The graduate program in Integrated Marketing Communications is designed for students seeking careers or seeking to advance their careers with marketers, advertising agencies, direct marketing organizations, public relations firms, and the media.
The Schaumburg campus IMC Cohort Program. This program is designed to allow working adults to continue full-time employment while pursuing the degree part-time as part of a cohort group. The cohort goes through the program as an intact group for the entire 36-semester-hour program.
Deadlines. A new cohort will form as needed for each fall semester. The deadline for admission is July 15 each year, and the deadline for registration is August 1.
Time to degree. The cohort is designed to be completed in two academic years, with two courses offered in each term: fall, spring and summer.
Transfer credit. Because this is a cohort program, no credit from any other institution is acceptable for transfer.
Six-year rule. If for any reason a student finds it necessary to withdraw from a cohort, all course work and other requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of the student’s admission to the program. Exceptions are granted only in unusual circumstances.
Admission to the Integrated Marketing Communications program depends on previous academic success and work experience. Any admission with a grade point average below 3.0 will be probationary, requiring grades of B or higher in the first two courses of the program.
Domestic applicants with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher, or a graduate degree in any discipline, will be granted unconditional admission. If the grade point average is between 2.7 and 3.0, probationary admission will be given and enrollment limited to two courses for the first term.
Appeals After Denial. If the grade point average is below 2.7, the applicant may appeal an admission denial by submitting a letter to the department chair with a detailed work history, three letters of recommendation (employers, faculty, etc.), an essay explaining career interests and objectives in the field of integrated marketing communications and writing samples. The applicant also may be asked to submit the results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). All material should be submitted to Graduate Admission, which will forward the materials and the student's transcript to the department's faculty for review. The faculty will review all submitted documents, and, if the appeal is approved, the student will be admitted on probation.
International Students. International students for whom English is not the first language must submit transcripts of college work, results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE). The department recommends that international students also take the Roosevelt University English Language Program placement test before beginning graduate courses. Admission is based on a combination of these measures. In some cases, the faculty may require further evidence of English composition and/or mathematics skills. Students with deficiencies in these skills may be required to take designated undergraduate courses prior to admission.
Graduate students must complete all courses required for their programs, including required undergraduate or English Language Program courses, with a grade point average of B (3.0) or higher. No more than six semester hours of C grades may be counted in the total credits accepted for the master's degree. Although a grade of C is acceptable within the stated guidelines, this indicates work below the level expected of graduate students.
A student who is admitted on probation and falls into probation again in a future term is subject to dismissal from the program.
Students seeking the MSIMC degree are required to complete 36 credit hours with a grade point average of B or higher, including six core courses, five elective courses (including at least three principles electives), and a required capstone course.
*A grade of B- or higher is required to continue in the program. Any student earning a C+ grade or lower must retake the course in the next semester it is offered.
A student who has not completed an internship, practicum, or other final project must maintain continued registration during fall and spring semesters until completion of the project by registering for the appropriate zero-credit course (course number followed by “Y“). Students who have not maintained continuous registration for internship, practicum, or other final project will be required to register for all intervening fall and spring semesters prior to graduation.
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