Stay current. Leap forward.

Set yourself apart with an upgraded skillset in a changing industry.

In case you haven’t noticed, marketing has evolved. The acronyms alone can make your head hurt: CRM, PPC, CMS, LTV, CAN-SPAM, CTR, UX. Keeping up on emerging technologies is essential, but not at the expense of solid marketing fundamentals.

Set yourself apart in a changing industry with Tippie’s Marketing Certificate, featuring MBA-level courses that integrate the new with the old. For a solid foundation, start with proven fundamentals: brand management, market research, pricing. Then, layer in the newest tools: social media marketing, customer relationship management, digital marketing, and marketing analytics. Ideal for current marketing professionals and for those seeking a point of entry into the profession.

Credits you earn can count toward the Iowa MBA through the Professional MBA Program, which has a separate application process.

At a glance

Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, or the Quad Cities

Complete five courses (one required course + four electives)

In-person and online delivery. Predominantly 11-week courses, meeting one night a week 6:00 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., no Fridays. Common formats include five-week intersessions (Friday night/Saturday), and occasional hybrid courses.

Time to complete
As little as 18 months

$10,500 (Five courses at $2,100 each) for the 2020-2021 academic year

No entrance exam required. See details.

Marketing Certificate courses

This course list is valid for Marketing Certificate students pursuing the certificate on its own or as part of the Professional MBA Program. Information about earning the marketing certificate as part of the Online MBA program is also available.

Required course

  • Marketing Management—MBA:8110

Elective courses (select four)

All courses require you to complete Marketing Management first, with the exception of Business Analytics.

  • Applied Marketing Research—MKTG:9300 (Prerequisites: MBA:8150)
  • Business Analytics—MBA:8150 or BAIS:9100
  • Business to Business Marketing—MKTG:9170
  • Contemporary Topics in Marketing—MKTG:9010
  • Customer Analysis—MKTG:9340
  • Customer Relationship Management—MKTG:9120 (Prerequisite: MBA:8150)
  • Digital Marketing Insights, Strategies and Applications-–MKTG:9155
  • International Marketing—MKTG:9190
  • Marketing Communication and Promotions—MKTG:9350
  • Product and Pricing Management (formerly Product & Pricing Decisions)—MKTG:9330
  • Social Media Marketing for Business (online)—MKTG:9015
  • Strategic Brand Positioning (formerly Brand Management)—MKTG:9320

Note: If you waive MBA:8110 Marketing Management based on prior undergraduate or graduate marketing coursework, you’ll need to complete an additional elective course to earn the certificate.


You can start the Marketing Certificate in any semester that Marketing Management is offered. No business prerequisites are needed, and there's no entrance exam. See application deadlines and minimum requirements on the Admission page.

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