Marketing is a dynamic field where you can make a real impact, creating powerful brands that influence people and grow organizations. It's also a field that moves at light speed thanks to the rise of digital media. To stay on top of trends and seize new opportunities, you need up-to-the-moment skills and knowledge. Our Graduate Certificate in Marketing will keep you ahead of the curve in this new digital-first marketing reality, whether you're new to the field or looking to advance in your current marketing role.

Graduate Certificate in Marketing Program Overview

  • Program Structure: 4–5 courses
  • Class Schedule: Monday–Thursday evenings at 5:20 p.m. and 7:30 p.m
  • Time to Complete: 8 months when studying full-time and 8 months–3 years when studying part-time

Part-time Graduate Certificate | Typical program timeline

*Course offerings vary per semester. 
*Starts in September or January. May be completed at a flexible pace but is usually completed in three semesters.

Full-time Graduate Certificate for international students | Typical program timeline

*Course offerings vary per semester.
*Typically starts in September or January. May be completed in eight months (two semesters) to be F-1 visa compliant.

Unique Features


available formats

12 to 15

Credits toward an eligible master's degree

The business learning you need

The business learning you need Opens in Modal
  • Develop critical marketing skills with immediate impact—apply what you're learning on the job or boost your resume for new opportunities
  • Learn innovative marketing strategies for the digital age—informed by Northeastern's signature focus on the tech economy
  • Take an additional elective beyond the required 12 credits to expand your knowledge base (for part-time, on-campus learners only)
  • Build your confidence and acumen through Northeastern's practice-oriented approach to learning—spearheaded by world-class faculty with years of industry experience
  • Get expert career guidance from experienced career counselors in Northeastern's office of Employer Engagement and Design
  • Build the foundation for a future degree from Northeastern—you may be able to apply the credits you earn in your certificate to an eligible master's degree at D'Amore-McKim or the College of Professional Studies

The student experience


  • English language proficiency: English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D'Amore-McKim classrooms. For more information, review our admissions policies.
  • GMAT Required? No.
  • Where do I apply? Learn more here.
  • Interview required? Upon request.
  • Eligible for International Student Visa? Yes. This program is F-1 visa compliant.

Helpful Guides

Application Checklist

Need guidance on completing your application? The application checklist provides step-by-step instructions and tips from our admissions team.

Personal Statement Guide

Need guidance in composing the personal statement for your application? The essay guide will help you organize your thoughts and draft your copy.

Full-Time Graduate Certificates (F-1 Visa Compliant)

2024 Application DeadlinesDecision NotificationsClasses Begin
Oct. 5Rolling BasisJanuary
Nov. 9*Rolling BasisJanuary
Dec. 7Rolling BasisJanuary
Jan. 25Rolling BasisSeptember
Mar. 21Rolling BasisSeptember
May 9*Rolling BasisSeptember
Jun. 7Rolling BasisSeptember
Jul. 3Rolling BasisSeptember
Aug. 1Rolling BasisSeptember
*May 9 deadline is the final deadline for international candidates who require a new F-1 visa

Part-Time Graduate Certificates

2023-2024 Application DeadlinesDecision NotificationsClasses Begin
Oct. 4, 2023Rolling BasisJanuary
Nov. 9, 2023Rolling BasisJanuary
Dec. 7, 2023Rolling BasisJanuary
Jan. 25, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
Mar. 21, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
May 9, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
Jun. 7, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
Jul. 3, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
Aug. 1, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember


Northeastern Student Financial Services publishes the tuition rates for Graduate Certificates. Under the “Graduate Programs” section, the cost per credit appears next to “D'Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”

Financial Aid

Northeastern offers resources to help you finance your graduate education, and the Student Financial Services team will guide you through your options. Please visit the Graduate Financial Aid page.

Once you are a student, your financial aid advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions, point you to resources and provide valuable insight as you navigate the financial commitments of your program.


Northeastern University has a variety of scholarships. You may qualify for funding support as an alum, U.S. servicemember, or veteran.

Application Fee Waivers

D'Amore-McKim offers application fee waivers to applicants that meet specific criteria. You can review the policy on the Graduate Application FAQ web page.

The D'Amore-McKim School of Business community stands with our university and its leadership in our dedication to cultivating equity and inclusion for all humankind. Understanding and solving our problems requires constant interaction among people who bring their own diverse contexts and experiences to the conversation. Therefore, we must be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that values the uniqueness of its members, recognizes the power and importance of diversity in our own and surrounding communities, and ensures their engaged participation.

Graduate Student Clubs  

There are numerous university-wide and D'Amore-McKim-affiliated student groups that you may wish to join, and several are grounded in building inclusive communities and resiliency. Many of our graduate business students participate in the Graduate Students of Color Collective, Grad Q, and Out in Business.

Campus Resources

Participate in community-building programs, lectures, and events offered by Northeastern's cultural centers representing a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, Office of Global Services, and many more.


You can study for your Graduate Certificate in Marketing full-time or part-time.

In all formats, you'll be learning from renowned faculty—many of whom are industry leaders, leading consultants, or founders of startups—and you'll study alongside a diverse group of students with a mix of industry and academic backgrounds.

Through one required core course and three or four electives, you'll learn how technology is transforming the field of marketing, how to leverage digital tools to communicate effectively with an audience, and how to put your customer at the center of your marketing strategy. You'll dive into topics such as . . .

  • Brand management
  • Technology and social media
  • Marketing research
  • Consumer behavior
  • Marketing analysis
  • Planning and strategy
  • Innovation

Choose Your Format

Study on our Boston campus and complete the program in eight months. Full-time study is F-1 visa compliant.

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