Undergraduate major: marketing (B.B.A.)
Graduate degree: marketing subprogram for the Ph.D. in business administration
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Website: https://tippie.uiowa.edu/marketing

The study of marketing concerns itself with all activities related to the marketing and distribution of goods and services, from producers to consumers. The goal of the department is to make strong contributions to marketing practice and marketing theory with innovative teaching, cutting-edge research, and active community outreach. The marketing curriculum provides a broad foundation in marketing concepts along with opportunities to specialize in areas of vocational interests. The department utilizes multiple teaching methods, including experiential learning, research experiences, case analyses, online and face-to-face classroom training to prepare students to solve a variety of marketing problems that arise in our increasingly complex global economy.

The Department of Marketing offers the undergraduate major in marketing and the subprogram in marketing that leads to the Ph.D. in business administration. Additionally, the department participates in the M.B.A. program; see Master of Business Administration Program in the Catalog.

Related Certificate

Event Planning

The Department of Marketing (Tippie College of Business), the Departments of Communication Studies and Health and Human Physiology, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) collaborate to offer the undergraduate Certificate in Event Planning. Students who earn the certificate will know and be able to demonstrate the basic principles of organizing a successful event. They will gain a robust understanding of the diverse field of event planning and careers in the event planning industry. For information about the certificate, see the Certificate in Event Planning in the Catalog.

Undergraduate Program of Study


Graduate Program of Study


Marketing Courses

MKTG:1300 First-Year Seminar1 s.h.

Small discussion class taught by a faculty member; topics chosen by instructor; may include outside activities (e.g., films, lectures, performances, readings, visits to research facilities).

MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy3 s.h.

Philosophy and activities of marketing; marketing environment of an organization; strategies with respect to marketing decisions, buyer behavior; spreadsheet analysis of marketing problems. Requirements: junior standing.

MKTG:3050 Professional Preparation in Marketing2 s.h.

Overview of alternative marketing careers; required skills and personal characteristics that drives success in these fields; hard and soft skills required in major types of marketing careers; development of a professional brand identity and strategy to find marketing internships and permanent employment opportunities; marketing's relationship to other business and organizational functions and to external environment. Corequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:3051 Career Preparation for Marketing Management1 s.h.

Finding and successfully competing for career opportunities in marketing management; includes online exercises, interactions with marketing executives, and participation in one of the national organizations representing marketing management professionals. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and MKTG:3050.

MKTG:3052 Career Preparation for Retailing1 s.h.

Finding and successfully competing for career opportunities in retailing; online exercises, interactions with retailing executives, and participation in one of the national organizations representing retailing professionals. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and MKTG:3050.

MKTG:3053 Career Preparation for Professional Sales1 s.h.

Finding and successfully competing for career opportunities in professional sales; online exercises, interactions with sales executives, and participation in one of the national organizations representing sales professionals. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and MKTG:3050.

MKTG:3054 Career Preparation for Market Analytics1 s.h.

Finding and successfully competing for career opportunities in market analytics; online exercises, interactions with market research executives, and participation in one of the national organizations representing market research professionals. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and MKTG:3050.

MKTG:3055 Career Preparation for Marketing1 s.h.

Finding and successfully competing for career opportunities in marketing; online exercises, interactions with executives, and participation in a national organization representing professionals. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and MKTG:3050.

MKTG:3100 Marketing Research3 s.h.

Marketing, research methods; role of marketing research information as a tool in management decision making. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and (ECON:2800 or MSCI:2800 or STAT:2020 with a minimum grade of B or ECON:4800 or STAT:4101).

MKTG:3101 Marketing Metrics3 s.h.

Identifying and measuring key metrics that are the focus for marketing plans and the backbone for evaluating marketing performance (e.g., penetration, share of requirements, customer satisfaction, churn rates, click-through rates, and customer lifetime value); relationship between conceptual models of business-to-business and business-to-consumer behaviors and the selection of appropriate metrics; emphasis on use of metrics as basic inputs for goal setting, marketing decision making, and evaluation. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and MKTG:3100.

MKTG:3102 Marketing Analytics3 s.h.

Marketing science models used in strategic and tactical marketing decisions; application of consumer behavior in the development of quantitative models that inform marketing mix decisions (advertising, pricing, and salesforce effort), new product development, product line management, and category management; topics may include product mapping, latent class (segmentation) analysis, conjoint analysis, choice modeling (binary and multinomial logic), diffusion models (word-of-mouth), decision-calculus ("models and manager" technology), churn analysis and web analytics. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and MKTG:3100.

MKTG:3103 Advanced Marketing Research3 s.h.

Traditional and nontraditional research techniques to address business problems that have a relationship to basic research; primary focus on hands-on experience and peer-based learning. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:3200 Consumer Behavior3 s.h.

Behavioral and social aspects of marketing; research methods and findings from behavioral sciences, their relation to production, consumption, and marketing of products, services. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:3300 Web Business Strategy3 s.h.

