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Do I have to go to grad school if I want to go into Marketing?

Topic: Grad School | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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No, you do not need to go to graduate school if you want to work in the marketing field. However, with a bachelors degree, you will most likely start in an entry level position. If you have a masters degree you will most likely start at a higher level and have a higher salary. Having a masters degree will show prospective employers that you have a deeper level of understanding of the field. If you choose not to go that route, then having a good internship experience at the undergraduate level will become that much more important.

Answered by: Julie O'brien C. | almost 4 years ago
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If you want to go into marketing, you don't have to go to grad school, however grad school may be helpful on your application depending on where you apply to for a job and what kinds of qualifications they are looking for.

Answered by: Beentheredonedat J. | about 4 years ago
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Grad school is not necessary initially. When you first graduate from college, it is wise to find an entry level marketing position. Then, after spending two to three years in that position, you can begin considering grad school. A popular option is to get an MBA with an emphasis on marketing. If you want to get into managerial positions in marketing, then an MBA is generally a prerequisite. So, grad school is not initially necessary, but it is a wise choice after a few years in the workplace.

Answered by: Mem4dr A. | about 4 years ago
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A bachelor's degree is definitely sufficient for a career in marketing. It is not a must to also go to grad school. If you want some extra confidence in your resume, try getting a few internships. This will also give you real career experience.

Answered by: Rancor204 F. | almost 4 years ago
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You do not need to go to grad school to have a career in Marketing. A basic Associates or Bachelors degree in Marketing can be a great start in a Marketing career. A Master's degree always adds an edge over the competition. Most employers want a basic Bachelors degree in order to compete. It is a good idea to inquire with company if a grad degree is a necessity.

Answered by: Opal O. | almost 4 years ago
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You definitely don't need to go to grad school. Majoring in marketing at the undergraduate level will definitely help you get a job. Much of the marketing industry knowledge is gained through work experience. Each company and each client will have specific needs and very different advertising campaigns. Getting a marketing internship while you are still in school is the first step to getting your foot in the door and starting your marketing career.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | almost 4 years ago
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Honestly, you don't have to go to grad school at all after you complete your undergrad degree no matter what field you want to go into. Going to graduate school is completely optional, however many people suggest continuing your education to give you an edge on the competition and to increase your potential salary. I have a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and I have no plans on attending graduate school. My first job out of college was a Marketing Representative position and since then simply having a degree has gotten me a few other jobs. I have a friend who went to grad school right after college thinking that she should be able to get a higher paying job simply because she had a Master's degree...wrong!! She didn't have the experience the companies were looking for in addition to having a Master's. I suggest that you get your feet wet a little and make sure that Marketing is the right field for you. After all, many graduates end up working in a field different from what their degree is in. My point is, you don't want to spend money and time going to graduate school only to realize you really don't enjoy Marketing that much.

Answered by: Just A Thought F. | almost 4 years ago
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You don't have to, but it helps. The recession is being blamed for a lot of setbacks lately, but standing out in the crowd of undergrads is so much more important now more than ever, so the more qualifications and training you have under your belt, the better. Job experience counts, too, so if you're unable to fund grad school, look into internship options, cruise job fairs for your chosen field or just put out feelers in the job market, including directly inquiring to employers.

Answered by: Julia Jolie Y. | almost 4 years ago
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No, it is not a "must" to go to grad school for a degree in marketing. There are many jobs that require 4-year degrees in Marketing, and nothing more. If you want to really ensure that you will have a job after graduating college, try to set up some internship opportunites for yourself. It will be a great asset to you to have a four year degree in marketing as well as actual job experience.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | about 4 years ago
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No, you do not have to go to graduate school for Marketing. A BA is all you need. In order to excel in a Marketing career, experience will count more than a Masters. If you work and get great references, as well as clients, then there is no need to worry about a Masters.

Answered by: Mayell U. | about 4 years ago
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Everyone that I know in Marketing got into by connections. I would suggest linkedin and your friends to find connections. If all else fails go to grad school.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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Graduate school is not necessary to receive a degree in Marketing. You can receive a bachelor's degree and hold a management position. However, if you decide to purse a master's degree, you can hold higher level positions with higher salaries.

Answered by: Kasey1720 S. | about 4 years ago
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Not really, but it would be very beneficial. A masters in marketing would give you more job options and higher pay. You can start off without one and always go back to school if you want to expand your horizons.

Answered by: Moose K. | about 4 years ago
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Not absolutely. Grad school would probably be a better experience for you in marketing, since the major is so popular and competitive but it is not a necessity. It really just depends on what a specific employer is looking for. My suggestion is if you already have your Bachelor degree, to start applying to marketing firms and similar jobs and go from there. If you find that you are not qualified due to lack of farther education and marketing is what you really want to do, then yes it probably is the wisest decision (you're not getting any yonger!)

Answered by: Christie18 B. | about 4 years ago
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If you have the connections no you don't have to go to grad school. If you can't get a job with your current connections then you probably should consider it.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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I would recommend applying for both jobs and to graduate schools once you finish your undergraduate program. If you can get a good job without the graduate school then take it, if you cannot get a good job then go back to school. It is really up to the whim of the market at that time.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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No, a marketing degree does not require grad school. Going to grad school for marketing would only help increase your pay, and help you land a job that is higher up in a business. You could always just get your bachelors and work your way up in the company if you do not want to go to grad school.

Answered by: Nb07 Y. | about 4 years ago
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A graduate degree is valuable in any area of study, marketing included. However, it is not a necessity. A good internship or knowledgeable contacts in the field of marketing can also help you begin your career. Again, as with any field, the more you know about marketing, the greater your potential.

Answered by: M Davis T. | about 4 years ago
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Going to grad school for marketing is only an added bonus. Most schools offer a four year program that will give you a marketing degree. Now, going to grad school will help in the job market, but will not prevent you from finding work. My friend graduated from carson newman college in Tennesse after four years (no grad school) and now does advertising for Coca-Cola. There are plenty of possibilities for a four year degree.

Answered by: Lmukeeper O. | about 4 years ago
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No, it's not completely necessary. In fact, a new trend is showing that if you do choose to go to grad school at some later point, having the experience of entering the job field after graduation can be a great benefit. Experience itself is very valuable.

Answered by: Mixtape C. | about 4 years ago
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You do not have to grad school in order to do marketing. You can do just fine with a BS or BA in marketing. As long as you have the skills needed in order to gain a position. Grad school is for people who is looking to teach into marketing.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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No, but grad school would let you learn more about marketing. It would also look good on your resume. If your competing with another person for the same job and you went to grad school and they didn't- you would more than likely be chosen for the position. Grad school is also helpful in that you always have the ability to teach at a college if you have trouble finding a job.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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No, not at all. However, he earnings and the positions available depend on education and experience. Do your research. If that position is easier to get with a graduate degree, then you should get one. Earnings also depend on experience, but getting a graduate degree can put you on the fast track for higher earnings.

Answered by: Junior Sweet P. | about 4 years ago
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No, you don't need graduate school to enter the field of marketing, however, it certainly doesn't hurt.

Answered by: Ralloh X. | about 4 years ago
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Marketing is a very special field. Without grad school it is fairly difficult to find a job that uses what the major gives you. Grad school will definitely help you find a job that mirrors what you learn during school.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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Depending on the area of marketing that you are looking to accomplish. Most companies are accepting applicants with a BA or BS in Marketing. Most companies go by experience and great ideas when they are looking for someone in marketing.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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its not necessary to go to graduate school.but some time its necessary to go because its all depends on the company that offers a job.many companys searching for an employee with good talent some companys searching for an employee with talent and graduation..

Answered by: Ritesh M. | about 4 years ago
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You do not necessarily have to go to grad school for marketing. You can still get a job if you don't, but like in everything it helps if you do go to grad school. In my opinion I would go to grad school if I were you.

Answered by: Nogulous C. | about 4 years ago
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It is better to go for grad school to refine your skills. Though you can take a job in marketing without going to grad school, it may not be beneficial in the long run. Stamps pay a role in getting some of the best jobs and grad school would help you with this.

Answered by: Sandra P. | about 4 years ago
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You do not have to grad school in order to do marketing. You can do just fine with a BS or BA in marketing. As long as you have the skills needed in order to gain a position. Grad school is for people who is looking to teach into marketing.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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No, but grad school would let you learn more about marketing. It would also look good on your resume. If your competing with another person for the same job and you went to grad school and they didn't- you would more than likely be chosen for the position. Grad school is also helpful in that you always have the ability to teach at a college if you have trouble finding a job.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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No, not at all. However, he earnings and the positions available depend on education and experience. Do your research. If that position is easier to get with a graduate degree, then you should get one. Earnings also depend on experience, but getting a graduate degree can put you on the fast track for higher earnings.

Answered by: Junior Sweet P. | about 4 years ago
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No, you don't need graduate school to enter the field of marketing, however, it certainly doesn't hurt.

Answered by: Ralloh X. | about 4 years ago
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Marketing is a very special field. Without grad school it is fairly difficult to find a job that uses what the major gives you. Grad school will definitely help you find a job that mirrors what you learn during school.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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Depending on the area of marketing that you are looking to accomplish. Most companies are accepting applicants with a BA or BS in Marketing. Most companies go by experience and great ideas when they are looking for someone in marketing.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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its not necessary to go to graduate school.but some time its necessary to go because its all depends on the company that offers a job.many companys searching for an employee with good talent some companys searching for an employee with talent and graduation..

Answered by: Ritesh M. | about 4 years ago
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You do not necessarily have to go to grad school for marketing. You can still get a job if you don't, but like in everything it helps if you do go to grad school. In my opinion I would go to grad school if I were you.

Answered by: Nogulous C. | about 4 years ago
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It is better to go for grad school to refine your skills. Though you can take a job in marketing without going to grad school, it may not be beneficial in the long run. Stamps pay a role in getting some of the best jobs and grad school would help you with this.

Answered by: Sandra P. | about 4 years ago
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In short the answer is "no". But having a graduate degree will always help not just in marketing profession but in any other discipline. One can find a job with just an undergrad degree but if you can do master's in the same discipline then it can certainly give you a boost to your career.

Answered by: Munawer P. | about 4 years ago
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yes. definitely you go for know grad school for knowing tha basic things first.

Answered by: Kutty K. | about 4 years ago
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No, you just need a Bachelors degree for most jobs involved in that field. I would suggest trying to get an internship while in school or work part time in sales while you are in school. This will get you the hands on experience most companies want. Marketing and sales jobs are more focused on what you can "do" rather than what you "know". Its all about the bottom line and what your part is in making that number.

Answered by: Westin N. | about 4 years ago
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