Master's in Integrated Marketing Communications

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MPMC-726-01

Mastering Money for Marketers

Marketing consistently attracts the brightest and best creative individuals around the world. What holds many marketing professionals back, however, is the ability to manage, navigate and speak the language of finance. This weakness, lack of knowledge, or lack of experience holds back some of the best marketers. Worse, these talented marketing professionals can be shamed (intentionally or unintentionally) or sidelined by the finance department, investors, or board members. For entrepreneurs who are running marketing companies, this lack of ability can translate into less working capital as banks and investors feel the person doesn’t know finance. This course will teach marketing professionals both the skills and language to navigate and flourish in regard to finances. The course builds into every creative person a full knowledge of basic and advanced financial concepts. With practical tools given as a part of the course, you will be able to construct and manage a financial plan including three-year forecasts, P&L;, Income, Balance Sheets, and budgets. Also taught will be company valuation, net present value of future debt, stock valuations and shareholder strategies, among other financial terms and knowledge.

  • Course #: MPMC-726-01
  • CRN: 42433
  • Instructor: Lindsay, J.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Thu 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-706-01

Building your Creative Muscle

Ever wonder how ideas are generated? Ever been intimidated by a blank page? These insights and more may be gleaned from, “Building Your Creative Muscle." Creativity is an essential but often overlooked or misunderstood resource. Every person has his or her own creative tendencies and capacity, but many marketing and communications professionals lack the necessary confidence, experience, techniques, and habits to effectively harness their innate creativity. This course will instill an appreciation of and framework for applying creativity in your daily work by examining the topic at length and in myriad formats. We’ll identify the core concepts of creativity, examine and compare different techniques to generate it, and develop the discipline to turn down some ideas in favor of new and better ones. We will also explore how creativity is harnessed in different settings and careers.

  • Course #: MPMC-706-01
  • CRN: 41980
  • Instructor: Ney, J.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Thu 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-900-01

Capstone

During this final course, students will apply the comprehensive skills they have built throughout their study of the concept and practice of integrated marketing communications. After identifying and securing a company or organization of their choosing, students will respond to a marketing communications challenge by creating a well-researched, creative, integrated plan that exemplifies their development as IMC professionals. Students will be able to choose clients based on their personal interests or aimed at continuing the social impact mission of the program. Consumer research is the heart of the IMC planning process and students are required to develop their creative insights from original research. Throughout the semester, multiple forms of assessment—including quick-fire challenges, written projects, an ethical response paper, a final plan, and a strategy pitch—track and evaluate each student's level of competency in all IMC program learning goals.

Note: Students must have completed the core and foundation courses (MPMC 500, 600, 602 and 603) to register for this course. Students may only take this course in their final semester within the program. A minimum grade of "B" is required to pass.

  • Course #: MPMC-900-01
  • CRN: 31963
  • Instructor: Zajack, W.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-900-02

Capstone

During this final course, students will apply the comprehensive skills they have built throughout their study of the concept and practice of integrated marketing communications. After identifying and securing a company or organization of their choosing, students will respond to a marketing communications challenge by creating a well-researched, creative, integrated plan that exemplifies their development as IMC professionals. Students will be able to choose clients based on their personal interests or aimed at continuing the social impact mission of the program. Consumer research is the heart of the IMC planning process and students are required to develop their creative insights from original research. Throughout the semester, multiple forms of assessment—including quick-fire challenges, written projects, an ethical response paper, a final plan, and a strategy pitch—track and evaluate each student's level of competency in all IMC program learning goals.

Note: Students must have completed the core and foundation courses (MPMC 500, 600, 602 and 603) to register for this course. Students may only take this course in their final semester within the program. A minimum grade of "B" is required to pass.

  • Course #: MPMC-900-02
  • CRN: 40759
  • Instructor: Ferry, L.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-840-01

Cause Consulting

Cause Consulting is a signature course in the PRCC program. It offers a cohort of students an applied learning experience by working collaboratively in small consulting teams to refine and implement communications plans for social impact clients, such as nonprofits or socially responsible businesses. It's also an opportunity to explore students’ leadership potential to create positive social impact throughout their careers, as they go through a semester-long journey to become consultants. Students who complete the course are recognized with the designation of Cause Consultants, which allows them to participate in exclusive opportunities through the Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC).

