MSc – Marketing and Consumer Studies
Specialize your degree and equip yourself with the skills needed to lead marketing research projects.
In order for a business to succeed, decision makers must be able to understand the behaviour and trends of consumers. The MSc in Marketing and Consumer Studies program focuses on examining, understanding and influencing consumers and will equip you with the skills and expertise needed to manage large-scale research projects. It will further prepare you to pursue a career in marketing, brand management, product development, market research, and consumer protection policy. The program also provides an excellent training towards the pursuit of a PhD in marketing, consumer behaviour or a related business discipline.
The MSc program draws on a variety of disciplines in markeing theory and research methods. You will complete five core courses, including consumption behaviour and marketing theory, three graduate courses in measurement and analysis, and an elective course exploring theoretical topics in marketing, which will help you develop your thesis.
"After graduation I plan on finding a job in the field of marketing research. UofG not only has equipped me with the tools to be successful in the field, but they have prepared me to be a cut above the rest of the applicants."
Caleb Sawh, MSc student
You'll complete your MSc degree within two years. During the first year, you'll focus on your coursework and collaborate with faculty and fellow peers on research projects. You'll then be given guidance from an advisory committee to complete your research and develop a strong thesis.
Graduates of this program pursue careers in a number of unique areas in marketing, advertising and public sector, including;
- Marketing research
- Brand management
- Marketing management
- Advertising and communication
- Quality management
- Quality control consulting
Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:
- A four-year honours Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) with at least a B average in the final two years of undergraduate study.
- International applicants should use this guide to compare their academic credentials and determine the grade equivalency needed.
- An academic background in consumer studies, the social sciences or humanities, marketing, finance, or real estate.
- GMAT or GRE score. The preferred scores are 600 (GMAT) or 60th percentile in all sections (GRE). The GMAT or GRE is a requirement for all applicants.
- An English proficiency test is required for applicants whose first language is not English. If an applicant has completed a degree from an institution where the language of instruction was English, the Department may waive this language requirement at the discretion of the admissions committee. This may require additional documentation and/or an interview.
Applicants with considerable professional experience in a business or management role, who meet the minimum grade requirements but are lacking in the required academic areas may be asked to complete one or more recommended undergraduate courses in order to comply with program standards.
The application deadline is February 1 for the following Fall semester.
To apply to the University of Guelph’s MSc in Marketing and Consumer Studies, follow these steps:
- Create your OUAC account online.
- Complete the online application form through the OUAC portal (this will take about an hour – save your application regularly to avoid losing your work) by listing your demographic information, academic experience, work experience and referee information.
Statement of Research: Please do not enter your statement into the OUAC online application. You will upload your statement later in the application process.
Application Fee: Your application will not be submitted until you have paid the application fee.
- Following the completion of your online application, you will receive an email from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies staff with login information for the University of Guelph’s WebAdvisor portal. Please note that access to WebAdvisor will be granted within a few business days, but may take up to 5 days during peak periods.
- Upload the necessary application documents (see below) to WebAdvisor. All documents, including references, GRE/GMAT scores, and transcripts must be received by the application deadline.
- Monitor your email and WebAdvisor for your admissions decision. You will receive email notification when your admissions decision has been posted to WebAdvisor.
- Completed online application form.
- Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
- Two Referee Assessment Forms from individuals familiar with your academic work. Reference forms are completed online by the referee directly; you do not need to upload a reference letter.
- Statement of Research. This is a 1-2 page document outlining your research interests and discussing how this program is a good fit. When writing the statement of research, applicants are encouraged to investigate faculty research interests and publications to find whether there is alignment. Admissions priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate strong synergies with faculty in their statement of research.
- GMAT or GRE score. You will not be able to upload this score to WebAdvisor. Email a copy of your test taker score report to the Graduate Program Assistant and arrange for an official copy to be sent to the University using the following institution codes:
- GMAT: BHN-71-75.
- GRE: 0892
- A current copy of your CV or resume.
- A copy of your English Proficiency test is required if English is not your first language. Please upload a copy of your results and use the following school code to send an official copy to the University: 0892. If you completed a degree in English, this requirement may be waived. Contact the Graduate Program Assistant for more information.
Note: when uploading documents to WebAdvisor, you will have 5 minutes to replace an uploaded document if you wish to (ie. if you’ve uploaded the wrong document). Once the document link is inactive, you must contact the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org) to replace a document.
Faculty research explores the following topics:
- Consumer preferences and decision making
- Consumer well-being
- Public policy
- Marketing management & strategy
- Innovation adoption
- Advanced research methods
- Brand strategy
- Social media marketing
- Real estate & housing
MCS*6000 [0.50] Consumption Behaviour Theory I
MCS*6050 [0.50] Research Methods in Marketing and Consumer Studies
MCS*6100 [0.50] Marketing Theory
MCS*6950 [0.00] Marketing & Consumer Studies Seminar
MCS*6060 [0.50] Multivariate Research Methods
MCS*6080 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
MCS*6950 [0.00] Marketing & Consumer Studies Seminar
note: MCS*6950 is taken during each semester of full-time graduate study until graduation
1 of the following restricted electives
MCS*6010 [0.50] Consumption Behaviour Theory II
MCS*6120 [0.50] Marketing Management
Electives are chosen by the graduate student with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator and his/her advisory committee. Any Social Science Graduate level course may be substituted for the Elective.
For more information on this program, contact us at:
Graduate Program Assistant