Chart your future by building essential marketing skills—in just four or five courses.

The Graduate Certificate in Marketing— designed for U.S. and international students who can commit to eight months of full-time study—can help position you to stay ahead in a field that is constantly evolving by becoming an adaptable, forward-thinking marketer.    

At Northeastern, we’re laser-focused on the tech economy—that means you’ll get the most relevant, cutting-edge perspective on digital marketing tools and trends. You’ll interact with students and faculty from a wide range of backgrounds and work experiences so you can truly develop a global mindset.

A focused curriculum to help you achieve your goals

The full-time program is F-1 visa compliant for international students. This may make you eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), allowing you to work in the United States for up to a year after your studies are complete.

Students will take one core course and three electives on our Boston campus. Many of our students also choose to take an additional elective to deepen their learning experience. Evening classes run Monday through Thursday, and you can choose from 5:20 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. class times, completing the program in just two semesters.

Earning your certificate is a great way to get the skills you need immediately and also pave the way toward a future master’s degree, should you decide to take that path later on. The credits you earn may be applied to one of Northeastern’s eligible master’s degree programs, including the Part-Time MBA and the Online MBA.

Curriculum

Required Course

Focuses on marketing analysis and planning. Emphasizes analysis of customer needs and company and competitor capabilities. This analysis forms the basis of a sound marketing strategy that provides value to customers in a way superior to competitors. Discusses how to deliver this strategy through the development of an integrated marketing program covering product offerings, pricing, promotion, and distribution.
MKTG 6200 | 3 credits

Electives (Select 3 or 4)

Develops understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the international marketing executive, the decision-making process in marketing goods abroad, and the environmental forces—economic, cultural, and political—affecting the marketing process in the international marketplace.
MKTG 6212 | 3 credits
Focuses on the challenges and decisions new-product managers face as they take ideas through the new-product-development process. Companies need to create, develop, and market new products and services continually to compete effectively in a rapidly changing environment. Provides an overview of the new-product-development process, with an emphasis on customer involvement in this process. Provides detailed insights on such topics as new-product strategy, idea generation, idea selection and evaluation, concept development and testing, product development and testing, and market testing.
MKTG 6214 | 3 credits
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Covers the intersection of customer research with product design, specifically lean design and how to map abstract attributes that customers seek into concrete product designs that can actually be built. Other topics include managing the technology business interface, creating product teams, and drafting product development plans. Open to first-year graduate students.
TECE 6250 | 3 credits
Offers an advanced course in defining and managing an organization’s product-market strategy. Intended for marketing specialists and nonspecialists interested in incorporating a market focus from a general management or consulting perspective. Emphasizes using market information to choose and manage the company’s relationships with customers and competitors in a complex, changing environment, as well as the practical concerns of implementing and evaluating marketing strategy. 
MKTG 6216 | 3 credits
Provides students with knowledge of management needs and techniques associated with the service sector of the economy. Includes understanding the differences between goods and service marketing, and how these differences influence marketing strategy and the tactical design of marketing mix variables. Assists in understanding the difference between tangible goods and services, differences in the consumer evaluation process between goods and services, special marketing problems created by the differences between goods and services, and strategies that address the unique problems in service marketing. 
MKTG 6218 | 3 credits
Explores the latest trends in technology and new media, their effect on marketing goods and services, and how to deliver value to the customer using the latest technological innovations. Examines the latest trends in digital marketing, such as mobile marketing, and how the mobile platform can be used for branding purposes and to enhance customer relationships. Explores topics such as branding and advertising via mobile phones, online social networks and communities, technology adoption in global emerging markets, and how the Internet empowers customers and enables firms to engage in customer advocacy. Also examines how marketing research is conducted for technological innovations and ethical concerns that arise with technology usage, such as privacy and security issues, identity theft, and the role of trust in digital marketing.
MKTG 6222 | 3 credits
Offers students an opportunity to obtain an in-depth understanding of the brand-building process amid radical changes in today’s marketing communications platforms. Exposes students to concepts, frameworks, and theories critical to developing branding and advertising strategy in the twenty-first century, including brand positioning, target audiences definition, creative advertising, integrated marketing communications, the influence of social media, and assessing marketing and media effectiveness. 
MKTG 6223 | 3 credits
Covers business-to-business marketing and the key roles of managing relationships with large buyers, going to market, and the sales organization. Begins with an understanding of why and how firms, institutions, and organizations purchase products and services and the importance of the multifunctional buying center. Covers a proven selling process and presents compelling solutions to customers. Going-to-market topics include managing value-added resellers and distributors. Intended for all interested in marketing: future product managers who must rely on the sales force and distributors to introduce new products and promotions, future sales managers, and marketing executives who must manage the marketing-sales interface.
MKTG 6224 | 3 credits
Focuses on the consumer as the key element of marketing strategy and application. Explores demographic, lifestyle, social, and cultural trends and their impact on consumer attitudes, motivations, and behavior. Other topics include group dynamics, family, learning, personality, and emotions and their impact on the business world. Offers an in-depth look at the consumer decision process as a model to guide the planning and evaluation of marketing strategies.
MKTG 6226 | 3 credits
Offers an in-depth examination of selected issues and problems in marketing that are of current interest to faculty and students. Specific topics alternate depending on faculty availability and interest as well as student enrollment criteria.
MKTG 6260 | 3 credits

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Course offerings may vary by semester.