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Immersive Courses

At Northwestern University Medill, you'll have opportunities designed for Integrated Marketing Communications Professional students that are different from what you'll find anywhere else. Medill's priority is always the health and safety of our students so we may make adjustments to planned travel based on guidance from Northwestern's Office of Global Safety and Security.

We have tailored immersive courses to the life of a busy working professional, allowing you to take short-term IMC courses onsite across the country and around the globe. These courses also help you learn the skills you need for your career and earn the units you need to graduate more quickly. Taking these courses is optional and is not required as part of the IMC Professional program.

Hands-on experiences

We believe that hands-on experiences in IMC are a valuable way to put what you're learning in class into action. It also allows you to have experiences you can draw on and apply in your job—and it may even spark new ideas for a future career. Additionally, immersive courses provide an opportunity to meet your classmates and expand your professional network.

Furthermore, we believe in the power of learning about IMC in new contexts and locations. Through these experiences, you gain a view of the art and science of marketing through the lens of new cultures, helping you to better understand different consumers and marketplaces.

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Students visit companies in Asia to see firsthand how they are implementing IMC strategies to engage consumers locally and around the world.

How the courses work

Most of our immersive courses are one week long and take place in between quarters. They are taught by Medill faculty in locations that are both domestic (Chicago, Evanston and San Francisco) and global (Asia, London and Chile). All immersive courses require completion of the three core courses and require an application form.

Many students choose to take at least one immersive course. This gives you the flexibility to take one "traditional" class and one immersive class in a given quarter, or even two traditional classes and one immersive class. For example, if you take two traditional courses per quarter and one immersive course during your time in the program, you can complete the Medill integrated marketing communications master's degree in 1.5 years.

Explore our immersive courses

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Design Thinking

Chicago or San Francisco Learn to design with your customers, not for them, and develop strategies to drive innovation

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Digital Leadership

Evanston, Illinois Develop critical thinking skills in the areas of technology, marketing and organizational growth

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Global Perspectives - Asia

Various Cities in Asia Gain contextual knowledge of marketing in the emerging and evolving Asian marketplace

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Global Perspectives - Chile

Santiago, Chile Learn how large, legacy organizations innovate locally and globally to sustain their industry leadership

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Global Perspectives - London

Stretch your economic literacy, develop your leadership skills and acquire global acumen

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Marketing Technology

Chicago or San Francisco Understand the opportunities and challenges created by using marketing technologies (MarTech)