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2021 Best Marketing Master's Degree Schools

109 Colleges
$57,453 Avg Salary
$41,404 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Marketing Master's Degree School for You

With 51,241 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, marketing is the #5 most popular major in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which business program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Business Degree Central has developed this Best Marketing Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 109 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for business students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Marketing Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the marketing master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best Marketing Master's Degree Schools

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our 2021 rankings named University of Pennsylvania the best school in the United States for marketing students working on their master’s degree. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

While working on their Master's Degree, marketing majors at UPenn accumulate an average of around $71,799 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $478.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northwestern University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#4

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lehigh University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem.

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#5

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Out of the 96 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Vanderbilt University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

On average, marketing graduates from Vanderbilt take out $79,640 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $815, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #6, University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well on this year’s best schools for marketing students working on their master’s degree. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison.

The average amount in student loans that marketing majors at Wisconsin take out while working on their Master's Degree is $35,474. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $437.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign ranked #7 on this year’s Best Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

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#8

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for marketing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

While working on their Master's Degree, marketing majors at Boston U accumulate an average of around $42,903 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $501.

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With a ranking of #9, University of Southern California did quite well on this year’s best schools for marketing students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

On average, marketing graduates from USC take out $109,742 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,014, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

On average, marketing graduates from Johns Hopkins take out $41,203 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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#11

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia ranked #11 on this year’s Best Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Athens, UGA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, marketing graduates from UGA take out $21,076 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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With a ranking of #12, Southern Methodist University did quite well on this year’s best schools for marketing students working on their master’s degree. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas.

After completing their Master's Degree, marketing graduates from SMU carry an average student debtload of $90,807. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,117.

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#13

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for marketing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that marketing majors at Michigan State take out while working on their Master's Degree is $32,437. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $350.

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#14

American University

Washington, DC

American University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Marketing students that almost earned our Best Marketing Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
15 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
16 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
17 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
18 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
19 Yeshiva University New York, NY

Marketing by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Marketing is one of 21 different types of business programs to choose from.

Marketing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 49,088
Other Marketing 1,328
International Marketing 618
Marketing Research 207

Majors Similar to Marketing

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Human Resource Management 26,823

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Nick Youngson.

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