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Enhance your marketing skills to get to the next level in your career by earning a Master of Science in Marketing. The program will develop your marketing knowledge and strengthen your branding expertise through workshop-style classes, experiential curriculum, and digital leadership.
With the emergence of digital marketing technologies, marketing has become a highly scientific, data-driven and interdisciplinary practice. The rapid growth in areas such as behavioral targeting, social media marketing, mobile marketing, demand generations, marketing analytics, marketing automation, and marketing operations has created a significant demand for highly trained and experienced marketing professionals.
The MS in Marketing program is designed to provide a flexible and well-rounded curriculum to accommodate students with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences. Throughout the program, you’ll receive in-depth training in all areas of marketing, including strategy, innovation, branding, social media, market research, buyer behavior, product management and international marketing.
Experience-based learning is an integral component of the MS Marketing program. The program is grounded in providing real-world project experiences with the opportunity to acquire practical, hands-on knowledge to establish or further your career in the marketing profession.
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Requirements for Major
- 10 courses; 45 Quarter units
- 6 courses; 27 quarter units
An in-depth examination of marketing environments and the impact marketing activities have on organizational operations in competitive, global, multicultural business settings, the course discusses both domestic and international frameworks of the fundamental marketing functions of product, pricing, distribution, and promotion. It explores and analyzes modern marketing problems and solutions from conceptual, legal, social, and ethical perspectives. It explains marketing information systems and the use of advanced technologies in marketing decision making.
Prerequisite: MKT 602
An in-depth study of how psychological, sociological, and cultural variables influence buying behavior and marketing strategy development. It focuses on identifying the relevant behavioral variables in a given product purchase situation and determining how marketing strategy can be adapted to meet the ways in which consumers perceive, select, and buy. It uses advanced cases and a field study project.
Prerequisite: MKT 602
A study of strategic planning and organizing for international marketing, researching global markets, marketing consumer products, industrial products, and services in the world market, the course explores the international advertising and promotion effort, personal selling and personnel management, pricing, distribution systems, export trade mechanics and logistics, financial requirements for international marketing, and coordinating and controlling global operations. It also discusses the effect of trade agreements on international business.
Prerequisite: MKT 602
An examination of principles and techniques of market research with emphasis on quantitative applications, this course focuses on defining organizational information needs and designing appropriate research methods to obtain information. It covers qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, secondary research, internal market intelligence systems, and data analysis.
Prerequisite: MKT 602
This course covers how mobile marketing is defining business today, including strategy, tracking ROI, advertising, applications and mobile websites. From text messaging to QR codes, consumer interactions with mobile devices, and the laws and ethics of mobile marketing are explored in this course.
Prerequisite: MKT 602; MKT 620; MKT 631 and MKT 634
Students will participate in a group simulation activity and will have hands on “live” experience, making strategic marketing decisions that affect the business viability. Students master the marketing concepts of production, channels of distribution, branding, promotion, segmentation, targeting, pricing and competition as they make decisions that affect the future profitability of the business entity.
- 4 courses; 18 quarter units
Students must select four (4) of the following elective courses.
This course presents a customer-oriented view of operations within an organization. Guided by the organization’s strategic plan, operations deliver the products and services to the customers. This course explores how this delivery is accomplished with efficiency and effectiveness. Components of the course include issues of quality, physical design, and systems management.
An analysis of the global economic, political, and cultural factors affecting international business, this course provides an overview of international trade and investment theory, the pros and cons of protectionism, the global financial environment, and the role of the multinational corporation. It analyzes international sourcing, marketing, and strategic management for global business.
Recommended: Prior completion of: MNS 601
In this course, students study the price system, market structure, and consumer theory as they apply to managers in a variety of decision-making environments. This course covers the use of mathematical and economic decision-making tools for determining optimal levels of output, resource usage, and capacity planning.
This course studies the impact of country-specific cultural, economic and legal factors on the theory and practice of managing multinational corporations. Case studies focusing on North American, Latin American, European and Asian settings are used to illustrate the feasibility of adapting and combining different national management styles in the operations of domestic and multinational corporations.
Supply Chain Collaboration focuses on aligning business processes and goals between firms within the supply chain toward improving the performance of all members. This course presents the eight managerial processes at the strategic and operational levels, first within the firm and then between firms. Successful Supply Chain Collaboration requires cross-functional integration, right-sizing of partnerships and correct adoption of performance measures, which will be studied in depth with attention to practical applications and deployment techniques.
A seminar-style course covering trends and new areas of interest in international business with a focus on country and regional business environments. Examples of topics covered are: Assessing and analyzing international markets based on cultural, country risk, taxation, government intervention and other factors that facilitate or hinder doing business in specific locations; business ethics in international environments; economic integration in Europe and South America, etc. Students with an international background are encouraged to share their knowledge of specific national business environments.
This course provides a foundation of theory and practice for managing the successful use of project or program approaches to complete work in organizations. Students explore a wide-variety of projects and programs. Specific topics include the definition and application of these approaches, development of work plans, and measurement and evaluation of results.
Covers IMC process for creating and fostering relationships with customers and public through strategically controlling or influencing messages sent to and exchanged with these groups. Course teaches effective integration of an organization’s marketing communication initiatives. Through case analysis, students learn how IMC has become critical to marketing efforts.
Examine the cross-border operations of multinational companies focusing on country assessment and market entry, market research, segmentation, marketing mix adaptation, outsourcing and global Corporate Social Responsibility. Also includes the role of exchange rates, the mechanics and institutional structure of global trade and payments, as well as the role of social media in global operations. Students will prepare an applied international business project
Degree and Course Requirements
To receive a Master of Science in Marketing, students must complete 45 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 4.5 quarter units of transferred, graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work ended, as it applies to this degree and if the units not used in earning another advanced degree.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Analyze important terminology, concepts, principles, theories, analytic techniques, and facts used in the field of marketing for effective decision-making.
- Integrate Marketing with various functions of business organization to create, capture, and deliver value.
- Apply digital tools in developing marketing strategies, organizational communication, business operations, and customer relations.
- Apply ethical problems within marketing and business situations, choose a resolution, and justify that ethical choice.
- Develop a global strategic marketing plan that addresses the global forces in the business environment of a firm.
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