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Graduate Certificate in Marketing Online

Drive revenue and strategic growth for any organization by emphasizing real-world marketing applications.

2/12/21 Apply by
3/15/21 Start classes


The Graduate Certificate in Marketing online program helps you develop your abilities to reach consumers and drive results while deepening your expertise in areas such as advertising, promotions, public relations, and publicity. You will study market research and analysis, brand management and strategy, integrated marketing communications, and more.

$3,753 Total Tuition
As few as 5 months Program Duration
9 Credit Hours

Along with completion in as few as five months, this online marketing graduate certificate program provides an ideal stepping stone toward earning your Master of Business Administration in Marketing, which also is available 100% online. All 9 credit hours from the certificate program can be applied toward the MBA program. Whether you're looking to add to your expertise or start an MBA, this certificate complements any career goals.

Online courses are designed and taught by the same degreed Fitchburg State faculty who teach on campus, many of whom are working professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for advertising, promotion, and marketing managers nationwide is expected to grow by 8% through 2028.

International Accreditation Council for Business Education

Fitchburg State University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

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In this online program, you will:

  • Understand the role of market research and its application in managerial decision-making
  • Apply a variety of marketing strategies and analysis to the strategic decision-making process
  • Utilize the appropriate promotions process in a variety of marketing situations

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Fitchburg State offers a variety of specialized graduate certificate options. Check out all of our online graduate certificates.

Tuition and Fees

Our online graduate certificate programs offer affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$417 Per Credit Hour
$3,753 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
Graduate Certificate in Marketing $417 $1,251 $3,753


Fitchburg State online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

2/12/21 Apply by
3/15/21 Start classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Intent to Enroll Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Drop For Non Pay Last class day
Spring A 2021 01/19/21 12/18/20 12/28/20 01/04/21 01/11/21 01/12/21 01/13/21 03/07/21
Spring B 2021 03/15/21 02/12/21 02/22/21 03/01/21 03/08/21 03/09/21 03/10/21 05/02/21
Summer A 2021 05/17/21 04/20/21 04/30/21 05/03/21 05/10/21 05/11/21 05/12/21 07/05/21
Summer B 2021 07/12/21 06/11/21 06/21/21 06/28/21 07/05/21 07/06/21 07/07/21 08/29/21
Fall A 2021 09/02/21 07/30/21 08/09/21 08/16/21 08/23/21 08/24/21 08/25/21 10/20/21
Fall B 2021 10/28/21 09/20/21 10/01/21 10/08/21 10/18/21 10/19/21 10/20/21 12/16/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Fitchburg State?


At Fitchburg State, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Marketing online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
GPA not less than 2.8 on undergrad coursework
Transcripts from all institutions previously attended

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You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission.

  • Submit graduate application and $50 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with official transcripts
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of not less than 2.8
  • Official transcripts of graduate-level coursework from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)*
  • Professional resume
  • Students with undergraduate GPAs of less than 2.8 may also be considered for admission based on their professional work experience and a letter of recommendation
  • No GMAT is required

To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Fitchburg State University
Admissions Office
160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

International Students:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores required for natives of non-English speaking countries
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended*
  • General Foreign Credit Evaluation
  • GPA of not less than 2.5
  • Application fee ($50)
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose (300 word minimum)

*All foreign transcripts must be formally evaluated before we are able to make an admissions decision. Graduate applicants are required to submit a "general" evaluation. Following are suggested organizations which provide foreign credential evaluation services:

You are encouraged to contact the Fitchburg State International Admissions department if additional information is needed at 978-665-4399 or

U.S. citizens with foreign education (from a non-English speaking country) will need to follow the international admission requirements (TOEFL excluded). Students with the following visa are not eligible for the program:

  • I-20
  • F1

TOEFL Code: 3518

IELTS Code: No code; please select Fitchburg State as a recipient.

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For the Graduate Certificate in Marketing online, the curriculum is comprised of 3 courses covering 9 credit hours.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the importance of research in marketing planning and data-driven business decision-making. Instruction covers the basic principles of scientific method, research designs and methodologies, and analysis tests. As a graduate level course, the focus is on exploring how marketing research principles apply to management decisions. Topics covered include primary and secondary data sources, quantitative and qualitative data collection, sampling and hypothesis testing, and data analytics.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will focus on brand management and how marketing should be approached as a partner in strategic decision-making, both internally and externally. Students will study strategic positioning, market opportunities, pricing strategies, market analysis, as well as product differentiation. SWOT analysis and marketing mix will be covered in a decision-making focus, together with programmatic themes of globalization, leadership, teamwork, and ethics.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course presents the elements in the marketing mix that deal with the promotion of goods or services. The course covers advertising, sales promotion, public relations, and publicity. The characteristics of each form of promotion are evaluated with respect to varying market situations. The focus of the course is on the managerial aspects of communication design, development, implementation, and appraisal. Prerequisite: MGMT 9160.

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