Master of Science in Marketing

A broad-scope program designed to develop students for a successful career in marketing, presenting all aspects of the field.

ProGRAM Highlights

Taught by leading professors and practitioners, the MS in marketing integrates theory and application to prepare you for a successful career in the field, considered by many to be the bedrock of business. Students will be equipped for success in a range of organizations including for-profit businesses, nonprofit firms, or marketing and advertising agencies. Golden Gate University alumni are successful marketing professionals in sectors ranging from health care to financial services to technology, with both business-to-business and business-to- consumer companies, in the traditional and digital world.

Golden Gate University prepares students for careers in marketing by providing them the theoretical and practical knowledge they will need to distinguish themselves. With a Master of Science in Marketing, students gain the tools necessary to manage all aspects of marketing, from marketing strategy to marketing research and communications via a variety of media.

Since our faculty are marketing professionals with years of experience in the field, students are exposed to time-tested marketing techniques and up-to-the-moment marketing innovations. Students learn how to design and execute a professional marketing plan, keeping in mind target audiences, budgets, market research, and the overall brand message. Course offerings are varied, so students can customize their course of study to their interests. The degree can be completed in person or online.


Upon completion of the Master of Science in Marketing, successful students will be able to:
  • Design, compile, and produce a professional-quality marketing plan
  • Design, deploy, analyze, and report a marketing research survey
  • Carry out an effective search for secondary information on marketing subjects
  • Create the overall structure of an integrated marketing communications plan
  • Create a professional-quality competitive analysis
  • Compile a marketing budget
  • Work effectively in teams

And be knowledgeable about:
  • Marketing strategy and tactical implementation
  • Market segmentation, targeting, positioning, and differentiation
  • Brand and product management
  • Distribution channels and value chains
  • The concept of integrated marketing communications and its implementation
  • Pricing methods
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Applications of marketing concepts in varied contexts such as for-profit, non-profit, product, service, business to business, business to consumer, internet, and global.


Ageno School of Business Courses: $2,610 per 3-unit course

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.


This program is offered at the following locations: San Francisco , Online .

Student Success rates

Fall 2007 Master of Science in Marketing starters success over a 5 year period:
Graduation rate after 3 years
Graduation rate after 5 years
Continuing after 5 years
Stopped taking classes
88% 88% 0% 12%


The master of science degree in integrated marketing communications requires completion of 45 semester units in the foundation and advanced programs. Nine of those units are in the foundation program and can be satisfied at Golden Gate University, or through transfer credit from undergraduate or graduate courses completed at other accredited institutions. Students may be admitted to advanced program courses before completion of the entire foundation program, but must complete the foundation program by the time that 12 units have been earned in the advanced program. With the approval of the program director, students with sufficient backgrounds in the subjects covered by required courses may substitute other courses.

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to the master of science in integrated marketing communications degree program must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement within the first nine units of the program by successfully passing the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam or by completing ENGL 201, Graduate Writing, with a grade of B or better.

Math Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to:

Intermediate Algebra


Foundation Program -- 12 units

Accounting for Managers
ECON 202
Economics for Managers
FI 203
Financial Analysis for Managers
MATH 240
Data Analysis for Managers

Advanced Program -- 33 units

Core Courses -- 15 units
MKT 300
Marketing Management
MGT 300
Managerial Analysis and Team Dynamics
MKT 305
Integrated Marketing Communications
MKT 336
Marketing Research
MKT 337
Marketing Strategy and Planning (must be taken as part of the final 12 units of the advanced program)

Required Courses -- 15 units

Any five 300-level courses with MKT or PR prefix

Elective -- 3 units

Any 300-level course for a total of 3 units. Consult the advisors in the Department of Marketing and Public Relations for recommended courses.


Golden Gate University's instructors are what sets us apart from similar institutions. Most of our faculty are professionals working in their fields of expertise. They bring their firsthand experiences and knowledge to the classroom, incorporating cutting-edge practices from the business and legal communities.

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