Get Certified in Social Media Marketing
- $627 per credit for 15 credits
- Complete in as little as 6 months
- Features HubSpot-aligned content
- Upskill for the job you want
- Relevant and timely course content
- Start your path toward an advanced career in social media marketing
Graduate Certificate in Social Media Program Overview
Communicating with target audiences via social media venues such as Twitter, Facebook, blogging and podcasts has become a key means of marketing communication for many organizations.
The Social Media Marketing Graduate Certificate online program at Southern New Hampshire University gives you valuable tools for evaluating strategic uses of social media, developing a social media strategy and marketing campaign, and creating effective social media messaging for specific target audiences. Understanding how to leverage social media to achieve business goals can significantly increase your career opportunities.
"The program has certainly enhanced my skills across the marketing and social media landscape," said Madeline Brydges '20. "I focus quite a lot on marketing ethics, campaign management and digital strategies throughout my day — and my confidence on those topics can be attributed to what I learned in this program."
Learn how to:
- Create a social media strategy
- Develop and execute successful social media marketing strategies
- Carry out market research
- Target messaging to audiences
Social media certainly isn't just about showing off vacation photos or what you ate for breakfast. It's come a long way – and continues to be a necessary tool for businesses.
For many organizations, it's the ultimate resource for making and keeping connections with consumers. With so much of social media happening in real time, your audience can create more loyalty with your brand – all because you responded within minutes, and with humanity.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 8% growth for advertising, promotions and marketing managers through 2028 – faster than the average of all occupations.1
These managers could see employment growth in a variety of industries, because so many organizations today make use of social media. Companies today need to manage their digital marketing campaigns and connect with their audiences through websites, social media or even on live chats.1
Because the digital platform has such a far reach, these campaigns can reach a target audience with more ease – putting products and services in front of the consumers who are more likely to purchase them.
The median annual pay for advertising, promotions and marketing managers in 2019 was $135,900.1
Start Your Journey Toward an Online Social Media Certificate
Why SNHU For Your Graduate Certificate in Social Media
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- “Most Innovative” regional university honors from U.S. News & World Report each year since 2015
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
- Recognition as a 2017 Digital Learning Innovator by the Online Learning Consortium
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.2 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Part of our mission to expand access to quality, higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials — with no GRE or GMAT required.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 graduate terms.
How to Apply
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can answer all your questions and walk you through the application process, which includes:
- Completing a graduate application
- Providing undergraduate transcripts
Courses & Curriculum
In Southern New Hampshire University's social media certificate program, you'll learn the ins and outs of this popular form of digital marketing.
And, that's one of the ideal things about our program. With SNHU, you'll learn what makes for good social media – from the beginning of the idea to the end.
Because social media isn't just about a fabulous picture. Or witty words that accompany it. Or using a trendy hashtag. A good social media account may have those things, but it also has so much more.
You'll cover strategy. A good post has a reason behind it. Who is the audience? What one message are you trying to convey?
You'll learn content creation. What's the ideal length for a post? What type of image gets an audience's attention? Is there a call to action?
And you'll dive deep into metrics. How much engagement did a post get? What are the takeaways from the project? Can we replicate some of our findings in the future?
With all of the course topics, this certificate gives you a complete skill set on how to successfully market on social media platforms.
Plus, you'll learn from instructors who do marketing and social media for a living – which can give you an inside look at what's happening in the field today.
"It’s been great having the instructors available – and they’re super responsive! – for any questions that may pop up throughout your classes," said Madeline Brydges '20. "I’ve always gotten useful feedback from my professors along the way, and they will go above and beyond to help you get the most out of your experience."
The program has 5 courses. Four of them are required topics: Marketing Strategies, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Marketing Strategy and Social Media Marketing Campaigns.
"I really enjoyed my Social Media Marketing Campaigns class because it offered hands-on experience and showed what it’s really like to be a digital marketer," Brydges said. "For anyone who hasn’t had that experience before, it gives them a good look at what really goes on behind the scenes of successful campaign management."
For your 5th course, it's up to you to decide what to take. Consider adding a class that complements your program, like:
- Brand Management
- Consumer Behavior and Marketing
- Digital Story Telling and Branding
- Ethical and Legal Issues in Marketing
- Market Research
- Online Marketing Channels
- Promotions Management
Our social media certificate gives you the opportunity to create and implement your own social media marketing campaign. This lets you take all of your learnings throughout your classes and put them into a plan you'll then execute – giving you either a project for your portfolio or a project you can try to replicate within your own organization.
