Online Master of Science in Digital Marketing (MSDM)

Marketing is about creating, communicating and delivering value to customers and society at large. As digital technologies evolve, organizations are able to identify, connect and engage with consumers in new, cutting-edge ways. However, many organizations lack a clearly defined digital marketing strategy and struggle to find employees with digital marketing skills. You can acquire these in-demand skills and prepare for a bright future by enrolling in our AACSB-accredited Master of Science in Digital Marketing (MSDM) program.

Fully Online Program

Our program is 100 percent online to give you the flexibility you need to earn an advanced degree while balancing work and family life. Sign in to access course materials, participate in discussions with professors and fellow students, and complete and submit assignments anywhere and at any time convenient for you. You can enroll on a full- or part-time basis.

Department Resources

Program Advantages

  • Eight- and five-week online courses
  • Full- or part-time enrollment options
  • Program admission available fall, spring and summer semesters
  • One-on-one admission and advising guidance
  • Technology support when needed
  • Microsoft Excel - analyzing and visualizing data
  • Facebook Blueprint
  • Google AdWords and Analytics
  • Hootsuite
  • HubSpot Inbound Marketing
  • HubSpot Social Media Marketing
  • Qualtrics Research Core
  • Salesforce Specialist
  • Tableau
  • Twitter Flight School
  • Allow for more engagement with faculty and peers
  • Utilize cutting-edge technologies

For More Information

Emily Cronauer
MSDM Program Advisor

Mya Groza
MSDM Program Director

The program's strategy foundation courses make connections relevant to the digital marketplace, while digital foundation electives enable you to focus on the specific skills you need to gain a competitive advantage. You'll also be prepared to earn certifications in the latest digital marketing technologies. The MSDM program follows Quality Matters guidelines, ensuring quality in design and instruction.

Career Outlook

Digital spending is increasing as more companies put their dollars toward digital marketing efforts. Forrester Research (2017) has projected that digital marketing spending will be near $120 billion and account for 46 percent of all advertising spending by 2021. Burning Glass Technologies (2017) has reported that 39 percent of all marketing job openings called for digital marketing skills and that possession of digital marketing skills carries a $7,000 salary premium over other marketing roles.

In addition, digital marketing jobs take 16 percent longer to fill. A survey of 400 marketing and advertising executives conducted by Nanji (2017) found that web design and market research roles are the most difficult creative positions to fill.

Program Structure

The Master of Science in Digital Marketing (MSDM) consists of two phases. Phase One is designed to address deficiencies in undergraduate course work considered to be prerequisite for the Phase Two (30 credits) graduate course work. Students with significant undergraduate course work in business may be waived from some, or all, of the Phase One requirements.

Phase Two consists of 12 courses. Five courses are required from Marketing Strategy Foundation (15 credits) and six courses are required from Digital Marketing Foundation (12-13) credits). You can complete either a capstone application on a digital marketing topic or a capstone project in collaboration with an organization (three credits).

Admission to the MSDM program is competitive. To apply, you must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or have the equivalent level of education from a university outside the U.S.

Application materials include:

  • NIU Graduate School online application
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • A one-page personal statement describing your preparation for graduate study in digital marketing, your career goals and how our program can best help you meet those goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume

Phase One

May be waived with significant undergraduate course work.

  • MKTG 505 Graduate Survey of Marketing
  • OMIS 507 Business Information Systems
  • OMIS 524 Business Statistics

Plus one of the following (also may be waived with significant undergraduate course work):

  • ACCY 505 Financial Accounting Concepts
  • MGMT 505 Principles of Management
  • OMIS 505 Principles of Operations Management

Phase Two

Marketing Strategy Foundation

Required courses (eight weeks, three credits):

  • MKTG 603 Marketing Research and Analysis
  • MKTG 654 Marketing Management
  • MKTG 670 Digital Marketing Strategy

Two of the following (eight weeks, three credits):

  • MKTG 626 Brand Strategy
  • MKTG 630 Services Marketing
  • MKTG 640 Digital Selling Strategy
  • MKTG 656 Global Marketing Strategy
  • MKTG 664 New Product and Service Innovation
Digital Marketing Foundation

Six of the following (five weeks, two credits):

  • MGMT 627 Entrepreneurial Creativity and Innovation
  • MKTG 671 Digital Marketing and Search Engine Optimization
  • MKTG 672 Mobile Marketing
  • MKTG 673 Social Media Marketing and Advertising
  • MKTG 674 Digital Marketing Campaign Measurement
  • MKTG 675 Content Marketing
  • MKTG 677 Building and Managing Responsive Websites
  • MKTG 678 Marketing Data Visualization
  • MKTG 679 Database Marketing
  • MKTG 680 Digital Marketing Metrics
  • MKTG 682 Online Reputation Management

(Eight weeks, three credits):

MKTG 684 Capstone Application in Digital Marketing or MKTG 686 Capstone Digital Marketing Project

Total hours: 30-39 credits

Phase Cost
Tuition per Credit Hour $870
Phase Two Only Total Cost (30 credit hours) $26,100
Phase One and Two Total Cost (39 credit hours) $33,930

Contact Us

Department of Marketing
Barsema Hall
740 Garden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

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