Note: Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600 and 602 to register for this elective course. This course is cross listed with MPPR-900-01 and MPDC-891-01.

  • Course #: MPMC-840-01
  • CRN: 42874
  • Instructor: Trybus, J.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-600-01

Consumer Research & Insights

This course is a foundational component of the integrated marketing communications (IMC) program. The course builds student knowledge of research approaches and techniques, equipping them to keep consumer interests and needs at the center of integrated campaigns. Students will learn how to design, interpret, and apply primary and secondary research techniques used in campaign development, execution, and evaluation. Topics include how to locate and mine existing databases and resources; best practices for designing and executing surveys, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and observational studies; and how to incorporate digital tools and emerging technologies as part of an overall research plan. Focus will be placed on how to develop meaningful insights from research to guide audience segmentation and targeting, message strategies, creative development, and channel selection. The course combines textbook learning with real-world examples and applications so that students can experience research in practice.

Note: Foundation course requirement for the IMC program.

  • Course #: MPMC-600-01
  • CRN: 30310
  • Instructor: Copley, C.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-500-01

Conversations About Ethics

The process of educating the whole person starts with the study of ethics. The concept of IMC requires practitioners to look across multiple communications disciplines and consider each one’s unique challenges. At the same time, the practitioner holds the consumer’s wants and needs as the guiding force for planning. Looking at ethics through a professional lens, students are asked to explore their own values and are challenged to codify and commit to their own code of ethics in relation to a broad range of professional codes of conduct and best practices. Students will gain a solid foundation in ethics and relate what they learn to their own professional situation through class discussions, case studies, and guest lectures conducted by industry experts. This course is required for all MPS students and must be completed within the student's first few semesters in the program. Foundational concepts in ethics are woven throughout the program’s other courses and revisited throughout a student’s tenure.

Note: Core course requirement for the IMC program. As of Fall 2018, students must receive a grade of "B" or better in this course.

  • Course #: MPMC-500-01
  • CRN: 30306
  • Instructor: Boone, X.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-702-01

Customer-First IMC Strategy

In this course, students will learn to turn the corner from being tactical and creative professionals that develop successful IMC campaigns to becoming strategic managers that can drive successful IMC programs. To accomplish that goal, they will develop the skills to develop and manage IMC programs in alignment with an organization’s short- and long-term financial objectives, enabling them to participate successfully at a mid-to-senior level at a sophisticated corporation. A key concept that students will explore in detail is the concept of “customer centricity,” which lies at the heart of the IMC process — how we assess the value of customers and build IMC goals, objectives, strategies, tactics, and budgets with the aim of maximizing that value. In order to be able to utilize this concept effectively, students will also learn: · How to apply Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) analysis and read basic corporate financial statements. · How to apply the Goals-Objectives-Strategies-Tactics process to create actionable customer-centric IMC plans that align with organizational objectives. · How to develop supportable budgets that align with organizational objectives and can drive customer-centric IMC plans. · How to make effective IMC-related business decisions. In order to help students develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to achieve these goals, this course will employ readings from many sources, a number of case studies, a robust customer centricity simulation, and a final team project with a “live” client. Bonus: You’ll learn how to play backgammon. And, yes, there will be math. But not to worry, we’ll leave conjoint analysis and differentials out of the equations. The course was formerly called "The Management of IMC."

Note: Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600 & MPMC 602 to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-702-01
  • CRN: 42959
  • Instructor: Fiddler, R.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-878-01

Design for Communicators

This course teaches foundational and practical applications of visual communication in the digital environment. Students learn to apply basic typography, color strategies, digital imaging, and design principles to critiquing as well as creating visual content. Students should have basic working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to take this course. Please note that MPMC-720 Visual Communications and MPMC-878 Design for Communicators cover the same content. Students should not take both of these classes at any point. Visual Communications is only offered online and Design for Communicators is only offered on campus.

