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Now accepting applications for our Social Media Marketing Program. The application deadline is January 18, 2019. The next cohort will begin January 28, 2019. Apply online or contact our main office 215-717-6006


Immerse yourself in the world of online content and presence with the new Social Media Marketing Certificate. This program provided in-depth experience, featuring real-world clients, their problems, and how to create strategies to build their presence on the world wide web. Read about this program on PhillyCheck out past and upcoming Guest Speakers and events.

The emphasis of our certificate program is on professional practices and integrating industry best practices. This program will prepare students for an entry level position in an agency, within a company/brand, or to launch their freelance career. We’ve streamlined the program so students can complete the program in three semesters within one year.

Marketing agencies need staff with both time management and project management skills--the account side addresses working clients and producing client creative briefs (the messaging); the creative side of an agency interprets the brief for campaigns. All of these skills are also necessary for a freelance career. We’ve created a program that addresses both sides.

Program Structure

Tuition: $600 per course, Fees: $40 per course.

5 in-person sessions | Tuesdays 6-9pm

Additionally, students attend two Thursdays for guest speakers (Spotlight Case Study, Brand Side, Creative Brief, Agency Life Presentation) and on the last Thursday of the five week block to present final projects.

 Why You Should Participate in the Social Media Marketing Certificate:
  • You work as a freelancer, for a small business or non-profit organization and need to better communicate to your customers/audience using a thoughtful social media strategy.
  • You want to develop and manage branding strategies using social media and learn how social media tools interrelate, including best practices, social listening and crisis management.
  • You want to develop appropriate content to improve your organization’s engagement with target audiences and evaluate the effectiveness of social media efforts with analytics and metrics.

Please join the Continuing Education mailing list to get updates on this program, and for information on the application deadline to join the next cohort. If you would like to schedule an advising session to discuss your options with Continuing Education staff, please email

Required Courses

  • Overview of Social Media Marketing
First course | 5 Weeks | $640

Social media represents one of the most significant changes in consumer media behavior in history, resulting in fundamental shifts in the way marketers communicate and interact with audiences. This course provides practical knowledge to establish objectives and implement strategies towards developing best practices and effective use in your organization. Interactive social media tools are examined, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, mobile apps and blogging. You will develop an understanding of the changing world of social media, considering editorial calendars, appropriate use, social listening, policy and copyright, case studies, website optimization, emerging platforms, resources management and content development. Learn how social media is critical to effective and efficient communication. Features a Spotlight Case Study + Final Student Presentations.

  • Effective Writing for Digital Content
Second course | 5 Weeks | $640

Writing solid copy is essential to any digital marketing strategy. However, traditional copywriting does not always translate effectively to the digital landscape. New marketing channels created by evolving digital technology require new ways of communication. Learn the techniques to develop and create copy for marketing emails, websites, online advertising, social media, blogs and mobile technologies. By the end of the course you'll have completed several pieces of a digital marketing campaign to start building a portfolio. Features a Spotlight Case Study guest speaker and Final Student Presentations.

  • Project Management
Third course | 5 weeks | $640

Learn best practices for digital agency operations--from business development to project management this course offers a comprehensive guide. You will examine all aspects of digital agency operation from finding the right clients and negotiating the best price for your services, to contract writing basics and effectively scheduling and managing project workflow. You will be able to scope potential work, create project tasks and identify and confirm user requirements, including interviewing techniques, and present solutions to common project problems.

  • Visual Creative for Digital Media
Fourth course | 5 Weeks | $640

Visual Creative for social media covers branding, photography, video, simple graphic tools to create graphs, infographics, along with other graphical elements that are all crucial to your overall social/digital media strategy.

  • Digital Marketing Strategies
Fifth course | 5 Weeks | $640

The marketing industry has made a significant shift from traditional marketing methods to an increasingly digital focus. The Internet and mobile technologies have made way for new marketing channels, and today’s marketers must be familiar with the ever-evolving digital landscape to stay connected and relevant to their customers. In this course, learn how to drive traffic to a website through a multi-channel approach and convert visitors into customers. You will also learn how to create effective digital campaign strategies using viral marketing, social media, email and online ads.

  • Assessing, Analyzing + Monitoring Social Media
Final course | 5 Weeks | $640

Gain a functional understanding of various monitoring and analytic options across a wide variety of platforms, with a focus on applying these to real-world needs. Create a portfolio of monitoring plans and samples during in-class assignments.

Total Required                                                                                                               12.0                 6 courses