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Brand Yourself as a Marketing Professional

Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communication

Boost Your Communications Career with a Comprehensive Certificate

From developing a brand for a new product, to building loyalty among current customers, or attracting donors to support a non-profit, the role of marketing communication is critical for any successful business. Be prepared to tackle high-stakes marketing communication projects with an Integrated Marketing Communication certificate from St. Thomas.

Whether you’re currently working in marketing communication and hope to refresh your skills, or want to build expertise and begin working in communications, move your career forward with this certificate. You’ll gain a foundational understanding of the impact and application of marketing communication and reputation management. Plus, develop strategic knowledge and practical skills in areas such as brand management, advertising and promotion, persuasion and creativity, and organizational communication.

The Integrated Marketing Communication certificate can provide you with up-to-date knowledge and credibility in this ever-evolving field. Based on a holistic business communication approach, our immersive curriculum balances technical skills with real-world application. This certificate has been fine-tuned over many years with input from industry experts, employers and alumni to provide you with currently applicable skills and abilities.

Complete the program at your own pace by taking evening courses on our downtown Minneapolis campus. Convenient for working professionals, our flexible program can be completed in a year or longer – based on your individual needs and schedule. You can earn this certificate on its own, or apply your credits to a St. Thomas MBA.

Median Annual Wage

The median annual wage for advertising and promotions managers was $106,130 in May 2017.  
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

7 in 10

In 2018, 7 in 10 employers plan to hire business school graduates to fill marketing roles. 
Source: 2018 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey Report

Communication skills

Employers rank communication skills as most important when hiring business graduates
Source: 2017 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey Report

Program Overview

  • Format & Schedule
  • Admission Requirements
  • Degree Programs
  • Career Impact
  • Format & Schedule

    The Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communication program includes both required and elective courses that you can complete at your own pace. Take one or more evening courses per term to complete this program in as few as 12 months, or go at a slower pace. You can also earn the certificate as you pursue an MBA from St. Thomas. Students are required to earn 15 – 16.5 credits:
    • 1 prerequisite course*
    • 2 required courses
    • 3 elective courses

    *Students who are pursuing the graduate certificate and are not current MBA students may be eligible to waive this course.

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    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in any subject
    • Application form and essays
    • 2 years’ work experience recommended. Related professional experience is valuable, but not required
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    Degree Programs

    Consider applying your graduate certificate courses and credits toward a St. Thomas MBA program. Earning both a graduate degree and a graduate certificate is a great way to get ahead in your career. Not sure if you want a graduate degree? You have time to mull it over. Start the graduate certificate program now and roll your credits into a degree program later if you want to.

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    Career Impact

    Show your boss you’re ready for bigger, better projects or prove to potential employers that you’d be a valuable asset to their marketing team with a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communication.

    See Career Impact

    Format & Schedule

    The Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communication program includes both required and elective courses that you can complete at your own pace. Take one or more evening courses per term to complete this program in as few as 12 months, or go at a slower pace. You can also earn the certificate as you pursue an MBA from St. Thomas. Students are required to earn 15 – 16.5 credits:
    • 1 prerequisite course*
    • 2 required courses
    • 3 elective courses

    *Students who are pursuing the graduate certificate and are not current MBA students may be eligible to waive this course.

    See Career Impact

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in any subject
    • Application form and essays
    • 2 years’ work experience recommended. Related professional experience is valuable, but not required
    See Career Impact

    Degree Programs

    Consider applying your graduate certificate courses and credits toward a St. Thomas MBA program. Earning both a graduate degree and a graduate certificate is a great way to get ahead in your career. Not sure if you want a graduate degree? You have time to mull it over. Start the graduate certificate program now and roll your credits into a degree program later if you want to.

    See Career Impact

    Career Impact

    Show your boss you’re ready for bigger, better projects or prove to potential employers that you’d be a valuable asset to their marketing team with a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communication.

    See Career Impact

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    Featured Courses

    Integrated Marketing Communication

    Get 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. Develop a strategic perspective and an understanding of the need for an integrated communication plan.

     

    Reputation Management

    Study the communication principles and practices necessary to manage a company’s or product’s reputation in the evolving landscape of traditional and social media. Explore how employee, investor, community, government and organizational communication practices and engagement strategies differ from each other, yet are used together to communicate a consistent organizational message.

    Brand Management

    This course expands upon basic marketing theory, focusing on strategic planning and decision making. It offers a practical, structured approach to developing product/brand management skills and emphasizes learning through hands-on application. Develop your skills in the formulation, execution and evaluation of the effectiveness of product/brand strategies and tactics using extensive case studies and applied exercises.

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