An Online Master’s in Digital Marketing that Helps You Advance Your Career
The internet is ever-changing, making it crucial for today’s marketers to have an up-to-date understanding of the digital landscape. WGU’s Master’s in Digital Marketing will prepare you for what’s new and next in the world of marketing, positioning you to be a leader in your industry.
In this program, you’ll learn how to:
- Leverage various digital channels
- Learn how to work with websites, email, and social media channels
- Connect with and grow a company’s customer base
- Enhance your communication skills
- Dive into details of influencing and collaboration in marketing
The digital marketing master’s degree also includes an experiential-learning capstone course where you’ll put your marketing skills to work on an actual client project.
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Digital Marketing Courses
The online digital marketing master’s degree program is composed of industry-relevant courses. Courses are generally completed one at a time instead of simultaneously, and you’ll work with your Program Mentor to build a personalized Degree Plan that keeps you on track.
WGU courses are competency-based, which means that once you demonstrate mastery in a specific area, you can move on. This allows you to use your existing knowledge to move through your degree program more quickly.
The Master of Science in Marketing program is an all-online degree program. You’ll complete program requirements independently, with instruction and support from WGU faculty. You’ll be expected to complete at least 8 competency units for each six-month term. Each course is typically three or four units. There’s no limit on the number of units you can complete each term, so the more courses you complete, the quicker you can finish your program.
Digital Marketing Foundations provides learners with knowledge in the dynamic and evolving field of marketing that uses the internet and digital technologies to reach customers. This course provides foundational knowledge in digital marketing disciplines, including social media marketing, content marketing, marketing automation, search engine optimization (SEO), paid search (PPC), conversion rate optimization (CRO), mobile marketing, and web analytics. Learners explore how a digital marketing strategy is developed and executed, along with how digital marketing is integrated within an organization's overall strategy. This course provides learners with the opportunity to complete the HubSpot Marketing Software certification to learn marketing automation software that is used in industry to assist marketers in their digital marketing execution. Emphasis throughout the course is placed on industry best practices, and the course content aligns with the Online Marketing Certified Associate (OMCA) certification to prepare students for this third-party certification.
Social Media Marketing teaches learners about social media from a business perspective and how social media can be used to increase a company’s brand awareness, generate leads, and build meaningful relationships with customers. Throughout this course, learners will develop a social media marketing strategy across various social platforms to create and distribute valuable and relevant content to specific audiences. Social Media Marketing teaches learners influencer marketing, employee advocacy, social selling, and social media analytics. Learners will gain hands-on experience using a simulation to create targeted social media advertisements, perform demographic targeting, implement social media content promotion strategies, and schedule content. In this course, learners will have the opportunity to complete HubSpot's Social Media Marketing certification to learn industry best practices in social media marketing and to enhance marketability within the marketing profession.
Marketing in the Digital Era examines the marketing skills needed to be an effective marketer in the 21st century. This course provides a company and consumer perspective to learn how consumer value is created while achieving organizational goals. Learners will gain knowledge in the core areas of marketing, including branding and products, consumers, communications, and technology. This course introduces learners to strategic marketing tools used to develop effective strategies for a relevant target market. Marketing in the Digital Era teaches learners about emerging topics, such as marketing automation, artificial intelligence, and data-driven communications, as well as skills needed to continue evolving as a successful marketing professional in the dynamic, ever-changing marketing environment.
Market Research provides learners with a knowledge of the role of marketing research in strategic decision-making. Marketers need to systematically collect and analyze data to develop insights and make decisions. Learners demonstrate proficiency in the fundamentals of market research by practicing statistical methods for analyzing and acting on market data. This course teaches sampling techniques, survey development, data analysis, ethical considerations, and hypothesis testing. Learners will apply their knowledge using a market research simulation. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and use of results to demonstrate how to communicate information. In this course, learners will also develop awareness for continually monitoring emerging and competitive trends given the dynamic digital marketing landscape.
Marketing Communications and Storytelling introduces learners to the principles of integrative marketing communications with an emphasis on storytelling and creativity. Storytelling skills enable marketers to build relationships by making connections with their intended audience. Digital storytelling integrates the use of technology to create a cohesive narrative across various platforms that evokes emotions and feelings about a brand. These efforts can lead to customer acquisition or conversion outcomes. In this course, the creative storytelling process begins with a clear SMART objective that drives strategy development, the creative direction, and the execution of an integrative marketing communication campaign. Campaign types, media channels, messages, timelines, and market development considerations are taught within the context of both digital and traditional application. Learners will also have the opportunity to complete the HubSpot Inbound Marketing certification to learn industry best practices and to enhance marketability within the marketing profession.
Product, Price, & Customer Experience teaches core marketing concepts used to create integrative marketing strategies that meet the needs of an organization and its customers. This course teaches topics of new product development, product management, value proposition, and customer experience management. The voice of the customer is taught to ensure marketers create a customer-centric culture within their organization to meet the needs, wants, and preference of their target market. Customer experience management practices are key focal points of this course to ensure meaningful customer interactions across the entire customer journey.
Email Marketing examines the principles and techniques used to effectively manage email marketing campaigns. Email is used daily in both personal and business settings to communicate with others. In this course, learners will examine industry best practices of how to use email marketing as a digital strategy to achieve marketing goals. Learners will explore how to design an email marketing strategy, how to use email marketing for lead generation, how to design a lead nurture campaign, and how automation is used to manage email marketing distribution and campaigns. This course provides learners with an opportunity to explore how effective email messages are crafted and distributed. Industry best practices will be explored and learners have the opportunity to complete the HubSpot Email Marketing certification to enhance marketability within the marketing profession.