Introduction to World Wide Web business and marketing; concepts, methods, and applications associated with doing business on the web; web page construction and design; case studies and/or entrepreneurial projects. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:3400 Retail Strategies3 s.h.

Strategies for retail site selection, store design, supply chain management, customer relationship management/customer service; merchandising management strategies for planning merchandise assortments, buying systems, buying merchandise, pricing, promotion. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:3401 Merchandise Management3 s.h.

Merchandise and service mix strategies for alternative retail concepts, including various store and online formats; topics include national brands versus private label, multi-channel distribution, logistics, replenishment strategies, pricing, promotion, product assortment, store layout, and point-of-sale and in-store merchandising. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:3500 Direct Marketing Strategies3 s.h.

Principles and processes of direct and database marketing; insight into the requirements for building a customer-based marketing strategy. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:3700 Marketing Institute Seminar I2 s.h.

Soft skills and professional expertise to succeed in marketing and consulting careers; résumé and interview training, industry presentations, business case assignments, lectures. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000. Requirements: admission to the Marketing Institute.

MKTG:3701 Marketing Institute Field Studies2 s.h.

Plan, design, carry out, and report on a marketing research project for a profit or nonprofit client organization; communicate with managers, apply knowledge of marketing research, meet deadlines, and convert research findings into actionable recommendations for management. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and MKTG:3700. Requirements: admission to the Marketing Institute.

MKTG:3702 Marketing Institute Seminar II2 s.h.

Development of soft skills and professional expertise to succeed in marketing and consulting careers; résumé and interview training, industry presentations, business case assignments, lectures; mentor students in marketing institute seminar. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and MKTG:3700 and MKTG:3701. Requirements: admission to the Marketing Institute.

MKTG:4000 Contemporary Topics in Marketing3 s.h.

Topics not regularly offered in other courses. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:4050 Directed Readings in Marketingarr.

MKTG:4100 Advertising Theory3 s.h.

Advertising as a promotional force; emphasis on theory, planning, resulting strategic and tactical decisions made by advertising executives. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:4101 Integrated Marketing Communications3 s.h.

Making marketing communication decisions and understanding how marketing communications work; planning and evaluation of marketing communications; theories, models, and tools to make better marketing communication decisions; course uses an Integrated Marketing Communications perspective, which involves understanding the role of the different promotional mix elements and coordinating them to develop effective marketing communication programs. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:4200 Sales Management3 s.h.

Personal selling, management of sales force; emphasis on recruitment, selection, training of sales representatives; problems in allocation of sales effort, supervision, control. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:4201 Professional Selling3 s.h.

Personal selling function in overall business strategy and professional selling process that underlies successful sales careers; emphasis on hands-on experiences in developing practical skills in sales strategy, analytics, and communications skills; students develop and make sales presentations, engage in role-playing exercises, and complete applied selling exercises as individuals or in sales teams; focus is on professional selling in a business environment, but students will also apply course concepts in other interpersonal business communications settings. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:4250 Marketing and Sustainability3 s.h.

Concepts for developing and implementing sustainable marketing strategies; developing more environmentally friendly products, more sustainable logistical systems, socially responsible pricing, and promoting sustainable products in a socially responsible way. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:4275 Social Media Marketing3 s.h.

Fundamentals of social media in a marketing context; establishing clear organizational goals, developing appropriate marketing strategies, and determining key campaign logistics (who, when, where); guest speakers and hands-on projects involving social media. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:4300 International Marketing3 s.h.

Differences in global environment: how cultural considerations, political, legal, and economic conditions affect market entry strategies and marketing mix decisions; development of marketing plan for non-U.S. environments. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

MKTG:4500 Marketing Management3 s.h.

Marketing problems of organizations; emphasis on marketing manager's role in developing, presenting goal-oriented marketing strategies; application of marketing concepts to real business situations. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and MKTG:3050 and MKTG:3100 and MKTG:3200 and (MKTG:3101 or MKTG:3102 or MKTG:3103 or MKTG:3300 or MKTG:3400 or MKTG:3401 or MKTG:3701 or MKTG:4000 or MKTG:4101 or MKTG:4200 or MKTG:4201 or MKTG:4250 or MKTG:4275 or MKTG:4300 or MKTG:4800). Requirements: completion of 90 s.h.

MKTG:4800 Field Studies in Marketing3 s.h.

Experience in planning, designing, carrying out, reporting on a marketing research project for a profit or nonprofit client organization; communication with managers, application of marketing research, meeting deadlines, converting research findings into action recommendations for management. Prerequisites: MKTG:3000 and MKTG:3100.

MKTG:4900 Academic Internshiparr.

Professional internship experience with associated academic content.

MKTG:4999 Honors Thesis in Marketing3 s.h.

Independent student project directed by faculty or staff advisor; culminates in thesis that conforms to University Honors Program guidelines; may include empirical research, library research, applied projects. Requirements: admission to the Tippie College of Business honors program.

