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MASTER OF MARKETING RESEARCH
The Master of Marketing Research (MMR) degree is designed to prepare individuals with diverse backgrounds for careers in marketing research and to meet the need of businesses, government, or nonprofit organizations for competent marketing research professionals. The program's goal is to develop professional marketing researchers who: (1) understand business operations, marketing processes, and the complexity and nature of marketing problems; (2) can apply research to help solve management problems, define marketing opportunities, and aid in decision making; (3) can plan, execute, and manage a research project; (4) know marketing research techniques and specialties; (5) can write a cogent, well-organized research report; and (6) can communicate research proposals, results, conclusions, and recommendations clearly and effectively. The MMR graduate will be well prepared to practice marketing research and to make substantial contributions to the marketing research profession.
The curriculum combines course work involving a balance of theoretical studies and applications through projects with emphasis on the role of research and the effectiveness of marketing decisions within organizations. MMR courses stress the development of strong analytical skills through the solution of class-assigned problems and exercises with courses that use projects, cases, and simulations to illustrate the application of these skills. Courses are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends so that students may participate in an internship program on an ongoing basis.
CORPORATE SPONSORED GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP/INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
In addition to graduate fellowships and department-based graduate assistantships, the MMR program provides all admitted students with an opportunity of corporate-sponsored internships/assistantships. A number of corporations and marketing research agencies provide funding and opportunity to gain valuable research experience for qualified MMR students. All MMR internships carry a monthly stipend and a complete tuition waiver. Further information can be obtained from the MMR program director.
Applicants to the Master of Marketing Research program should complete the following steps: apply for admission to the Graduate School (including providing appropriate support material, e.g., official transcripts); submit to the director of the MMR program an essay articulating effectively the applicant's career goals as these relate to interest in pursuing the program; and take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). International students must also earn a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on the internet-based TOEFL. All applicants are also required to submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's qualifications and likelihood of successful completion of degree requirements.
Admission to the MMR program is highly selective and competitive. The program director, in consultation with marketing faculty, decides who will be admitted based on a balanced appraisal of each component of the applicant's credentials. As a general rule, strong undergraduate performance (high grade point average), above average GMAT scores (including Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing components), and an intense interest in pursuing a career in marketing research are essential prerequisites for admission to the MMR program. Applicants who are denied admission may request a review of their credentials by the MMR Admissions Review and Retention Committee which makes its recommendation to the program director. The decision of the program director is final. Applicants who hold a PhD or equivalent in a recognized field from an accredited university need not submit a GMAT score.
Students are expected to enter the program with competencies in statistics and statistical software and business fundamentals. Admitted students who lack these competencies may satisfy the requirements in the following manner:
PROGRAM OF STUDY
Students pursuing the MMR degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the business fundamentals and statistics competencies.
Program courses (21 hours): MKTG 530, 540, 541, 544, 546, 548, 550.
Elective courses (9 hours): taken from the following:
MKTG 532, 534, 560, 561, 562, 595, STAT 487, 583, 589.
Other business electives consistent with the program's goals and student's career objectives may be taken with approval from the program director. Only 3 hours of 400-level course work may be used to satisfy MMR degree requirements.
SPECIALIZATION IN BUSINESS ANALYTICS
An MMR student may opt for a specialization in Business Analytics. To complete the specialization, MMR student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 36 hours of course work as outlined in the Program of Study in the graduate catalog and satisfy the following Business Analytics requirements:
MKTG 546 – Quantitative Methods (3)
MKTG 544 – Information Fundamentals (3)
CMIS 566 – Introduction to Business Intelligence and Analytics (3)
CMIS 567 – Business Analytics Capstone course and
Elective courses (6 hours): taken from the following:
MKTG 534, 560, 561, and 562. (The choice of electives must be approved by the program director.)
In addition to completing the required coursework, students must also satisfy a comprehensive examination requirement as outlined in MKTG 550. This course, in which the student designs and completes a marketing research project, is an integrated experience and will ordinarily be the last course taken. Upon completion of the marketing research project, the written report must be in a form suitable for presentation. It must be defended orally before the participating organization, faculty, and MMR students. Students who earn a grade below B will be given a second opportunity to complete the course in a satisfactory manner. Performance of individuals who fail to earn a B or above in the second attempt will be reviewed by two additional members of the marketing faculty who may recommend that the student be dropped from the program or, in rare instances, be permitted a third attempt to earn a grade of B or above under another instructor.