Graduate Bulletin

Marketing, M.S.

Concentration: Marketing Communication


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: March 15                               [December 15 for international applicants]

Spring: September 30                         [August 1 for international applicants]

Completed applications are processed throughout the year as they are received. International students who miss the December 15 deadline are required to submit to Temple University an evaluation of their transcript by an approved educational evaluation firm.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence and/or an immediate work supervisor.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Three tracks are available in the Master of Science in Marketing Program. Students in all three tracks require the foundation courses, which include ACCT 500: Financial and Managerial Accounting; ECON 500: Managerial Economics; FIN 500: Financial Analysis and Strategy; MKTG 500: Marketing Management Strategy; MSOM 500: Operations Management; and STAT 500: Quantitative Business Methods. These courses may be waived by the program advisor based on appropriate past coursework. Students in all three tracks also complete a Field Research Project.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:


Statement of Goals:

Applicants for the M.S. program are expected to submit a Statement of Goals that describes future goals in specific terms. Applicants should avoid use of generalizations or blanket statements. The Statement of Goals should address how the M.S. will assist in achieving the applicant's goals.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/GMAT is required. Quantitative and verbal scores on the GRE should be in the 50th percentile or above. Scores under 500 on the GMAT are not considered for the M.S. program.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 575 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or 88 internet-based.  Any student admitted with a TOEFL score below 600 on the paper-based, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the internet-based examination must pass an English skills course during the first semester of enrollment at Temple University.  Those having taken the paper-based or computer-based test have the additional option of testing out of the English course by taking and passing the SPEAK test at Temple.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Upper-level graduate credits from an accredited graduate business program may be transferred into the M.S. program. The credits must be part of the required degree program at Temple University. To be transferred, the grade must be a "B" or better. The Admissions Committee makes recommendations for transferring credits to the department chair. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Marketing Requirements:

MKTG 502: Consumer and Buyer Behavior

MKTG 503: Marketing Communications

MKTG 505: Marketing Research

MKTG 506: Marketing Strategy

AND one of the following:

MKTG 514: International Marketing

MKTG 526: Nonprofit Marketing

MKTG 557: Electronic Commerce

MKTG 575: Product Management

Related-Discipline Requirements (Select Four):

COMM 503: Quantitative Communication Research

JOURN 511: Advertising and Public Relations Research

JOURN 585: Media Management

JOURN 605: Seminar in Public Relations

JOURN 661: Seminar in Advertising Problems

PSY 505: Theories of Learning

PSY 507: Motivation

PSY 508: Cognitive Psychology

PSY 511: Perceptual Processes

PSY 544: Attitudes and Persuasion

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Consulting Project:

The student must demonstrate a capacity to integrate what has been learned in the context of a consulting project.  Students will engage a client, preferably a nonprofit or not-for-profit organization, and develop an appropriate plan to meet the client's needs. No formal defense is necessary. The program coordinator will evaluate the project along with any faculty the coordinator deems necessary.



Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management
LL5 Speakman Hall
1810 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Natale Butto

Director of Graduate Admissions



Program Coordinator:

Professor James Hunt


Graduate Chairperson:

Professor Richard Lancioni



Robert Bonner

Assistant Dean


About the Program

The Fox School of Business and Management offers M.S. programs through which students acquire in-depth knowledge of one business discipline. These programs are ideally suited for the business professional who wishes to develop advanced mastery of one business specialization. Our approach to graduate education helps develop practical expertise through case analyses and presentations, interaction with business practitioners, and team projects. The Fox School prepares students to step immediately into key management roles in highly specialized fields. The Fox School is the region's second largest business graduate school with over 1,300 students studying in 35 graduate business areas of concentration.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 6 years

Campus Location:

Center City, Fort Washington

The business foundation and advanced management classes are offered at both campuses throughout the year but not necessarily in the same semester. Upper-level courses are not offered at all campuses. Courses are also offered online.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.  Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

LL5 Speakman Hall

1810 North 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


Research is supported by the Fox School of Business and Management's Advanta Center for Financial Services Studies, the Center for e-Marketing, the Center for Healthcare Research and Management, the Ethics Resource Center, the Irwin L. Gross eBusiness Institute, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, the Institute of Global Management Studies, the Safeguard Scientific Center for Economics Education, and the Small Business Development Center. Research interests of the Fox School faculty are also supported by numerous centers and institutes throughout Temple University. The Marketing Department's faculty conduct research in chaos theory, e-commerce, and product management.

Study Abroad:

The Fox School offers graduate-level courses during the summer at its Rome, Italy campus.


The Fox School of Business and Management is currently ranked in the top 75 business schools by Forbes and in the top 50 programs for our Executive M.B.A. The Fox School has also been ranked 14th for technology M.B.A. programs by Computerworld and holds a specialty ranking of 26th in the nation for healthcare management programs. The Fox School has been recognized for research in numerous departments and is in the top 1% of citings of university research.


All Fox School of Business and Management graduate business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International), the association for management education.

Areas of Specialization:

To gain mastery, students complete a minimum of ten advanced level courses (500 level or above) beyond either the prerequisites or foundation curricula.

Job Placement:

Graduates of the Fox School of Business and Management obtain jobs in computer/information technology; consulting; consumer products and services; energy/utilities; financial services/banking; government; healthcare; industrial products and services; manufacturing; pharmaceuticals; telecommunications; and tourism/transportation.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above may take classes on a non-matriculated basis. Non-matriculated students can take a maximum of 9 credit hours. Any additional courses require the student to be matriculated in a program.

Financing Opportunities

The Fox School has a limited number of graduate externships for assignments in academic and administrative departments. Work assignments are generally administrative in nature and may include word and data processing. An extern provides up to 20 hours of service per week. Students are required to submit applications directly to the department in which they wish to be appointed.

Updated 1.4.06