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Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications | Professional Program

Online and in Chicago

As a working professional, you want to accelerate your career while continuing to work and balance your life. The Medill Integrated Marketing Communications Professional program—housed within top-10 ranked Northwestern University—teaches you cutting-edge marketing skills to advance your career or help you change careers.

Flexibility to fit your life

You get to pick how you want to take courses: entirely online, in the evening in downtown Chicago, or a combination of both. You can also take optional short-term, immersive classes in the U.S. and around the globe.

Learn by doing

You'll learn the IMC way of thinking that blends the art and science of marketing by doing. Most of our classes are not just lectures, but instead are an opportunity to hear from marketing leaders and work together with your high-caliber classmates to solve real marketing challenges. You'll also benefit from experiential learning such as workshops and networking events.

Our world-class faculty, made up of both expert marketing practitioners and academic thought leaders, will help you learn the latest practices in marketing in a digital world and build your confidence to lead. You can take what you learn in class and apply it to your job the next day.

You'll also learn from your peers who are working full-time in a variety of industries. Year after year, our students tell us that the connections they make and the network they build in the IMC Professional program are an incredibly valuable part of their Northwestern experience.

Gain career support

When you're ready to go for that promotion, apply for a new job or transition into a new type of role, we'll be here to help. Our dedicated Career Services staff will coach you each step of the way. You can also continue your learning after you graduate—as an alum, you can take five courses for free.

Pooja Munshi (IMC17)
"The Medill IMC program allowed me to work and engage in education at Northwestern from halfway across the world. My fellow students were outstanding mid-career professionals from Fortune 500 companies, and it was such a pleasure to share workgroups with them."Pooja Munshi (IMC17)

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Flexibility

Take courses entirely online, in the evening in downtown Chicago, or a mix of both
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Curriculum

Select courses that give you the skills and confidence to be a leader in your job
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Immersive Courses

Experience optional, short-term courses in the U.S. and around the world
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Faculty

Learn from expert faculty who are industry practitioners and researchers
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Career Services

Receive personal coaching and support to advance your career
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Alumni

Network with IMC alumni who are powerful leaders in marketing communications
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