Graduate Certificate in Marketing

Build a solid knowledge base in the world of contemporary marketing with this program, designed for students with no previous background in marketing.

Suffolk's Graduate Certificate in Marketing (GCM) is a six-course program for individuals with little or no background in marketing. It is designed to provide fundamental skills and knowledge of marketing principles, consumer behavior, marketing research, and marketing strategy.

As a part-time student, you can complete the GCM in as few as nine months. If you apply to the MSM, MSBA, or MBA degree program at the Sawyer Business School within a year of completing this certificate and earn a GPA of 3.3 or higher, you won't need to take the GRE or GMAT.

Paying for Graduate School

Cost Per Credit (2018-2019)


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: March 15 (priority), then rolling
Spring Semester: October 15 (priority), then rolling
Summer Semester: April 1 (priority), then rolling
Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary education
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Letter of recommendation (Learn more)

Note: Students must have passed a university-level statistics course in the past five years or have equivalent industry experience.

Waiver/Transfer Policy

For a required course, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the five (5) years prior to matriculation, "B" or better, and provide official transcript (with English translation, if applicable).

Candidates who apply within one year of completing their graduate certificate will have applicable courses applied to Sawyer Business School (SBS) graduate degree programs in the same discipline as the certificate as long a grade of "B" or better was earned in that course.

Candidates who apply beyond one year or from a certificate program outside their discipline will have coursework evaluated on a case-by-case basis for relevancy, current degree requirements and current Sawyer Business School waiver and transfer policies.

Transfer credits from the graduate certificate must have an earned grade of "B" or better and have been taken within five (5) years prior to entering a SBS graduate degree program. However, at the discretion of the program director, some courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

View the Federally Mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Graduate Certificate in Marketing.

Courses & Requirements

The MSM curriculum is purpose-built to ground you in cutting-edge concepts and immersive learning with industry leaders.

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