Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications

FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Visit the Admissions page for general FAQs related to the application process, tuition, financial aid and more.

You can view and download the Master of Professional Studies Handbook here.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Do you offer any online classes?
Do you offer weekend courses?
How many students are in each class?
What is the timeline for graduation?
How do the specialization tracks in the curriculum work?
Can you transfer into the program from another MPS program, such as Public Relations & Corporate Communications or Journalism? If so, how?
Do you offer internship placements?
Could you tell me about the faculty?
Can I visit the campus and meet with staff?

ONLINE FORMAT-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Is there any difference between the online and on-campus format?
What does an online course format look like?
Will all on-campus courses be available in the online format?
When will these courses be available in the online format?
Can I take both online and on-campus formats during my time in the program?
Will the faculty be the same for both the online and on-campus courses?
Will the admissions process be the same for both the online and on-campus formats?
How can I determine if my state or country of residence is eligible for the online format?
Can I transfer from being an on-campus student to an online student?


PROGRAM-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Do you offer any online classes?

Integrated Marketing Communications is offered in two different formats: on campus and online. Classes for the on-campus program take place at 640 Massachusetts Avenue, with occasional lectures and assignments offered in a virtual setting. The online program is completely virtual, and students participate in all lectures and assignments directly from their computers. Students currently enrolled in our on-campus program who are interested in transferring to the online program may contact the program directly at mpsimc@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-8700.

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Do you offer weekend courses?

We do not offer courses on the weekends. Our courses are currently offered in the evenings during the week, Monday–Thursday.

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How many students are in each class?

Typically, classes are limited to 20–25 students.

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What is the timeline for graduation?

It generally takes part-time students about two years to complete this master’s program; full-time students can complete the program in about four semesters (16 calendar months).

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How do the specialization tracks in the curriculum work?

IMC is already specialized within the field of communications. Students have the freedom to select their own electives once they have completed the required courses.

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Can you transfer into the program from another MPS program, such as Public Relations & Corporate Communications or Journalism? If so, how?

Up to six credits can be transferred, subject to the dean’s approval. We will need your transcript, the course descriptions, and the syllabi.

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Do you offer internship placements?

The Integrated Marketing Communications program does not offer direct internship placements. However, because we have relationships with many organizations, we announce internship and job opportunities in our weekly newsletter.

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Could you tell me about the faculty?

Our faculty members are well-respected professionals from the communications industry. They are selected based on their expertise and level of experience.

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Can I visit the campus and meet with staff?

Absolutely. But please contact us first to schedule your visit and arrange meetings. You can also schedule a class visit to get a firsthand experience of what our program offers.

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ONLINE FORMAT-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Is there any difference between the online and on-campus format?

The learning outcomes are the same for both online and on-campus. The format for how the course is delivered is the only difference. The online format is the same as on-campus, only designed for students who prefer learning in a flexible online community and/or are not located in the D.C. metro area. 

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What does an online course format look like?

In most cases, courses in the online format will run the full semester:15 weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters and 13 weeks in the Summer semester. 

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Will all on-campus courses be available in the online format?

To date, we will offer the following courses in the online format:

  • Conversations About Ethics
  • IMC Campaign Planning
  • Consumer Research & Insights
  • The Brand Concept
  • The Creative Brief
  • In Search of the Big Idea
  • Content Strategy
  • The Management of IMC
  • Innovations in IMC
  • Collaboration Lab
  • Capstone

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When will these courses be available in the online format?

Launching in Fall 2016, the IMC program will roll out its online courses over five semesters. This means that each semester, two courses will be launched in its online format. The full suite of online courses will be available in Spring 2018.

We are starting in Fall 2016 with the launch of Conversations About Ethics and Consumer Research & Insights. The additional course launch schedule is below. Please note that these are subject to change based on the requirements of the instructional design process.

  • Fall 2016: Conversations About Ethics & Consumer Research & Insights
  • Spring 2017: IMC Campaign Planning & The Brand Concept
  • Summer 2017: The Creative Brief & In Search of the Big Idea
  • Fall 2017: The Management of IMC & Innovations in IMC
  • Spring 2018: Content Strategy, Collaboration Lab, & Capstone

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Can I take both online and on-campus formats during my time in the program?

Yes, with approval from the Dean. To start this process, please contact IMC Program Staff at mpsimc@georgetown.edu. However, for your planning purposes, please note that the full suite of online courses will not be available until Spring 2018. 

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Will the faculty be the same for both the online and on-campus courses?

IMC selects experts in their particular field to teach all our courses, whether on-campus or online. 

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Will the admissions process be the same for both the online and on-campus formats?

Yes, the admissions process and criteria are the same for students, regardless of the online or on-campus formats. 

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How can I determine if my state or country of residence is eligible for the online format?

Georgetown University is not yet able to offer online programs in every state for every online program. Please check your state or country’s eligibility on the Important Policies for Online Students page.

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Can I transfer from being an on-campus student to an online student?

Students have the ability to transfer primary modalities from being an “online-only” student to an “on-campus only” student, and vice versa. Please visit the Student Forms section of the Academic Affairs website. For your planning purposes, please note that the full suite of online courses will not be available until Spring 2018. Based on your current track, your time within the program may be extended.

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