E-Commerce and Marketing Analytics teaches learners how to sell online, how to reach customers online, and how to measure campaign and website performance. Businesses and consumers actively engage in buying and selling products over the internet. Learners gain skills through the practical application of building and optimizing a Shopify website designed to promote and sell products to customers. The course explores the latest technology platforms with an emphasis on Google applications for hands-on experience. Learners have the opportunity to complete the Google Search Ads certification to gain skills used in practice and to enhance marketability within the marketing profession.
Marketing Experiential Capstone is the capstone course for the program that provides learners with real-world applications to prepare them for the marketing industry. In this course, learners will integrate and apply marketing skills gained throughout the program by working with an organization on a marketing project. Marketers must effectively manage many relationships throughout their career with clients and team members in an organization, an agency, or their own marketing firm. This course allows students to apply their technical knowledge while also developing competencies in effective communication, collaboration, conflict management, project management, and time management power skills. Learners will explore their professional goals and develop a personal branding strategy to enhance their marketability and to strategically plan for their marketing career.
This course covers principles of effective management and leadership that maximize organizational performance. The following topics are included: the role and functions of a manager, analysis of personal leadership styles, approaches to self-awareness and self-assessment, and application of foundational leadership and management skills.
Frameworks for Strategic Decision-Making challenges students to use logistical reasoning, root cause analysis, and various problem-solving skills to drive improvement, develop relationships, influence others, and make decisions. This course addresses how to evaluate business problems, develop stakeholder-oriented solutions, and influence key stakeholders. It also promotes strategic-level thinking and connection between business disciplines to drive outcomes. There are no prerequisites.
Program consists of 11 courses
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Special Requirements for this Program
This capstone provides you with real-world applications to prepare you for the marketing industry. In this course, you’ll integrate and apply marketing skills gained throughout the program by working with an organization on a marketing project. Marketers must effectively manage many relationships throughout their career with clients and team members in an organization, an agency, or their own marketing firm. This course allows you to apply your technical knowledge while also developing competencies in effective communication, collaboration, conflict management, project management, and time management skills. You'll explore your professional goals and develop a personal branding strategy to enhance your marketability and strategically plan for your marketing career.
A degree can dramatically impact your earning potential. Just two years after graduation, WGU students report earning $18,200 more per year.
On Your Schedule
Competency-based education means you can move as quickly through your degree as you can master the material. You don't have to log in to classes at a certain time—you are truly in the driver's seat of your education
The marketing master's degree at WGU is 100% online, which means it works wherever you are. You can do your coursework at night after working at your full-time job, on weekends, while you're traveling the world or on vacation—it's entirely up to you.
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An Online Marketing Degree That's Affordable
By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.
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Top Industry Certifications Students Can Earn
Students in the online digital marketing master's program will be prepared to take the following certification exams during their program to demonstrate their expertise in the marketing field. The cost of most of these exams are free to WGU students as part of their tuition.
These industry certifications are not required for students, but the coursework in their program will prepare them for these exams which can be critical as they work to excel within the digital marketing space.
Be prepared to earn the following industry certifications:
- HubSpot Inbound Marketing
- HubSpot Marketing Software
- HubSpot Email Marketing
- HubSpot Social Media Marketing
- OMCP Online Marketing Certified Associate*
*Students interested in earning this certificate must pay for the cost of this certification exam, it is not included in tuition.
- Digital Analytics Association Membership
What Makes Us Different: A Marketing Degree Designed to Fit Today’s Busy Lifestyles
Online. Competency-based. Student-obsessed. There are lots of things that make our programs a great fit for today’s working students—and that make WGU a different kind of university.
Competency-based degree programs allow you to speed up your progress—no waiting for other class members to catch up or for a new semester to start. Taking a course covering concepts you’ve been applying for years? Review the online course material, take the online assessment, and move on. Taking a course in a subject you’ve never tried? Maximize all available resources to ensure you’re comfortable with the material by the time you take the assessment.
Success in Business Starts With a College Degree in Marketing
Chief Marketing Officer. Brand Manager. Marketing Director.
These are just some jobs you’ll be qualified for with a master’s in digital marketing degree from WGU. This program is designed for marketing professionals who are ready to advance their career and become leaders in their organization. You’ll gain sought-after skills such as:
- Creative thinking
- Data-driven decision-making
- Content management
All of the skills you will learn can prepare you for a variety of leadership, management, and consultant roles in digital marketing.
Return on Your Investment
Develop a Strategy for Your Marketing Career
Change the course of your career with the help of a marketing master’s degree. A focus in digital marketing can help you be prepared for a variety of career options.
- Brand Management
- Market Research
- Social Media Marketing
- Email Marketing
- Project Leadership
- Strategic Planning
- Lead Generation
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Admissions Requirements - Marketing
To be considered for this program, you must:
Submit a transcript verifying receipt of your bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited institution.
NOTE: You do not need to take the GRE or GMAT to be admitted to this program. Learn why we don't require these tests.
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FAQs about Digital Marketing Master's Degree
With a master’s degree in digital marketing, you’ll be prepared for a variety of high-paying jobs in your field, including:
Director of Marketing
Digital Marketing Manager
Content Marketing Manager
Social Media Manager
Public Relations Manager
Yes! The average annual pay for a marketing master’s in the United States is $72,000, with salaries ranging from $40,000 to $140,000. On average, a digital marketer with a master’s degree can earn up to $20,000 more per year than a digital marketer with just a bachelor’s degree.
Strategic marketing, marketing communications, lead generation, email funnel campaigns, social media marketing, social media platforms, marketing automation software, and influencer marketing are all skills you can gain in this program.
Not necessarily. This specialty focuses more on the creative elements of a marketing campaign, such as e-commerce, social media, email, and content marketing. If you're looking for a specialization that’s more technical, check out WGU's M.S. in Marketing and the Marketing Analytics specialty.