Develop essential strategic thinking skills and stay current in a constantly evolving field with our master’s in marketing degree program.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment specialist at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||MRKT 6100||Course||Integrated Marketing in the Digital Age||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MRKT 6110||Course||Digital Marketing||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MRKT 6120||Course||Relationship Marketing||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MRKT 6130||Course||Communicating Using Social and Digital Media||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MRKT 6140||Course||Market Research and Customer Insights||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MRKT 6150||Course||Marketing Communications, Storytelling, and Persuasion||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MRKT 6160||Course||Design Thinking: Strategy and the Creative Process||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MRKT 6170||Course||Brand and Product Management||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MRKT 6135||Course||Harnessing the Power of Data and Information||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MRKT 6900||Course||From Marketing Strategy to Execution||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
Marketing strategies continue to change as a result of new and innovative digital opportunities. To remain competitive in today's fast-paced environment, organizations must have an integrated strategy. Students in this course explore a variety of marketing tools and platforms—both traditional and digital—and the role they play in a strategic marketing mix. Students will examine the role of marketing within an organization and learn how consumer insights and online behavior can influence product, price, distribution, and promotion. Course content also includes the coordination of mass, direct, and online marketing activities and channels; market analysis; and the challenges and opportunities that marketing technologies bring.
Through the use of digital marketing tools and strategies, organizations can assess how digital campaigns are performing and can respond in real time. The response may be content change, keyword search modifications, or even budget allocations across channels. Digital marketing, however, relies on the marketer knowing advanced concepts and best practices for emerging media platforms to reach and influence consumers. Students can learn to assess online analytics and interpret performance results to determine campaign return on investment (ROI). Insights are provided about the best website design practices, as well as about the ways in which web-based tools support digital marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), online advertising, and the integrations of channels such as mobile, display, video, and social media.
Discover how to foster consumer loyalty and increase customer retention through the application of relationship marketing. Throughout this course, students can explore ways to leverage Internet communication channels and technologies to engage, convert, and retain customers in both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) markets. Additionally, students examine how to plan, design, and execute fully integrated customer relationship management (CRM) systems to get insight into customers' preferences, provide personalization, and provide targeted messaging automation. Other relationship marketing topics include database marketing across traditional and digital media, digital/social CRM, and customer experience management (CEM).
While some companies may still be asking, "Why should we care about social media?" most are now asking, "How can we leverage the power of social media?" In this course, students examine how social media has changed the way consumers interact with brands and apply elements of storytelling to develop a social media strategy for an organizational scenario. In addition, students explore issues of ethics, privacy, and media law that are heightened by social media and digital communication distribution. Topics include types of social media, audience appropriateness, reputation management, social media strategy, evaluation methods, and the communications regulatory environment, including media law and privacy.
Understanding consumer behavior is essential for developing and effectively marketing products and services. In this course, students can learn how to use customer data and insights to improve strategic marketing decisions and improve performance. Students have the opportunity to analyze factors that influence buyer behavior during all stages of the purchasing process and to consider how learnings can be translated into product strategy and related marketing decisions. Additionally, students will study market segmentation and targeting practices as key means of differentiation.
Whether one is addressing a customer, an audience, or a jury, the aim is to use the tools of persuasion to influence individuals to take action. Especially in social media, it is critically important to establish an appropriate tone, voice, and personality. Tying these strategies to the overall brand positioning is even more important. It has been found that storytelling is one of the most effective tools of persuasion. Rather than simply stating the facts, the story puts facts into a meaningful context, so that the consumer can understand and empathize with the characters in the story and, therefore, identify with the brand's social media personality. In this course, students explore the elements of the story and the approaches used to develop content. Understanding the impact of individual channels on a strategy for integrated marketing communications and positioning allows the marketer to allocate budgets more effectively and efficiently.
The ability to marry creative artistry with the strategic business needs of the client is essential for success. In this course, students explore the concepts of design thinking, strategy, and the creative process as tools to solve business problems. Topics covered in this course include an overview of the design business landscape, understanding the creative brief, audience insight, and cultural awareness as foundational to the creative process. Students focus on developing creative, problem-solving approaches that are relevant to real-world business needs.
Key differences exist between brand and product management, and, yet, both are crucial to the success of a product or service. In this course, students will explore the many elements of brand management, including brand architecture, the development and sustainability of the brand, brand positioning, and the perceived value of the brand. Students will analyze competitive information, and can learn to apply that knowledge in areas such as product differentiation. Throughout the course, students also will examine the critical business skills, tools, and techniques necessary for effective product management. Students will focus on the stages of a product's lifecycle, consumer demand and pricing, multichannel product management, and the fundamentals of profit and loss management.
Effectively using data and information can make the difference in whether the best decisions are made or problems are solved correctly. There are multiple approaches to practical managerial problem solving that are rooted in the systematic collection, analysis, and display of relevant data and information. In this course, students examine the importance of data, beginning with the process of transforming data into information, and then focusing on the best methods for presenting that information in support of sound and ethical decision making. Students evaluate common misinterpretations or errors in working with data and determine how to detect data and information presented in a deceptive manner. Students explore current paradigms in data-based decision making and problem solving. They learn how they can use these analytical-thinking practices to improve their general managerial decision-making skills.
How can a marketing plan help a business meet its goals and objectives? How can a marketing plan help capitalize on consumer insights and trends? How can the latest innovations and communication strategies be used to reach the target audience? In this course, students will be immersed in all aspects of developing a comprehensive 3-year marketing plan that aligns with an organization's business strategy and helps marketers make better decisions about their products, services, customers, brand, and competition. Students can learn to apply best practices for market segmentation, consumer insights, competitive analysis, brand positioning and strategy, and consumer acquisition and retention strategies, as well as developing tactical ideas for each strategy, and providing financial justification for the plan.