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Degree Programs

Being a student in one of the marketing-related programs offered by the Penn State Smeal College of Business demands creativity, an analytical mindset, and a commitment to hard work. Our alumni around the world have a reputation for rolling up their sleeves, getting the job done, and making a difference in their organizations. That approach is fostered during their time as students at Smeal.

Within our programs, engaged faculty arm students with fundamentals in the discipline while preparing them to apply leading-edge concepts and tools to make better business decisions. Smeal marketing graduates are customer-driven, focused on the customer’s needs and wants, and eager to do the work necessary to accommodate those needs and create a positive impact in their organization and society.

Undergraduate Education

At the undergraduate level, the Smeal major in marketing focuses on exploring the fundamentals and emphasizes the balance between traditional topics (sales, retailing) and recent innovations (marketing analytics, digital marketing). The major includes focus areas in brand management, digital marketing, marketing analytics, retail and merchandise management, consultative selling, and sports marketing. Students can build hands-on skills in these areas through our two organizations, The Penn State Marketing Association and Penn State Prime, as well as through connections with our research centers. Current and prospective students should visit the Academics & Advising website for additional resources including career information, current events, and relevant departmental links.

PENN STATE SMEAL VOICES
"There are so many different avenues you can take with a marketing degree, especially when you have an overall understanding of business."
- Smeal Marketing Graduate Greg Robinson '12, Media Strategy, College Ave Student Loans

Graduate Education

At the graduate level, Smeal offers a full-time, residential MBA Program with an elective concentration area in marketing; a Ph.D. Program with an emphasis in marketing; and a new online Graduate Certificate in Marketing Analytics. Several other Smeal programs offer graduate-level coursework in marketing.