Graduate Certificate in Marketing Communication
Whether developing a brand for a product or service in a business, or for development of donors at a non-profit, the role of marketing communication will always be important.
This certificate has been fine-tuned over many years, with the help of industry experts, employers and alumni to deliver a robust foundation in the craft and strategy of marketing communication. The curriculum includes immersion in: reputation management; integrated marketing communication strategy; and brand management - plus elective courses to customize your credential for maximum career impact.
If you are currently working in marketing communication, or wish to change lanes into that area, this certificate will allow you to gain knowledge and credibility through a stand-alone credential in Marketing Communication.
Part-time graduate certificate program
- Evening courses designed for working professionals
- Complete at your own pace taking one or more courses per term
Graduate Certificate in Marketing Communication
The Graduate Certificate in Marketing Communication provides:
- Coursework focused on influencing markets and consumers to drive business results
- Curriculum developed in partnership with industry experts and employers
- Elective offerings to further customize your learning
- Flexible scheduling designed for working professionals
- Option to apply graduate certificate credits to a St. Thomas Flex MBA degree
Curriculum and Course Descriptions
15 credits total
Required Courses (9 credits)
This course expands upon basic marketing theory, focusing on strategic planning and decision making as it applies to the product/brand manager. It offers a practical, structured approach to developing product/brand management skills and emphasizes learning through hands-on application of the concepts covered. Develop your skills in the formulation, execution and evaluation of the effectiveness of product/brand strategies and tactics through the use of extensive case studies, applied exercises and, in some sections, a product management computer simulation of the role of the product/brand manager. Prerequisite: MKTG 600 or MKTG 625.
A broad overview of the role of marketing communications processes and the wide range of communications activities used in selling/promoting products and services. Specific topics include: advertising, public relations, sales promotions, direct marketing and the strategies that drive them. A combination of readings, cases and application exercises will be used to develop a strategic perspective and an understanding of the need for an integrated communications plan. Prerequisite: MKTG 600 or MKTG 625.
A consideration of communication principles and practice necessary to manage the perceptions of corporations and products in the evolving landscape of traditional and social media. An exploration of how employee, investor, community, government and organization communication practices and engagement strategies differ from each other, yet are used together to communicate a consistent organizational message. Case histories focus on reputation management: issues and programs; how research, planning, communication and measurement are applied; and the roles of communication and management to successfully build and maintain positive reputations.
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Explores the literature of creativity, the study of creative persons and their contributions to society, and the process by which creative ideas are produced and communicated. Active participation in strategies for actualizing the creative potential of individuals and groups is an essential part of the course.
Focuses on aligning organizational and communications strategies with current and emerging communications technologies, including first generation internet applications such as email, chat and web sites, along with the suite of web 2.0 (i.e. "social media") tools. Activities include lectures, readings, case studies, projects and guest speakers.
A selected survey of theory and research on social influence and persuasion, drawing primarily from work in the social sciences. Students are provided with a conceptual foundation upon which to develop their own skills and techniques for increasing message persuasiveness, instigating behavioral and attitude change, and protecting oneself from unwanted persuasion. Topics covered have broad applicability both within and outside business contexts but relate particularly to issues in marketing, sales and management. The course utilizes a variety of approaches, including lecture, case analysis and both instructor- and student-led discussion.
The mix of strategies available for integrated communication programs includes diverse writing styles and formats. Students will analyze and be exposed to writing across the strategic spectrum, focusing on various forms of corporate and marketing communication for both internal and external audiences. Participants will gain extensive experience in strategic writing by preparing written materials based on actual organizational communication needs and realistic case histories.
The course will emphasize the development of an advertising plan and message strategy as part of the overall marketing effort, including the development of creative and media planning. Students will apply principles to actual practice in class projects. Guest speakers supplement text content with actual cases.