Top 50 Graduate Schools for Marketing in the U.S.

Check out the top 50 graduate schools for marketing, which include colleges and universities with strong institutional reputations and high-ranking programs. Learn about the degree options at four high-profile universities, and review a listing of other schools in the U.S. that offer graduate marketing programs. View article »

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Top Marketing Grad Schools

Both graduate students interested in advanced marketing careers and marketing professionals who need a graduate degree to pursue career advancement may be interested in finding a top school that fits the best. Let's explore 50 of the top colleges and universities in the nation with graduate schools for marketing.

Four of the top 50 graduate schools for marketing include Northwestern University, Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Carnegie Mellon University. These schools have been selected based on their 2016 national rankings by U.S. News and World Report as well as what their program has to offer graduate students in terms of educational opportunities. Each of these schools offers a Master of Business Administration in Marketing as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing.

Northwestern University in Evanston, IL

Faculty in the Northwestern University school of marketing are leading scholars in their field, including a past president of the Association of Consumer Research, an L.G. Levanted Professor of the Year, and a recipient of the Marketing Educator of the Year Award, presented by the American Marketing Association.

In 2016, Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg School of Management was ranked the best graduate marketing school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Students in the Master of Business Administration program can study marketing or marketing management. Although the programs are similar, the marketing track teaches general marketing skills and concepts, while the marketing management track is designed for students interested in specific types of marketing or advertising careers. The MBA program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. The Kellogg School of Management also offers a Ph.D. in marketing.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania is one of eight schools constituting America's Ivy League. The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, which houses the university's marketing department, was ranked as the second best marketing program in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2016. The Wharton School offers an MBA in marketing or marketing management, with the latter emphasizing business, product, or account management.

Ph.D. candidates conduct in-depth studies into marketing theories and methodologies. They also use statistics, psychology and other interdisciplinary tools to predict marketing outcomes. Major companies like Frito-Lay, Marriott, and Shell Oil have used products and marketing tools designed by the Wharton Marketing Department at the University of Pennsylvania to improve their performance.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Stanford University's graduate marketing program was ranked fourth in the country for 2016 by U.S. News and World Report. Full-time graduate students can complete the MBA in marketing in two years. In-depth studies include topics in consumer and business marketing, as well as brand identity, analytics, and consumer behavior. Experienced professionals may be interested in the MSx Program, formerly known as the Sloan Master's Program, a 12-month course of study for accepted Sloan Fellows. For students looking to devote their careers to research, a Ph.D. program is available. Stanford offers a Quantitative Marketing track within their Ph.D. program by collaborating with the Economics and Statistics Departments.

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA

As of 2016, U.S. News and World Report lists Carnegie Mellon's business school as the 18th best in the nation. Students in Carnegie Mellon's MBA program have the option to complete the program as a full-time student, a part-time student through an online and on-campus hybrid program, or as an on-campus part-time student. While full-time students may complete the program in 21 months, part-time students usually take 32 months. The MBA program has a five to one student-faculty ratio. Students in the Ph.D. program will find themselves in a research-focused program with a special emphasis on economics, psychology, and statistics.

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There are many other colleges and universities with top graduate marketing programs.