As a bonus, if you choose to continue your education, you'll be able to apply all 15 credits from this certificate toward your master's in social media marketing.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|Graduate Certificate in Social Media Marketing|
|Courses May Include|
|Graduate Certificate Social Media Marketing|
|MKT 500||Marketing Strategies||This course is a study of the activity by which organizations discover consumer and other organizations' needs and wants, and then provide satisfaction through a mutually beneficial relationship. Students will explore the topics of selecting a target market, conducting marketing research, and designing product, price, promotional, and distribution strategies through the development of a marketing plan.|
|MKT 555||Social Media Marketing||Explore possibilities and limitations of contemporary social media platforms and tools. Construct and evaluate social media content, its impact, and practical use in marketing context. Analyze general strategic uses of social media for advertising, marketing, public relations, journalism, and civic and political participation. Gain hands-on experience with several forms of the most current social media technology.|
|MKT 655||Social Media Marketing Strategy||This course will develop the students' ability to effectively and successfully create, and implement a social media marketing campaign and evaluate as well as measure its success. Intensive skill building will be placed on creating, applying and integrating the appropriate social media tool that will enable marketers to build high-value relationships with their constituencies. The course will focus on key elements such as determining and matching social media tactics with the appropriate target market and developing strategies to engage those markets using relevant social media channels.|
|MKT 666||Social Media Marketing Campaigns||This course will develop the student's ability to effectively and successfully create and implement a social media marketing campaign and evaluate as well as measure its success. Intensive skill building will be placed on creating, applying and integrating the appropriate social media tools to meet the marketing objectives of the organization. The course will focus on key elements such as a) audience, b) campaign objectives, c) strategic plan, d) tactics, e) tools, and f) metrics to measure the campaign.|
|Total Credits: 15|
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Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
|Online Graduate Programs||Per Course||Per Credit Hour||Annual Cost for 15 credits|
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best social media course?
The best social media courses are the ones that can immediately help you grow your business. There are so many topics – from creating strategies, to developing content, to analyzing results – that it would be hard to fit them all into one class.
That's why, at Southern New Hampshire University, we've created a Social Media Marketing Graduate Certificate, a 5-course program that can help you upskill, and give you tools to help your marketing department engage better with your audience.
Four of the courses in our program are required:
- Marketing Strategies
- Social Media Marketing
- Social Media Marketing Strategies
- Social Media Marketing Campaigns
You'll start your program in a graduate-level marketing course, giving you a better understanding of what consumers want and how to build relationships with them.
Then, your 3 social media marketing courses will give you more of a deep dive into the topic. Create and analyze campaigns and content, target the right market, use the appropriate platforms, understand the impact of your posts, measure success – and then take your learnings into your next campaign.
As a bonus, the Social Media Marketing Strategies course prepares you to sit for the HubSpot Social Media Certification exam – another credential to add to your resume.
For your last course in your program, you have the opportunity to choose any master's-level marketing course, helping you specialize your skill set even further.
Better yet, SNHU's social media marketing classes online are affordable – another benefit you'll find when enrolling in a program here. At just $627 per graduate-level credit hour, our online tuition rates are some of the lowest in the country.
"The most important criteria when I was reviewing options were that it needed to be affordable, fully online, easy to sign up, and have a flexible schedule," said Madeline Brydges '20. "SNHU’s program met all of that criteria, and once I began the sign-up process, I never looked back!"
So while "best" is subjective, the courses you take at SNHU can provide value to move you through the next phases of your marketing career.
What can you do with a social media marketing certificate?
A social media marketing certificate can either enhance your marketing skill set or give you the skills to start taking the lead, depending on what point you're at in your career.
A certificate in social media marketing is an excellent credential to add to your resume. And Southern New Hampshire University – a nonprofit, accredited institution – offers a Social Media Marketing Graduate Certificate that may be the skills boost you need to further your career.
As more organizations invest in social media, more skills are needed behind the content – so that it better connects with and informs your audience. This includes areas like:
- Content articles
- How-to guides
You can also jump into the metrics. All social media campaigns need to be measured for their effectiveness. Campaigns that meet their goals help the organization – with brand awareness, sales and loyalty.
Plus, your social media marketing classes online can position you for other certifications.
"One big step for me was taking the Google Analytics (GA) exam with my last social media marketing class," said Madeline Brydges '20. "I have been using GA for work the last couple of years but I never pushed myself to actually get qualified. Having a new certification under my belt has given me something 'official' to add to my CV and will help me advance in my current field."
What you can do with your certificate in social media marketing is up to you.
How long does it take to learn social media marketing?
This depends on where you're starting from! If you're already familiar with some of the basics, picking up new skills won't take long at all. On the other hand, if you have no background doing social media in a business context, it could take you a bit longer.
Some may start with an undergraduate social marketing degree. Others may build off another foundation.
Madeline Brydges '20 earned her bachelor's in biochemistry, but when she realized after a few years that the field wasn't for her, she set her eye on marketing.
While she was able to get a job in marketing, her role has expanded over the years. "I love what I do for work, and since I'm now fully involved in digital marketing, I wanted a degree to back that up," she said.
At Southern New Hampshire University, our social media certificate program has only 5 courses.
Since our graduate terms are 10 weeks long, you can definitely finish the program in a year as a part-time student – meaning you take 1 class at a time.
However, if you want to finish sooner, you could double up on classes for 2 of those terms as a full-time student, meaning you'd finish in closer to half a year.
It's up to you to decide on your timeline at SNHU. Lots of our students enroll part time – making it easier to balance with a job, family and other responsibilities. But if you don't have as many obligations in your life right now, full time may be the way to go.
Brydges says the program was worth it.
"My degree and this program are tangible proof that I chose to invest in my future, go the extra mile to verify my skill set and prove my value as I move forward with my career," she said. "I learned many new things along the way, and I was able to expand my view on things I already had some background on."
Our team of admission counselors and academic advisors can work with you on making the right decision. No matter what you choose, we want you to be successful at SNHU. And beyond.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
Sources & Citations (1, 2)
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/advertising-promotions-and-marketing-managers.htm (viewed Aug. 17, 2020). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2According to more than 9,200 SNHU online students in survey responses from the fall of 2019.