M.S. Marketing & Communication

Assert your value with an online master’s in Marketing & Communication

Today’s marketing and communication leaders understand there’s more to marketing than clever advertising campaigns. What also matters are the things consumers think, feel and do. Smart marketers leverage the thoughts, behaviors and actions of their target market to create uniquely memorable brands and build fiercely loyal customers. Franklin’s online Marketing master's degree program prepares you to lead the way while also cultivating high-performance teams and monitoring market share, volume and ROI.

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Dual-Disciplined Major

Learn from an integrated curriculum that combines marketing and communications.

IACBE Accredited

Our program follows best-practice standards for business education.

14-Month Completion

Finish your master's in marketing and communication faster.


Bypass expensive, time-consuming tests with a 2.75+ GPA.

Real-World Practitioners

Learn best practice marketing from on-the-job professionals.

100% Online Classes

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Online Master's in Marketing Degree Overview

Create brand-building marketing strategies that drive ROI

Today’s savvy marketing and communication leaders begin at the endpoints: the thoughts, behaviors, and actions of the buyer. They know the importance of differentiation, and how to establish a unique and ownable brand position in the minds of a target audience. They know how to leverage consumer insights to deliver action-inspiring messages and apply new data sources to inform product, packaging, and promotional strategies. And they do it all while building high-performing teams and keeping a clear line of sight on market share, volume, and ROI.

Enhance your skills with a dual-disciplined online master's in Marketing

Franklin University’s transfer-friendly Marketing & Communication master's program teaches you how to navigate today’s challenges while grounding you in time-tested theory so you'll be prepared to lead tomorrow’s innovations.

Our online Marketing graduate program is just one of a few in the nation that integrates the marketing discipline with communications, equipping you to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time. Our innovative curriculum positions you to seek a leadership role in both fields. Throughout the program, you’ll strengthen your core skills in marketing strategy and planning, brand management, market research and analytics, digital marketing, and creative production. 

Gain hands-on experience with modern-day marketing practices

At Franklin, you’ll be involved in hands-on assignments, including case studies where you’ll recommend a comprehensive marketing and communication strategy. And, to provide you with hands-on knowledge in developing communication materials, you’ll learn industry standard design software and technology platforms.

Your marketing master's coursework will expose you to the latest trends in key areas such as: leveraging web and social insights to optimize marketing activities; driving social marketing initiatives to activate user participation, engagement, and retention; and learning how people shop, socialize, and absorb information.

Finish our industry-leading marketing master's curriculum in as few as 14 months

Franklin’s Marketing & Communication master's curriculum is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), a leader in outcomes-based accreditation in business. In addition, our curriculum is regularly reviewed by a standout Advisory Board comprised of agency, Fortune 500, community, and small business executives.

With our accelerated and accredited online master's in Marketing program, you can reap the rewards of your degree in as few as 14 months with our 6-week course format. And if you’re looking to enroll right away, there’s no GMAT or GRE requirement if you meet certain standards.

Plus, you’ll learn from faculty who are credentialed marketing and communications practitioners, so you’ll learn the latest from the best, giving you the skills you need to succeed in the marketplace. And with our small, interactive classes you can engage in discussions with like-minded marketers from richly diverse ages and backgrounds, helping you grow both your personal and professional networks.

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Amita K.

M.S. Marketing & Communication Graduate

"The professors here at Franklin bring a lot of the assignments to life with sharing their experiences. They take it beyond the concepts we're reading about to their experiences of what they've found to be successful."

IACBE Accredited Program

The Ross College of Business at Franklin University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. For a listing of accredited programs, click here.

Master's in Marketing Courses & Curriculum

36 Semester Hours
Course Sequence (36 hours)
MCM 707 - Marketing Communication Foundations (4)
In this "gateway" course, you will gain a working understanding of marketing terminology and concepts that are imperative for success in the Marketing & Communication Program and in your professional endeavors. Fundamental marketing mix strategies will be explored, along with traditional and new tactics to reach specific target markets. You will also begin the process of understanding Franklin graduate student success strategies in critical areas such as research, writing, team-building, leadership, critical thinking, attitude, and time management.
MCM 713 - Marketing Communication Essentials (4)
The ability to develop communication strategies has never been more important for business leaders than in today's complex digital marketing environment. In this course, you will develop a broad knowledge of the fundamentals of effective marketing communication planning and implmentation.
MCM 727 - Behavioral Research (4)
Understanding consumer motives and actions are essential to the success of any marketing effort. Students will explore consumer behavior, specifically analyzing consumer wants and needs and researching solutions to consumer problems. Students will learn to determine which qualitative and quantitative research measurements and analyses are best suited for specific types of consumer analyses.
MCM 711 - Digital Marketing Strategies (4)
The integration of existing and emerging technology with marketing and communication strategies has become a major marketing and societal force. Topics explored in this course will range from social media strategies to the metrics used to analyze the impact of Internet marketing campaigns.
MCM 721 - Creative Concepts (4)
This course will investigate the strategies underlying creative executions used in marketing communication campaigns.
MCM 723 - Metrics & Analytics (4)
This course will expose students to a variety of fiscal and analytical competencies required for effective management and administration of marketing communication projects and departments. Instruction and assignments are designed to help you gain a comfort level with key marketing analytics such as forecasts, break-even analyses, budgets, financial statements, return on marketing (ROM) analyses, and cost/pricing models.
MCM 733 - Marketing Communication Planning (4)
In this course, students will demonstrate their marketing competencies by developing marketing strategies and tactics for a live client, including market analysis, target marketing, branding, and message development.
MCM 737 - Marketing Communication Management & Leadership (4)
Students will carry out the responsibilities and analyze the traits of successful marketing and communication professionals in this upper level course, which presents theories and scenarios involving supervision, management, and leadership, while exploring related topics such as power, negotiation, conflict, and motivation.
MCM 741 - Marketing Communication Capstone (4)
The capstone will be a culminating experience that will build upon all of the knowledge students have gained in the program. Students will work independently to research an organizational or societal situation or problem of their choice, leading to comprehensive recommendations and creation of an artifact that will demonstrate how a specific marketing communication concept and theory could be applied to address or resolve the situation.

Microcredentials Align with Job Essentials

In today’s dynamic work environments, adaptive professionals thrive. A microcredential - either as a stand-alone course or integrated into your degree program - is a short, skill-specific recognition that enables you to demonstrate your competency in a distinct area. Like Franklin’s degree programs, microcredentials are aligned with market and industry demand to ensure what you learn can be put to use right away. Microcredentials are easily shared via digital badges and can be stacked to create a unique portfolio of in-demand skills.


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Marketing Employment Outlook


From 2018-2029 jobs in Marketing & Communication are expected to increase by 18%

All Occupations

1,364,179 jobs
1,607,597 jobs
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Advertising and Promotions Managers

28,504 jobs
30,860 jobs

Marketing Managers

260,376 jobs
295,346 jobs

Sales Managers

394,384 jobs
430,661 jobs

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

680,915 jobs
850,731 jobs

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).

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