MKTG:7800 Seminar in Consumer Behavior - Ph.D.3 s.h.

Key facets of consumer behavior—information processing, perception, memory, learning, attitude formation, attitude change, decision making, emotion; behavioral research methods.

MKTG:7850 Seminar in Marketing Models - Ph.D.3 s.h.

Theoretical, operational models in marketing, with emphasis on recent advances; in-depth criticism of models, participation in model development project.

MKTG:7900 Seminar in Research Topics - Ph.D.arr.

Individual research topics.

MKTG:7950 Directed Readings in Marketing - Ph.D.arr.

MKTG:7975 Thesis in Marketingarr.

MKTG:9000 Directed Readings in Marketingarr.

MKTG:9010 Contemporary Topics in Marketing1-3 s.h.

Topics not regularly offered in other courses. Prerequisites: MBA:8110.

MKTG:9015 Social Media Marketing for Business3 s.h.

Fundamentals of social media marketing; establishing clear organizational goals for engaging in social media to market a product or service, developing solid strategies for implementation, and determining other key campaign logistics. Prerequisites: MBA:8110.

MKTG:9110 Category Management3 s.h.

Marketing strategy related to manufacturing product line interactions, retailer product assortment, consumer response; category definition, product line pricing and branding, cross-category promotions, channel coordination, efficient consumer response, loyalty programs, database marketing. Prerequisites: MBA:8110.

MKTG:9120 Customer Relationship Management3 s.h.

Analytical approaches to customer relationship management; issues, techniques and terminology associated with database marketing and data mining; analysis of customer databases; assessing lifetime valuation (LTV) of customers, identifying "high potential" customers, estimating return on marketing investment, building predictive models to estimate the probability of response to a marketing campaign. Prerequisites: MBA:8110.

MKTG:9150 Brand Management3 s.h.

Strategies for building, leveraging, and defending brands; principles of consumer behavior, how they relate to building brand identity and equity; branding of consumer goods and services. Prerequisites: MBA:8110.

MKTG:9165 Digital Marketing Analytics3 s.h.

Comprehensive introduction to current analytic tools and technologies used in digital marketing; hands-on analyses with JMP, a state-of-the-art visually stunning data analysis software; strategic applications of marketing analytics to data from B2C and B2B cases. Prerequisites: MBA:8150 and MBA:8110.

MKTG:9170 Business to Business Marketing3 s.h.

Industrial buyer behavior, buyer-seller relationships, interactive product policy and market segmentation, distribution and selling systems; skill development in market strategy formulation for industrial products and services, and in solving problems and making decisions about industrial marketing. Prerequisites: MBA:8110.

MKTG:9190 International Marketing3 s.h.

Domestic versus international perspective; identification and evaluation of opportunities and risks in non-U.S. markets; research problems in global markets; effects of international organizations, foreign exchange, macroeconomic policies, local law, and cultural differences on consumer behavior and marketing decisions; multinational versus global marketing strategies (entry, product adaptation, channel logistics, pricing, promotion); emphasis on practical applications. Prerequisites: MBA:8110.

MKTG:9200 Field Studies in Marketing3 s.h.

Experience in planning, designing, carrying out, reporting on a marketing research project for a profit or nonprofit client organization; communication with managers, application of marketing research, meeting deadlines, converting research findings into action recommendations for management. Prerequisites: MBA:8110 and MBA:8150.

MKTG:9300 Applied Marketing Research2-3 s.h.

Research design, survey design, sampling, data analysis, qualitative research methods, research project management. Prerequisites: MBA:8110 and MBA:8150.

MKTG:9310 Marketing Analytics2-3 s.h.

Quantitative tools to support marketing planning decisions, including forecasting, elasticity analysis, conjoint analysis, and customer LTV; analysis of syndicated data. Prerequisites: MBA:8150 or MSCI:9100.

MKTG:9320 Strategic Brand Positioning2-3 s.h.

Define market boundaries; use customer and competitor analyses to create sustainable market positions; create and manage brand identities; brand architecture, brand equity measurement. Prerequisites: MBA:8110.

MKTG:9330 Product and Pricing Management2-3 s.h.

Create and capture value through product and service design, including stage-gate evaluation models; implement pricing strategy for new products and existing product lines. Prerequisites: MBA:8110.

MKTG:9340 Customer Analysis2-3 s.h.

Use customer insights to support successful marketing programs; organizational, individual, and joint decision making; post sale satisfaction behaviors. Prerequisites: MBA:8110.

MKTG:9350 Marketing Communication and Promotions2-3 s.h.

Develop effective communication programs for business and consumer markets; manage agency relationships; integrate media/vehicle platforms; track and evaluate investments in communications and promotions. Prerequisites: MBA:8110.

MKTG:9360 Category Management2-3 s.h.

Manufacturer-retailer relationships, product line planning, efficient consumer response, cross-category marketing strategies, competition between national brands and store labels, retailer positioning, customer loyalty.