Successful marketers understand strategy, tactics, and how to make decisions utilizing the continuing technological advancements available to their business and organizations. This certificate provides a comprehensive grounding in the modern marketing process, from research to implementation and management.
You’ll study market research and consumer behavior; segmentation and target market selection, positioning, and branding; and integrated marketing communications. Upon completion of the certificate, you’ll be ready to analyze your organization’s market position and develop a complete marketing plan to advance your mission, service, or product.
Through a course schedule that can be completed with options for both in-person and online classes, the program’s flexibility and affordability will allow you to complete your certificate in as little as 12 months, giving you a valuable credential to add to your resume as you advance your career. All certificate courses can also be applied toward a degree, such as an MBA or MNA.
With small class sizes and respected professional faculty who will help you achieve your goals, our certificate programs are one of the options that the School of Business and Nonprofit Management offers to students committed to becoming successful, ethical business leaders.
The certificate requirements listed below are for students who begin their program during the 2015–2016 academic year (August 2015 and later). Some of these courses will be new as of August 2015, and their course descriptions are not yet available in the catalog.
Please review the full academic catalog for the year you enrolled at North Park for official requirements for completing your certificate. The catalog, a School of Business and Nonprofit Management advisor, and our course schedules can assist you in planning your course sequence to complete your program.
This course introduces the substantive and procedural aspects of marketing, sharpens skills for critical analytical thinking, and promotes effective communication. Basic concepts examined include marketing in a changing world; creating customer value and satisfaction; strategic planning and the marketing process; the marketing environment; marketing research and information systems; consumer markets and consumer buyer behavior; business markets and business buyer behavior; measuring and forecasting demand; market segmentation, targeting, and positioning for competitive advantage. Ethical concerns for the use and potential abuse of market research data are woven into the course.
This course builds upon the foundations established in the introductory course. The course introduces a rigorous analytical process for marketing decision making including designing products, brands, packaging, and services; designing new products and product life-cycle strategies; pricing considerations, approaches, and strategies; distribution channels and logistics management; retailing and wholesaling; marketing communication strategy; advertising, sales promotion, and public relations; creating competitive advantage through competitor analysis and competitive marketing strategies; the global marketplace; social responsibility and marketing ethics. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the formulation and implementation of effective, efficient, and ethical marketing programs in the for-profit sector.
Branding and product innovation dynamically interact and play a strategic role in marketing. Brands grow out of innovation, and innovation is the lifeblood of a brand. The challenges and opportunities of branding and the tactics and tools to create and build brand equity are addressed. Also examined are the techniques used to successfully manage the new product development (NPD) process from opportunity identification, concept generation and evaluation, product design, market testing, sales forecasting to launch. Branding and NPD principles are applied in case studies and projects.
Marketing Communications will focus upon the ever-expanding communications function within the traditional packaged goods arena, the business-to-business sector, and the nonprofit organization. Advertising, sales promotions, direct marketing, and electronic commerce will be assessed. The backdrop of these communication functions, namely the notion of the consumer culture, will be integrated into the course. Social, ethical, and economic perspectives will be incorporated as well.
This course examines how interactive technologies impact industries, redefine organizational structure and culture, and influence supply and demand. The course addresses popular e-business models and their impact on consumer behavior. The majority of the course explores how organizations can leverage e-enabled strategies across the marketing mix to achieve competitive advantage. Also addressed will be the impact of these new business models on organizational culture, emerging opportunities that may shape the future of business and marketing, and ethical issues in e-marketing.
Gainful Employment Information
North Park University is required to provide detailed information about the gainful employment of our students who enroll in School of Business and Nonprofit Management certificate programs. These disclosures will assist students in making informed enrollment decisions with regards to the possible employment opportunities that accompany each of the certificate programs.