These paths offer industry demanded academic focuses to broaden your knowledge base and be more competitive in the job market. WVU Areas of Emphasis give you the ability to develop specific areas of expertise. Add expertise to fill a knowledge gap in your company or to move into an area of marketing in which you’re interested. Each AOE consists of four 3-credit courses, three of which can be applied as electives. The final 3 credits are additional to your degree requirements. So an IMC Degree with a specialization requires 11 courses, 33 credits, and adds $2,460 to the total cost of the degree.
The Creative Strategy specialization prepares students for careers that focus on the creative aspects of integrated marketing communications planning and execution. Whether you love content creation, visual art or both, the Creative Strategy specialization helps you develop the skills needed to deliver great content to a variety of consumers.
The Data Marketing Communications specialization is perfect for students who want to use available data as part of a greater integrated marketing communications strategy. You will use a data-driven approach to bridge the gap between communicators and data scientists and you'll be equipped to implement and refine strategic marketing communications activities.
The Digital and Social Media specialization gives IMC students the tools they need for future careers using digital and social media as part of a greater integrated marketing communications strategy. From social media best practices to search engine optimization, from web metrics to developing a broader digital ad strategy, this AOE equips students with the skills needed to thrive as digital and social media specialists.
The Healthcare Communication specialization prepares IMC students for data-minded careers within the healthcare industry. An ever-changing and competitive industry, the healthcare field needs effective communicators to develop healthcare communication campaigns using integrated marketing strategies.
The Higher Education Marketing specialization prepares IMC students to pursue careers utilizing integrated marketing communications strategies for student recruitment and institutional branding initiatives. This specialization equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to develop strong integrated marketing communications campaigns that are rooted in data and analysis.
The Public Relations Leadership specialization teaches the skills that IMC graduate students need in order to lead a company's public relations department or to run their own PR firm. Students are exposed to coursework that provides practical knowledge, data-minded analysis and hands-on experience in both client- and agency-related public relations.
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