Peter Drucker, the father of management consulting, once wrote. “Only two business functions produce new customers. They are marketing and innovation.” The skilled marketing manager aids in the process of creating committed customers through product development, branding, customer service, distribution, pricing and promotion. The marketing management concentration prepares you to become adept at adding value to any organization, profit or non-profit.
Our marketing curriculum recognizes the importance of many different topic areas, but puts special emphasis on sound decision-making based on customer, competitor and market information. As such you will study:
A key element of our program is the “Professional Experience” which is designed to ease your transition from academics to industry. All marketing management majors will participate in the Marketing Capstone course which will allow you to consult with a major firm in the region. You will also choose between a marketing internship or three 1 credit courses in our new Professional Workshop program. These workshops, taught by area executives, will deal with cutting edge marketing issues.
All College of Business Administration programs are accredited at the highest possible level by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). In addition, the CBA is one of only 171 schools that have earned separate accounting accreditation. The College has been consistently rated as one of the best business schools in the nation by the Princeton Review and ranked in the top 100 of all undergraduate programs by BusinessWeek magazine.
Our close ties to regional businesses provide many benefits for our students. Business executives share their expertise as mentors and guest lecturers in classes, and provide valuable advice on program and course content, helping to keep our curricula fresh, relevant and rigorous. Students gain valuable hands-on experience through group projects that assign them to solve problems for local businesses and by participating in co-op and internship programs at regional companies.
We are able to provide our students with training in cutting-edge technology as a result of our academic alliances with technology vendors such as SAP, Microsoft, Oracle and Xerox XMPie.
Our active student organizations enable our students to enrich their college experience by providing opportunities for them to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, and by opening doors to new friendships, networking, professional growth, and even jobs. Many of our student organizations have excelled in regional and national competitions, often against highly regarded colleges and universities across the country.
You will work in teams on real-world business situations, applying your classroom knowledge to help solve problems facing local businesses. You will use state of the art research tools and have access to up-to-date databases and company research. Projects span the possibilities of large and small, corporate and not-for-profit enterprises.
The College of Business Administration and University of Akron offers a variety of general business student groups:
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A degree in marketing paves the way for a variety of careers in such areas as:
Research shows that employers are using internships to find qualified full time employees. Hence, they are becoming a near mandatory means for students to make the transition from academics to business. The strong ties between the regional business community and the University of Akron give our students a wide array of internship choices. Our in-house internship placement program simplifies the process and improves outcomes. Marketing students rate their internships among their best experiences in the program.
Opportunities are growing in the field of marketing. Individuals with a high level of creativity and strong communications skills, as well as those with news media and interactive marketing skills, will enjoy strong job prospects. The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and area professionals to optimize placement of University of Akron graduates.