Social Media Marketing Certificate Program

DePaul University

How long?

  • 6 weeks
  • online

DePaul University


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Who should attend

This program is ideal for individuals looking to gain a deeper understanding of social marketing, experienced digital marketers looking to expand their knowledge, and marketing professionals or those in transition.

The following individuals will benefit from this course:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Nonprofit and small business staff
  • Freelancers
  • Marketing professionals

About the course

Social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn, are an essential part of today's digital marketing mix. In this six-part program you will have access to premier subject matter experts, cutting-edge case studies, and testimonials from businesses successfully using social media marketing. You will analyze real-life examples and perform hands-on work with social media marketing, which will prepare you to take on these duties in you current or future career. Past guests have included social media experts from the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox, Morningstar, LinkedIn, Chicago Tribune, Beam Global, Sprout Social and more.


  • Gain access to real-time case studies, peer-to-peer networking and feedback from peers and instructor
  • Learn the fundamentals of social media marketing, including monitoring and listening, creating a plan, tools and resources and measuring results
  • Identify and understand the various social networks and how to integrate these marketing channels into your current digital and offline marketing programs
  • Learn how to utilize advertising campaigns within social networks
  • Understand the integration of social media marketing with other digital campaigns, including SEO and email marketing
  • Acquire practical experience using web analytics and social media measurement tools


Week 1: Introduction to Social Media Certificate

  • Introduction
  • Stats and insights
  • Golden rules
  • Goals, resources and team building
  • A day in the life
  • Content and blogging
  • Review suggested readings, assignments and final project
  • Group meeting 1
  • Week 2: Social Strategy, Creative and Execution

  • Deeper dive: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Slideshare, Pinterest and Snapchat

  • Case studies

  • Advertising on social media

  • Jobs available in social media

  • Guest speaker

  • Group meeting 2

Week 3: Listening, Monitoring, SEO and Tools

  • Social listening
  • Tools for monitoring
  • Creativity and sharing
  • SEO + Social = Winning
  • Guest speaker
  • Group meeting 3

Week 4: Best Practices to Build Your Brand and Become an Influencer

  • Steps to launch campaigns and brands
  • Guidelines for creating a professional profile that works for you
  • Tools and resources
  • Best practices for social channels
  • Social media wins. . .
  • And fails
  • Guest speaker
  • Group meeting 4
  • Turn in assignments

Week 5: Putting it into Action - Measurement and Analytics

  • Creating a plan
  • Social media guidelines
  • Measurement
  • Key performance indicators
  • Social media experts
  • Group project reminder
  • Guest speaker
  • Group meeting 5

Week 6: Group Presentation and Review

  • Each group will receive real-time feedback from the instructor as well as the class. All final projects are pass/fail and must be presented in order to receive the certificate of completion for this class. Any student who is unable or unwilling to participate in the final project will not receive a certificate of completion.


Steven Kelly

Dr. Kelly is an Associate Professor of Marketing and also serves as co-Director of the Kellstadt Marketing Center (KMC) which offers continuing and professional education in marketing, including the newly developed Jacobs & Stone Multichannel Marketing Communications (MC2) Certificate Program...

Ryan Zieman

Ryan graduated summa cum laude from DePaul University Driehaus College of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business where he studied integrated marketing (honors marketing program) and commercial Spanish. Just a few months later, he moved to Spain where he taught business English, combining...

Social Media Marketing Certificate Program at DePaul University

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