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Master of Science in International Marketing Program

David Allan, Ph.D, Chair, Marketing

Christine Kaczmar-Russo, Program Director

Program Objective

The Master of Science in International Marketing is a specialized program designed to equip students with an advanced level of academic expertise in international marketing, and with the critical personal skills to function effectively in diverse, dynamic, ever-changing, and increasingly competitive global environments. The program is appropriate for business majors as well as non-business graduates with liberal arts backgrounds.

Students admitted into the program are required to participate in the International Marketing Study Tour offered as part of the curriculum.

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

  • Applicants for admission must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. The applicant must submit the following:
  • A completed application form, accompanied by a non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts indicating receipt of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Official scores on Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE); information is available for the GMAT at www.mba.com and for the GRE, www.ets.org/gre. Scores on the GMAT/GRE must have been taken within five years of the student’s application;
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from an employer and one from a former professor; if no prior employment, both letters may be from former professors, or if out of school for more than two years, both may be from the employer.
  • Personal statement.
  • Business resumé

International applicants are no longer required to submit a credentials evaluation—transcript evaluations will be performed by Admissions staff. However, applicants already possessing a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts are encouraged to submit this in place of original transcripts. For those who do not possess a course-by­course evaluation, an official record of all college and university academic studies and results of state and/or national examinations taken are required. Academic records must include the name of each individual course, the grade earned, and the grading scale used. Documents must be submitted in one’s native language with an official English translation. The Graduate Operations Office performs all international credential evaluations. Foreign documents, credentials and transcripts must be official (sealed and sent directly from the institution). Only originals or photocopies officially stamped and attested by a school official (Registrar, Principle, or Controller of Examinations) are accepted. Faxes, scanned or notarized copies or copies attested by a department head cannot be accepted as official. All credentials submitted to the Graduate Operations Office become property of the University and cannot be returned.

Foreign applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Arrangements should be made by writing directly to TOEFL, Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A., 08541-6151. Students already in the Philadelphia area who do not have a TOEFL score may be admitted following satisfactory performance on the English test administered at the ELS Center on the Saint Joseph’s University campus. A minimum score of 550, internet based TOEFL 80, or 213 on computerized test on the TOEFL is required to take any courses in the MIM Program. An official IELTS score of 6.5 or official PTE score of 60 is also acceptable. Qualified students who complete Level 112 at the ELS Language Center and receive a strong, positive letter of recommendation from the Center can begin their MIM studies without the official TOEFL score. Foreign applicants seeking an F-1 student visa must also supply a statement of financial support.

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to six credit hours (2 courses) towards the M.S. degree from an accredited college or university, provided the students earned a grade of B or better.

Program Prerequisites

Students who have applied to the program and possess non-business undergraduate degrees are advised that under normal circumstances they must complete the following prerequisite courses prior to entering the program. Under exceptional circumstances, co-registration with specific MIM courses will be considered.

  • Principles of Marketing (MKT 201)or Marketing Concepts (MKT 501)
  • Financial Accounting (ACC 101) or Accounting Concepts (ACC 500)
  • Introduction to Finance (FIN 200) or Financial Management (FIN 503)

Retention Policies

Grading, Probation, Dismissal, and Failure

The grading system in effect at SJU will apply to courses in the M.S. Program. Student advising will be the responsibility of the Program Director, but students' are encouraged to share their academic and career expectations with members of the faculty who teach in the program.

As per university guidelines for graduate study, students enrolled in the M.S. in International Marketing Program who receive a single grade of C or below for three (3) credit hours will be issued a warning letter. Students who receive a grade of C or below for six (6) credit hours will be placed on academic probation and will be so notified in writing by the Program-Director. Students receiving a grade of C or below for nine (9) credit hours will be dismissed from the program.

To graduate, students must fulfill all credit hour requirements for the M.S. degree. Each candidate for graduation must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, no more than two grades below a B, and no F grades outstanding in order to be certified for graduation.

Retention Processes and Policies

Students enrolled in the M.S. in International Marketing Program have six years to complete their M.S. degree from Saint Joseph’s University. Students have six years to complete the program.. Extensions beyond this limit may be made only with the recommendation of the M.S. Program Director, and only for unusual and serious circumstances.

Students who exceed the time limit to complete the M.S. in International Marketing Program will be dismissed from the program. Such students may reapply for admission into the program as new students and start the program with no credit from previous courses taken.

Graduation/Commencement Policies

Students must complete all course requirements prior to graduation. Upon petition to the Program Director, students may be permitted to take part in commencement exercises only after successfully completing at least nine (9) of the ten program courses.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students who have been admitted into the program. In exchange for carrying out assigned duties in the Department, students receive tuition assistance as well as a monthly stipend. For more information, please contact the Director of the M.S. in International Marketing Program.