Note: Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600 & MPMC 602 to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-878-01
  • CRN: 38064
  • Instructor: Wang, X.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Thu 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

MPMC-806-01

Dig. Analytics & Measurement

This course examines the processes for gathering, interpreting, and presenting compelling digital data. Students will learn to use digital public opinion polling, specialized reports, social media platforms, digital analysis tools, and news aggregators to explain market research, audience trends, and social conversations. Students will also create data visualization tools to streamline data presentation into succinct, engaging formats.

Note: Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600 & MPMC 602 to register for this elective course. This course is cross-listed with MPPR-506-01 and MPJO-506-01.

  • Course #: MPMC-806-01
  • CRN: 30559
  • Instructor: Durand, N.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Thu 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-806-02

Dig. Analytics & Measurement

This course examines the processes for gathering, interpreting, and presenting compelling digital data. Students will learn to use digital public opinion polling, specialized reports, social media platforms, digital analysis tools, and news aggregators to explain market research, audience trends, and social conversations. Students will also create data visualization tools to streamline data presentation into succinct, engaging formats.

Note: Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600 and 602 to register for this elective course. This course is cross listed with MPPR-506-02 and MPDC-700-02.

  • Course #: MPMC-806-02
  • CRN: 42873
  • Instructor: Durand, N.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

MPMC-881-01

Digital Marketing

In this fast-paced course, we will examine the fundamentals of digital marketing. The course will provide a solid foundation for students to develop a cohesive digital marketing plan, including the strategies, tools and tactics that digital marketers employ. You will learn how to create a digital marketing strategy and translate that strategy into tactical objectives, goals, tasks, and measurements to build brand awareness, drive leads and awareness, and increase sales. Topics include online/display advertising, search engine marketing (organic and paid), social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing, mobile marketing and website development.

  • Course #: MPMC-881-01
  • CRN: 34613
  • Instructor: Jennings, J.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-727-01

Human-Centered Marketing

Retail magnate, John Wanamaker (1838-1922), once famously said, "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I don't know which half." Almost a century later, and despite all the advancements in effectiveness measurements, marketing technology, and marketing channels, various studies have shown the waste is still substantial. This experiential course introduces the notions of ‘’Human Centered Marketing” as a response to the marketing waste, or rather, as an insurance for Marketing effectiveness. As such, the course is a special application of design thinking process and human centered mindsets to marketing efforts in which the customer, or target of the marketing effort, is at the center of the effort’s design. They will participate, at every step, from the definition of our marketing challenge to ideation, prototyping, testing, and market launch planning. Students will serve a real client (selected by the instructor). They will take on their client’s marketing challenge. The students are expected to apply the design thinking process and the appropriate human centered mindsets to creation of their final marketing solution. The course will be run across multiple modalities. It will include ~4 weeks of class on campus (at various points throughout the term), ~6 weeks of remote synchronous sessions, and ~5 weeks of asynchronous modules. Only students who can commit to being on campus for the 4 in-person meetings should register for this course.

Note: This experiential course introduces the notions of ‘’Human-Centered Marketing” as a response to the marketing waste, or rather, as an insurance for Marketing effectiveness. As such, the course is a special application of the design thinking process and human-centered mindsets to marketing efforts in which the customer, or target of the marketing effort, is at the center of the effort’s design. They will participate, at every step, from the definition of our marketing challenge to ideation, prototyping, testing, and market launch planning. Students will organize as an agency to serve a real client. Note: This is a hybrid course taught online and on-ground. The online portion will be taught remote synchronously on Wednesdays 5:20-7:50 pm ET or asynchronously via modules. This course requires a total of four Saturday classes that will be held on the Georgetown SCS campus from 10a ET - 2p ET. Those dates are as follows: Jan 29, Feb 12, Feb 26, Apr 9.

  • Course #: MPMC-727-01
  • CRN: 43166
  • Instructor: Ghassemi, B.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
    • Sat 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Sat 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Sat 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Sat 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

MPMC-602-01

IMC Campaign Planning

In today's ever-fragmented media world, it's never been harder, or more important, to develop a strong, integrated brand strategy to connect with people. From soft drinks to computers to the presidential election campaigns, managing a brand relationship with your audience is critical. In this class, students will learn how strategies are developed and explore how different communications disciplines can and should work together. You will learn the principles and practice of developing an integrated marketing communications plan using the Georgetown model – a building block for success in MPS IMC and in your career. There will be an emphasis on thinking creatively and strategically about business problems, as well as the importance of humanity and intuition in a data-driven world.

