Social Media Marketing (Part-time)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Program Code:
- Business and Hospitality
About the ProgramSocial Media is transforming the way organizations market and communicate. This program focuses on the effective use of social media tools in marketing and communications. Key applications include branding, corporate communication, social media campaigns, and employee engagement. Social Media is used by individuals, customers, marketers, media relations personnel, and other communicators across all types of organizations.
Program InformationAll courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program. Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.
- Diploma or degree from an accredited college or university
- Applicants not meeting the post-secondary education requirements but who have a minimum of two (2) years of related business experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Related experience may include positions in marketing, entrepreneurship, sales, public relations, web development and design, management, business and/or financial analysis, event planning, customer service, or as executive assistants. Such applicants must provide a resume and work-related references.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Application Form.
- Submit proof of admission requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
- Participants are encouraged to complete Social Media in a Marketers World and Marketing Communications courses prior to the remaining courses.
How to ApplyStudents may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo to How to Register for detailed registration information.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
Graduate OpportunitiesThe program will prepare graduates for entry-level positions in marketing, customer service, sales, communications, and media. This program will also appeal to individuals who want to update their social media skills, including small business owners or freelancers who undertake their own marketing and communications functions.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Program Related Resources
- Evaluate the effect of trends on social media marketing tools, applications and practices.
- Use a variety of social media tools and practices to communicate effectively in a marketing environment.
- Design effective marketing applications, using the Internet and social media tools.
- Apply social media tools to engage customers, and build and sustain customer relationships.
- Combine traditional marketing and communication practices with social media applications and strategies to address communication needs.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of social media initiatives.
- Develop strategies that align social media initiatives with corporate goals, branding and communication practices.
Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.
|Course Code||Course Title||Status|
|MKT8200||Social Media in a Marketers World
Description: In this introductory course, learners explore both the foundations of traditional marketing as well as the fundamentals of social media space. You will analyze case-studies to assess the influences on social media as well as addressing how social media impacts and influences fields such as marketing and communication. The course introduces emerging tools and technologies, and examines the benefits of social media for engaging your market, branding your organization, and interacting with employees within your firm.
Description: An explosion of new and exciting ways to reach customers is available to effective marketers, including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and many other media. In this course, you will design a website using industry standard software. You will utilize Search Engine Optimization (SEO) using industry trend best practices to improve your ability to reach customers effectively. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to track interactions with customers using buzz monitoring tools such as Google Analytics.
|MKT8235||Social Media Strategy
Description: Effective social media strategies align with corporate goals, branding, and communication practices. In this course, you will design and implement a comprehensive social media strategy for a product or service. Topics include the social media planning process, integration of traditional marketing and social media, trends affecting the social media space, as well as legal implications and budgeting.
Description: Content generation and community management are key skills of any Social Media team. This course will give students hands-on skills in generating content for both internal and external audiences.Topics include generating content for blogs, microblogs and videoblogs, how to build 2-way engagement, reputation management, crisis management, writing and editing in a social world, PR, how to target influencers and how to effectively manage a community.
|MKT8250||Social Media Applications and Measurement I
Description: In this course, you will receive hands-on experience with the top trending social media platforms in the market today. Topics include using the various platforms to meet business objectives, tying various platforms together in to a single online presence and how to navigate the various platforms. The course also focuses on monitoring and measurement processes. Participants will learn about the tools available for monitoring and measuring social media initiatives.
|MKT8260||Social Media Applications and Measurement II
Description: In this course, you will receive hands-on experience with new and emerging social media mediums that are either in the market today or projected to become an important media for business in the near future. The course also focuses on monitoring and measurement processes. You will develop an online presence and apply measurement theory through practical assignments.
Annual Delivery Schedule
|Course Code||Course Title||Fall||Winter||Spring|
|MKT8200||Social Media in a Marketers World||X|
|MKT8235||Social Media Strategy||X|
|MKT8250||Social Media Applications and Measurement I||X|
|MKT8260||Social Media Applications and Measurement II||X|
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