School Name Distinction Location
Clemson University Has a Master of Science in Marketing program focused on analytical studies and quantitative analysis Clemson, SC
Columbia University Had the fifth best marketing program in the country in 2016, according to U.S. News and World Report; Business School offers a Master of Science and Ph.D. in marketing New York, NY
Dartmouth College Business school was tied for the eight best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2016. Hanover, NH
DePaul University Has an M.S. in marketing analysis program focused on using data points from commerce to make informed marketing decisions Chicago, IL
Duke University Was tied for sixth on the U.S. News & World Report list of top graduate marketing programs Durham, NC
Eastern Michigan University Offers graduate certificates in marketing and MBA specializations in marketing management or e-business Ypsilanti, MI
Florida State University Has M.S. and Ph.D. in marketing programs in which students can participate in the school's research-driven Sales Institute Tallahassee, FL
Fordham University The MBA in marketing program includes specialized tracks in marketing, product, or advertising management New York, NY
Georgia State University Offers MBA, fast-track M.S., and Ph.D. in marketing programs Atlanta, GA
Harvard University The marketing program was ranked third by U.S. News and World Report; offers a doctoral and MBA program with an emphasis on marketing Boston, MA
Indiana University Graduate business school and marketing program ranked 15th, according to U.S. News & World Report; offers an MBA and a Ph.D. in marketing Bloomington, IN
Johns Hopkins University Has the Carey Business School, which offers an M.S. in marketing in Baltimore or Washington, D.C. Baltimore, MD
Louisiana State University Ranked 62nd of the best business schools in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report; offers an MBA specialization in brand marketing Baton Rouge, LA
Loyola Marymount University Offers an MBA with an emphasis on marketing management Los Angeles, CA
Loyola University Has a five-year B.A./M.S. in integrated marketing communications program Chicago, IL
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ranked fifth among graduate business schools by U.S. News and World Report in 2016 Cambridge, MA
Michigan State University Offers a traditional Master of Science or joint bachelor's and master's program in marketing research East Lansing, MI
New York University Has full-time MBA options in marketing and digital marketing; Ph.D. in marketing program New York, NY
Ohio State University Has traditional MBA, MBA in marketing management for working professionals, and Ph.D. in marketing programs Columbus, OH
Oklahoma State University Has full-time or part-time MBA with a marketing emphasis and Ph.D. in marketing programs Stillwater, OK
Saint John's University - New York Has advanced professional certificate and MBA in marketing Management programs Queens, NY
Saint Joseph's University Has an M.S. in international marketing program can that be completed in one year Philadelphia, PA
Syracuse University Offers an MBA in marketing, M.S. in media management, and Ph.D. in marketing management Syracuse, NY
Temple University Has an M.S. in marketing program that offers tracks in marketing research and communication Philadelphia, PA
Texas A&M University Mays Business School offers an M.S. and a Ph.D. in marketing through which students can work closely with A&M's Center for Retailing Studies College Station, TX
University of Akron Offers MBA in direct interactive marketing or strategic marketing programs Akron, OH
University of Alabama Offers a nine-month M.S. in marketing and a Ph.D. program with a focus on original research and teaching Tuscaloosa, AL
University of California - Berkley U.S. News and World Report ranked the Haas School of Business ninth for its graduate marketing program in 2016 Berkley, CA
University of California - Los Angeles Has a Ph.D. in marketing program that requires 13 classes outside of the field of study, which allows for a breadth of education and research opportunities Los Angeles, CA
University of Chicago James M. Kilts Center for Marketing offers a marketing fellowship program with scholarships and mentoring Chicago, IL
University of Connecticut Offers an advanced business certificate, as well as MBA and Ph.D. in marketing programs Storrs, CT
University of Florida Tied for 14th among top public schools according to U.S. News and World Report in 2016 Gainesville, FL
University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business offers an MBA in marketing program on a full-time day or part-time evening basis Houston, TX
University of Iowa Has an MBA program focused on real-world problems and how to use marketing research to practical solve issues Iowa City, IA
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ross School of Business ranked sixth for its graduate marketing program by U.S. News and World Report in 2016 Ann Arbor, MI
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Has a full-time MBA program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School that focuses on customer and product management, market analysis, and strategy Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Texas Has an MBA in marketing program that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Denton, TX
University of Oregon Has an MBA program that offers a track in innovation and entrepreneurship with an emphasis on marketing and strategic planning; the sports business track focuses on sports marketing and management Eugene, OR
University of Saint Thomas Offers traditional MBA, evening MBA, and executive mini-masters in marketing programs St. Paul, MN
University of Southern California Has faculty members that hold positions in the Journal of Marketing and Strategic Management Journal Los Angeles, CA
University of South Florida Offers M.S. and Ph.D. in marketing programs that are accredited by the AACSB and SACS Tampa, FL
University of Texas - Austin The graduate marketing program at the McCombs School of Business tied for 11th by U.S. News and World Report in 2016 Austin, TX
University of Virginia Has MBA, Executive MBA, and Global MBA for executives programs; Ph.D. in business program with a track in marketing Charlottesville, VA
University of Wisconsin - Madison Offers three MBA options in marketing research, brand and product management, and supply chain management Madison, WI
Vanderbilt University Owen School of Graduate Management offers an MBA or a Ph.D. in management with a focus on marketing Nashville, TN
Xavier University Offers several ways to achieve the MBA, including a full-time on campus option or flexible evening and weekend classes Cincinnati, OH

There are many options available for graduate students and professionals looking for a graduate marketing program. These top schools offer a wide array of marketing and MBA degrees online, on campus, part time, or full time, presenting a myriad of opportunities for interested students.

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