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Integrated Marketing Communications

The future belongs to those who understand the art and science of marketing communications.

And that's what you will learn at Medill IMC. You’ll create innovative marketing communications strategies and engage consumers in the digital age by working collaboratively with global companies, faculty and your peers. Our graduate and undergraduate programs will teach you the IMC “way of thinking” that focuses on understanding consumers and balances qualitative and quantitative data to build strong brands. Medill IMC will help set you apart from others in the industry and prepare you for the future.

Our programs

IMC Full-Time master's program
Evanston campus

The IMC Full-Time program is tailored to launch your career in the marketing communications field with an intensive, five-quarter program that features opportunities to work with top companies and gain real-world work experience.

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IMC Part-Time master's program
Downtown Chicago campus

The IMC Part-Time program serves working professionals living in or around Chicago and allows them to advance their careers by tapping into the deep expertise of our faculty. Students gain access to a network of other high-caliber marketing professionals in the Chicago area.

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IMC Online master's program

The IMC Online program serves working professionals around the world allows them to advance their careers by tapping into the deep expertise of our faculty and our network of alumni and other high-caliber IMC professionals.

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Medill IMC master's degrees


  • On the Evanston, IL campus
  • For professionals with a couple years of work experience or straight from undergrad; international class
  • Average age: 24.6
  • Average years work experience: 1.5
  • Offers Immersion Quarter where you work at a top company creating innovative solutions to real-world challenges; features opportunities to study in Asia, London, Paris, Chile and San Francisco
  • Starts in fall
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  • On the Chicago campus
  • For working professionals who live in the Chicagoland area
  • Average age: 29.7
  • Average years work experience: 6
  • Located at Medill’s new space on Wacker Drive next to leading companies; features short-term opportunities to study in Asia, London, Chile and San Francisco
  • Starts in fall
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  • Around the world
  • For working professionals around the globe
  • Average age: 33.6
  • Average years work experience: 10
  • Allows flexibility for students to study in any place and at any time; features short-term opportunities to study in Asia, London, Chile and San Francisco as well as on the Northwestern and Medill campuses in Evanston and Chicago
  • Starts spring or fall
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IMC Certificate
For Northwestern undergraduates

The five-course certificate program features core courses in consumer insight, research and IMC strategy as well as a variety of electives that enable Northwestern undergraduates to enhance their majors with a specialization in IMC.

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Our alumni

Terry Davenport (MSA82)
Founder and Principal of Oleander, LLC

Davenport is the founder and Principal of Oleander, LLC. Formerly, he led marketing and brand strategy for Starbucks and was responsible for product development, consumer insights and innovation.

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Kristen Nomura (IMC03)
Head of Industry, Restaurants at Google

Nomura leads a team focused on quick serve restaurants clients, helping these organizations with digital advertising, data and insights, and innovation.

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Anya Cheng (IMC08)
Express Wi-Fi Lead, Product Marketing, Technology and Innovation, Connectivity at Facebook

Cheng leads product market fit, positioning and go-to-market strategy to help bring internet to countries.

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Younghee Lee (MSA90)
Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Electronics

Lee oversees Samsung's global brands and strategic marketing communications.

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Craig Greenfield (IMC00)
Chief Operating Officer at Performics Worldwide

Greenfield leads a global performance marketing agency network that serves leading brands across 30+ markets.

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Jose Costa (IMC04)
Chief Development Officer at Bojangles' Restaurants, Inc.

Prior to his current position, Costa has worked as the North American CEO for Grand Vision and as a vice president for marketing at Burger King. 

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Our Story

The History of IMC at Medill