media Communications department, the business of viral content creation microcredential will teach you how to implement innovative and entrepreneurial strategies for the production and dissemination of your content for digital media use.


Through these three online courses, you’ll learn the ins and outs of designing and executing a content creation enterprise. That includes the ability to identify and experiment with the cultural, social and psychological trends in viral content.

You and your classmates will also develop an entrepreneurial process that includes a focus on law, finance, accounting, organizational structure, budgeting and a business plan as it relates to new media enterprises.

Required courses (9 credits)

NMC 301 – Writing for the Media Professional (3)

Learn the fundamentals of gathering, evaluating and writing information for the media and editing media content in written form. See course catalog detail »

NMC 418 – Viral Content (3)

Investigate the secret to going viral by examining the culture of viral content, the social and psychological influences that shape online behavior and the business of creating and spreading viral content. See course catalog detail »

NMC 441 – Media Entrepreneurship (3)

Study the entrepreneurial process as it relates uniquely to the arts and sciences of new media. You'll explore the basic entrepreneurial processes of law, finance, organizational structure, budgeting, business plans and more. See course catalog detail »

Take the first step toward a digital communication arts degree

Once you earn a microcredential in business of viral content creation, you can apply the 9 credits directly toward Oregon State’s online bachelor’s degree in digital communication arts. Learn more about the innovative DCA program.

If you plan to apply these credits toward a full degree, we encourage you to first contact the program to learn about the degree requirements. Please note that acceptance into a microcredential does not guarantee acceptance into a degree program.

How to apply

When applying to the business of viral content creation microcredential, you should apply as a nondegree (visiting) student. Check out the resources available to you as a nondegree student while pursuing this microcredential online.

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Oregon State Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.

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