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Chris McClurg (IMC15)

Online Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications

The IMC Online program is tailored to accelerate your career in the marketing communications field with online classes that prepare you to understand and engage consumers, solve marketing challenges and build strong brands in the digital age.

What is IMC?

Integrated marketing communications (IMC) is a strategic approach through which organizations drive performance by engaging, serving and communicating with consumers and other constituents. IMC combines qualitative understanding of consumers with large-scale analytics to develop communications and content that build and maintain strong brands. Grounded in advertising and direct media communications, IMC has emerged as the premier way for organizations to manage customer experiences in the digital age.

Accelerate your career

The IMC Online program helps advance your career in marketing communications by giving you IMC knowledge and skills and connecting you with industry professionals. In IMC, you will hone your ability and confidence to successfully implement successful integrated marketing communications strategies.

Quick facts

IMC Online class profile: 2 years to complete, 33.8 average age, 150 students

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Study IMC domestically and globally

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Travel to Asia for two weeks to gain deep, contextual knowledge of marketing communications in the emerging and quickly evolving Asian marketplace.

Learn more about the Global Perspectives course
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Take an IMC course in London for a week to learn about brand equity and communication in a global context.

Learn more about the Global Brand Communication course
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The Medill IMC International Enterprise Innovation course takes place for five days in Chile. Students learn how large, legacy organizations innovate around the world in today's marketing communications landscape.

Learn more about the global innovation Chile course
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San Francisco

Take a week-long course in San Francisco to explore the intersection of customer-centered marketing and human center design.

Learn more about the design thinking course in San Francisco
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In addition to the quarter-long classes in Chicago, we offer a week-long course in Chicago during spring break that focuses on assessing the opportunities and challenges of using various marketing technologies to add value to the customer experience.

Learn more about the marketing technology course

Hone your IMC Leadership skills

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Group of IMC students during Leadership Week

Develop the leadership attributes required of an IMC department leader during a five-day course called IMC Leadership that takes place on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

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Connect to a powerful alumni network

Todd Smith (IMC05)

Todd Smith
CMO, Partner and Founder
Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, CoreLife Eatery and Kitchen824

After serving as president and CMO of Sonic Drive-In, Smith co-founded and leads marketing for other restaurant brands.

Meet more IMC alumni

Younghee Lee (MSA90)

Younghee Lee
Chief Marketing Officer
Samsung Electronics

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

Read more about Lee

Akash Pathak (IMC06)

Akash Pathak
Head of Marketing
Trunk Club

At Trunk Club, Pathak is VP of Marketing and is responsible for leading all aspects of customer marketing.

Read more about Pathak

Envision your future career

Elva-Maria Diaz (IMC17)

Whether it’s to accelerate your career, move into a new area of marketing, expand your network or “get a seat at the big table,” the IMC degree can help you achieve your goals.

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Application deadline

The deadline to start in spring 2020 is Feb. 3, 2020.

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