Master Integrated Marketing Communications at Medill
To cut through the noise for today’s consumers, great marketing isn’t optional—it’s essential. Guided by the industry experts who lead Medill’s Professional Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications program, you will learn how major brands achieve results using a customer centric, data-driven approach. As you come to recognize what motivates consumer choices, you will have all the tools necessary to reach the executive-level marketing positions you crave.
- 13 units
- Three core courses
- 10 electives
- Four quarters per year
- Program can be completed in less than two years
- Hybrid program: complete coursework online or include on-site classes in your curriculum
- Two opportunities to start per year: January and September
- A STEM-designated program
- Three years post-graduate professional work experience required
Powerful Resources to Propel Your Career
Specialized From the Start
Medill conducted the first studies and launched the first IMC master’s program in 1991. Since then, we’ve led the industry as the premier program in the country.
Make Experts Your Mentors
Surround yourself with a diverse group of intellectually curious and motivated peers and faculty from around the world.
Your Degree, Your Way
Create a master’s program that works for you. Take classes at home, attend in person, or use a hybrid approach to build connections and accelerate your schedule.
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Are you a working professional looking to take your career to the next level?
Earn your master’s degree online, in-person or a combination with Northwestern University. Our Integrated Marketing Communications Professional program, offered through the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications helps you build your expertise in consumer understanding through a rigorous and immersive curriculum.
Complete the form to download a program brochure for more information on the IMC Professional program.
Why IMC at Medill?
As the first-of-its-kind program, the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications master’s has been synonymous with marketing excellence and innovation since the degree was created in 1991. Today, we continue to bridge industry-changing research with real-world knowledge to change the way you think about the field for the better.
The legacy of Northwestern University and the Medill School help us recruit not only the best marketing faculty, but also students who share their wealth of knowledge with each other. Upon graduating, you will join the influential, tight-knit network of 18,000 Medill alumni whose accomplishments and commitment to your success match the quality of the experience you all share.
Now Seeking: Career Climbers
If your five-year plan has the word “promotion” in it, then you’re in the right place. This program is ideal for marketing professionals who want to become senior-level employees, strategists, executives or CMOs.
The Medill MS in IMC can help secure your path to these job titles:
- Digital Marketing Manager
- Chief Marketing Officer
- Chief Brand Officer
- Executive Creative Director
- Product Marketing Manager
There’s no better way to learn the latest marketing best practices than from people who live, research and experience it themselves every day. Our faculty include former C-suite executives and senior leaders with Deloitte, McDonald’s, Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide, and other global companies; authors in world-renowned publications such as the International Journal of Advertising and The Wall Street Journal; and the creators of leading research centers including the Medill Spiegel Research Center and the Retail Analytics Council.
Senior Lecturer & Former CMO, Deloitte
Professor & Former VP of Marketing, The Washington Post
Impressive Credentials. Extensive Connections.
The Medill name tends to show up in bios for executive leadership, advisory boards and experts panels across the country. Every day, our faculty and alumni are leading the charge at some of the most well-known companies in marketing and advertising:
"I have quickly leveraged class learning into career growth. Since beginning the IMC program, I have received two big promotions and expanded my team."
What You’ll Learn
Medill students build a powerful combination of technical capabilities and soft skills to solve complex marketing challenges. You’ll gain deep marketplace knowledge, comprised of insights and data, to help you make strategic decisions and adapt to a changing industry. By combining high-level theory with real-world examples, you’ll become an expert in the principles, objectives, channels and consumer psychology that built some of the world’s biggest brands—and, most importantly, how to apply them in your own organization.
- Strategic communications
- Digital marketing
- Customer-centric marketing
- Consumer behavior & psychology
- Marketing technology (MarTech)
- Public relations
- Shopper marketing
- Media planning
- Financial accounting
- Marketing research
- Marketing law & ethics
- Leadership strategies
Advanced Brand Management
Students will practice their skills on a real-time, multi-week case project with a corporate partner. The course will incorporate insights, sales, field marketing, media and consulting, helping students learn how different functions contribute to strong brands.
How You Learn is How You Excel. We Help You Do Both.
Students can choose to attend classes online or in-person, depending on their preference.
Class Structure & Methodology
Customize your path with compelling elective choices and core courses. Interactive projects and assignments will test your skills and keep you engaged.
Broaden Your Perspective
We believe in the power of learning in new contexts and locations.
In the Medill IMC master’s program, you have the unique opportunity to take immersive short courses onsite across the country and around the globe upon completion of the program's core courses. Recently, we’ve offered courses in:
- New York City
- San Francisco
In doing so, you will deepen your understanding of diverse consumers and marketplaces. Our priority is always the health and safety of our students, so we may make adjustments to planned travel based on guidance from Northwestern’s Office of Global Safety and Security.
Join the rest of our Medill alumni in an exclusive network of industry trailblazers, thought leaders and market influencers.
We’re here for you beyond graduation day. Receive one-on-one mentorship and support, as well as post-graduate learning opportunities.
Events & Webinars
True marketing leaders never stop learning. Stay up-to-date and connected with the latest best practices, faculty research and Medill events.