Note: Foundation course requirement for the IMC program. A minimum grade of "B" is required to pass.

  • Course #: MPMC-602-01
  • CRN: 30313
  • Instructor: Bhargava, S.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-602-02

IMC Campaign Planning

In today's ever-fragmented media world, it's never been harder, or more important, to develop a strong, integrated brand strategy to connect with people. From soft drinks to computers to the presidential election campaigns, managing a brand relationship with your audience is critical. In this class, students will learn how strategies are developed and explore how different communications disciplines can and should work together. You will learn the principles and practice of developing an integrated marketing communications plan using the Georgetown model – a building block for success in MPS IMC and in your career. There will be an emphasis on thinking creatively and strategically about business problems, as well as the importance of humanity and intuition in a data-driven world.

Note: Foundation course requirement for the IMC program. A minimum grade of "B" is required to pass.

  • Course #: MPMC-602-02
  • CRN: 42071
  • Instructor: Bhargava, S.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

MPMC-773-01

MPS IMC Internship I

This one-credit course is designed to give credit for students doing an internship with an organization that requires them to receive credit. The internships should be substantive and have the goal of providing relevant industry experience, portfolio items or other professional work for students to use when looking for jobs. This course is also meant as a way to help support students who are doing internships. Students are expected to check in every week with the instructor about their experience so that the instructor can give guidance for the internship and for working within a professional organization.

Note: Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 & MPMC 602) to register for this elective course. Extensive, documented academic activity and experiential learning outside of the classroom is required. Program Approval is required. This course is cross-listed with MPJO-860-01 and MPPR-863-01.

  • Course #: MPMC-773-01
  • CRN: 33788
  • Instructor: Garcia, G.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-774-01

MPS IMC Internship II

Note: Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 & MPMC 602) as well as MPMC 773 Internship I to register for this elective course. Extensive, documented academic activity and experiential learning outside of the classroom is required. Program Approval is required. This course is cross-listed with MPJO-861-01 and MPPR-873-01.

  • Course #: MPMC-774-01
  • CRN: 33789
  • Instructor: Garcia, G.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-891-01

Personal Branding

Thought leadership and personal branding are two essential, yet often ambiguous ingredients in a career strategy. This course will arm students with the resources to evaluate, improve, and employ personal branding strategies for themselves and for key members of their organizational team. The course will discuss personal branding strategies in both digital and event contexts – including social media platforms, presentations, and networking opportunities.

Note: Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600 & MPMC 602 to register for this elective course. This course is cross listed with MPPR-891-01 and MPJO-891-01.

  • Course #: MPMC-891-01
  • CRN: 30326
  • Instructor: Blymire, C.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-603-01

The Brand Concept

What is a brand? What is the definition of a great brand? Why do some brands survive generation after generation while others fail after a short shelf life? This course will explore the core principles of branding. You will learn how brands compete in an environment full of choices for consumers, and the tactics they employ to be best in class. Using a consumer-centric approach, you will learn how to think critically and creatively about measuring, sustaining, building, and defending brands in today’s competitive environment.

Note: Foundation course requirement for the IMC program.

  • Course #: MPMC-603-01
  • CRN: 30316
  • Instructor: Lackritz, S.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPMC-603-02

The Brand Concept

What is a brand? What is the definition of a great brand? Why do some brands survive generation after generation while others fail after a short shelf life? This course will explore the core principles of branding. You will learn how brands compete in an environment full of choices for consumers, and the tactics they employ to be best in class. Using a consumer-centric approach, you will learn how to think critically and creatively about measuring, sustaining, building, and defending brands in today’s competitive environment.

Note: Foundation course requirement for the IMC program.

  • Course #: MPMC-603-02
  • CRN: 42072
  • Instructor: Santelli, R.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Thu 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM