Become an Online Marketing Specialist in Eight Months!

SOM Certificate ProgramThe University of San Diego offers an eight-month certificate program that will help you develop and deploy successful online marketing strategies. The program is designed for marketing professionals and small to medium size businesses whose goal is to expand and increase the impact of their online presence. Courses are taught in a small group setting to maintain a highly interactive environment.

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Learner Outcomes

  • Identify the components of a successful online marketing plan
  • Analyze your current online presence
  • Create keyword strategies that can be applied to website development and search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Learn the primary components of SEO, and how they can improve your business
  • Create pages that influence search engines while keeping visitors interested
  • Learn how to effectively use social media to get the attention of your target audience
  • Apply proven tracking methods to your site and deploy successful marketing campaigns
  • Generate traffic to your website through linking strategies, search engine marketing, advertising, video marketing, email marketing, article distribution, and social media

Who Should Attend

Marketers, business owners, business professionals, and others responsible for marketing will get the tools they need to increase sales or the visibility of their company or organization. Those who require online marketing continuing education to seek professional promotion and anyone considering a career change to the field of online marketing will also benefit from the program.

Course Format

All Courses are delivered in the Classroom format.


Courses are taught by expert practitioners from the online marketing industry.


One course is scheduled each month over an eight month period. Courses are scheduled one day each week for four consecutive weeks from 6:00 – 9:10 PM. Students are evaluated on individual projects assigned throughout each course.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the requirements below to earn a certificate in Strategic Online Marketing. The certificate can be completed in as little as eight months. Read more about Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Complete 8 core courses with final GPA of 2.5 (out of 4) or higher
  • Develop and present a portfolio containing an Online Marketing Strategy tailored to their company’s needs
  • Attend 70% of scheduled classes (for classroom courses only)

Schedule & Fees

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Course # Courses (8 units) Duration SP16 SU16 FA16 *Fee
Building Your Brand and Website
Foundation (1 unit)
4 weeks C: Jan 14 - Feb 4 C: May 5 - May 26 C: Sep 8 - Sep 29 $379
Principles of SEO and Onsite
Optimization (1 unit)
4 weeks C: Apr 7 - Apr 29   C: Oct 6 - Oct 27 $379
Offsite SEO Strategies: Link Building, Content,
Marketing and Website Authority (1 unit)
4 weeks   C: May 5 - May 26 C: Nov 3 - Dec 1 $379
MKT-X804 Email, Blogging, and Video Marketing (1 unit) 4 weeks   C: Jun 9 - Jun 30   $379
MKT-X805 Social Media Marketing (1 unit) 4 weeks C: Jan 14 - Feb 4 C: Jul 7 - Jul 28   $379
MKT-X806 Online Advertising (1 unit) 4 weeks C: Feb 11 - Mar 3     $379
MKT-X807 Web Analytics(1 unit) 4 weeks C: Mar 10 - Mar 31   C: Oct 4 - Oct 25 $379
MKT-X808 Capstone Project Presentations(1 unit) 4 weeks C: Apr 7 - Apr 29 C: Aug 5 - Aug 26   $379
  One Time Certificate Fee         $45
  Total Certificate Cost (8 courses)         $3,077
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced; *Schedule subject to change

Additional Details

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