Online Master's in Integrated Marketing Communications
Online Course Schedule for Spring 2024

07 Jun 12-1pm ET
Master's in Integrated Marketing Communications Webinar  

Business Communications

Successful communication skills have become a critical management tool to thrive and survive in today's increasingly complex and fast-moving business climate. This hands-on, practical course teaches students to analyze, develop, and effectively communicate via all forms of business writing, presenting, visual storytelling, leadership, client management, and negotiating. This course covers the challenges of communicating across global organizations as well as the role that listening and emotional intelligence play in creating effective communication strategies.

Note: Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600/5021 & MPMC 602/5022 to register for this elective course. This course is cross-listed with MPDC-7350-101 and MPPR-7350-101.

  • Course #: MPMC-7350-101
  • CRN: 40550
  • Instructor: Zajack, W.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


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-5021-101
  • CRN: 36226
  • Instructor: Copley, C.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


Content Strategy

In response to changing consumer expectations, marketing has become less about paid advertising and more about providing value-added content to attract and retain customers. It is no longer acceptable to speak at customers; rather, they expect to be engaged in conversation around topics that they are interested in. Moreover, the addition of new web-based and social channels has created demand for large amounts of new content. Students in this course will work with clients to develop content tailored to a specific target audience. They will learn how to create a cross-channel content plan and build a portfolio of content samples for web stories, social media, email newsletters, and other channels. Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600 or 5021 & MPMC 602 or 5022 to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-7150-101
  • CRN: 33786
  • Instructor: Franklin Parrish
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


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. A minimum grade of "B" is required to pass.

  • Course #: MPMC-5020-101
  • CRN: 41970
  • Instructor: Thomas, S.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


Dig. Analytics & Measurement

This course will provide students with a solid foundation and working knowledge of digital analytics strategies and tactics. Students will learn how to use leading digital analytics tools, how to gather data, how to turn data into insights, and how to present and communicate data-driven information to clients and executives. We will review digital analytics for websites, apps, social media, paid marketing, and other digital marketing channels. Students will also learn about Excel, competitive analysis frameworks and tools, A/B testing, attribution models and data visualization. Finally, this course will enhance the quantitative skills of students, by using and computing e.g. ROI, profit margins and paid campaign costs. Data analysis, in many cases, is a bit like a police investigation: you are a detective and need to find the clues to explain the story that is hiding in the data. Luckily, we are not chasing criminals in this course, but we need to gather evidence, “interview” the data, put it in context by linking it to our knowledge of the world (e.g. industry baselines or historical data), check if there are any errors or biases in it and come up with the most plausible explanations. From this, we develop data-driven insights and actionable recommendations. This course requires surprisingly little math and statistics knowledge (a middle school level is enough: basic operations, computing percentages and reading basic graphs). However, critical thinking is key here: is the data right? What do we see? What do these numbers mean? How does it fit in the greater context and compared with our benchmarks?

Note: Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600/5021 & MPMC 602/5022 to register for this elective course. This course is cross-listed with MPPR-7100-101 and MPDC-7100-101.

  • Course #: MPMC-7100-101
  • CRN: 44410
  • Instructor: Durand, N.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


eCommerce Marketing/Management

Note: Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600/5021 & MPMC 602/5022 to register for this elective course. This course is cross-listed with MPDC-7118-101.

  • Course #: MPMC-7118-101
  • CRN: 44411
  • Instructor: Tomlinson, S.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


Foundations of IMC: Campaigns

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.

  • Course #: MPMC-5022-101
  • CRN: 45908
  • Instructor: Koslow, A.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


In Search of the Big Idea

Note: This course is cross-listed with MPDC-703-101.

  • Course #: MPMC-7170-101
  • CRN: 40811
  • Instructor: Matson, A.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


Innovations in IMC

Innovations in the field of marketing continually present new opportunities and challenges for IMC managers. Consumer behavior is changing, along with the technology that consumers use. Additionally, new channels for engagement are continually evolving. Students in this course will learn how to approach IMC through a strategic lens focused on the future. They will learn to foster an environment of innovation within a team setting and present new ideas.

  • Course #: MPMC-6062-101
  • CRN: 43015
  • Instructor: Thorpe, J.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


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 600/5021 & MPMC 602/5022 to register for this elective course. This course is cross listed with MPPR-7052-101.

  • Course #: MPMC-7052-101
  • CRN: 46409
  • Instructor: Baillow, A.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


Strategic Leadership in IMC

Why are some organizations innovative and forward-thinking while others continually struggle to find a competitive advantage? In one word, the answer is leadership. Leaders determine if an organization is able to be flexible, responsive, and innovative in the face of change. Yet, the majority of leaders unknowingly reward behaviors that curtail strategic thinking rather than nurture it. They confuse innovation with the creation of new products and technologies. And they miss the opportunity to create a competitive advantage in areas from fundraising and programming to marketing and communications. In this course, we will learn which leadership practices create a culture that overcomes obstacles and promotes creative problem-solving. Through hands-on, interactive exercises, students will develop the creativity and critical thinking skills to develop high-performing teams, construct industry-leading ideas, and, ultimately, generate an enduring competitive advantage.

Note: Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600/5021 & MPMC 602/5022 to register for this elective course. This course is cross-listed with MPDC-7120-101.

  • Course #: MPMC-7120-101
  • CRN: 40523
  • Instructor: Hill, G.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


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-5023-101
  • CRN: 32668
  • Instructor: Tramble, F.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


The Creative Brief

The creative brief is the road map to a powerful IMC campaign. What does it take to marry business concerns with creative considerations? In this course, students will learn how to navigate this delicate balance and bring both sides of their brains to this important task. There are a number of different formats for creative briefs that make the job easier. Students will learn about the core components of a creative brief and gain exposure to different approaches, particularly those adopted by creative agencies. At the end of the course, students will appreciate that a strong creative brief is only as good as the consumer insights that drive it.

Note: This course is cross-listed with MPDC-7130-101.

  • Course #: MPMC-7130-101
  • CRN: 42872
  • Instructor: Handloff, R.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024


User Experience

Today, visuals need to engage customers by offering an exceptional experience that people can identify with, purchase, and enjoy. This course provides an overview of user experience (UX) design, the role of research in a design process, and UX design approaches, including archetypes, storyboards, customer journey maps, and empathy maps.

Note: Students must have completed foundation courses MPMC 600/5021 & MPMC 602/5022 to register for this elective course. This course is cross-listed with MPDC-7330-101.

  • Course #: MPMC-7330-101
  • CRN: 38060
  • Instructor: Schmidt, S.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024