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Graduate Catalog 2005-2006
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Department of Marketing

department web page: www2.uta.edu/marketing/
department contact: www2.uta.edu/marketing/contact_us.htm
graduate web page: www2.uta.edu/msmr
graduate contact: www2.uta.edu/msmr

Chair

Carl McDaniel
234 Business
817.272.2876

College of Business Administration Overview
Admissions | Fellowships and Scholarships | Degree Requirements | Marketing Research Internship | Courses: MARK

Areas of Study and Degrees

Marketing Research

M.S.

Business Administration

M.B.A., Ph.D.

(See Program in Business Administration)

Master's Degree Plans

Non-Thesis

Ph.D. Advisor

James Munch
225 Business, 817.272.2279

MSMR Director

John Bassler
202 Business, 817.272.2340
Toll Free: 866-296-3256

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Dickinson, McDaniel, Munch

Associate Professor

Peterson

Assistant Professors

Jaramillo, Kleiser, Luo

Objective: M.S. Program

The objective of the Master of Science in Marketing Research is to prepare qualified students for careers as managers in marketing research, marketing planning, product/brand management, and related fields. Students are exposed to a range of coursework related to the theory and practice of marketing research. In addition, courses in information systems and management science focus on the latest theory and practice in those areas relevant to marketing research. Students are required to participate in an internship program.

Accreditation

The Master of Science degree in Marketing Research is accredited by the AACSB–The International Association for Management Education.

Admissions

Admission to the M.S. in Marketing Research (MSMR) program is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For MSMR program admission a score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and record of undergraduate (and post-graduate, if applicable) academic performance are required. Students for whom English is not their native language must achieve a satisfactory TOEFL score (specified below). International applicants who score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete U.T. Arlington's Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate coursework.

Applicants are encouraged to submit with their application a resume that highlights career objectives, professional and personal accomplishments, computer expertise, and leadership experience. Applicants with two to five years of experience are preferred, though postgraduate work experience is not a requirement for admission. A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for approving or denying an applicant's admission to the MSMR program.

Unconditional Admission

A decision to admit unconditionally is made based on the totality of information listed below, and not on any single factor alone.

  1. Undergraduate degree: the applicant holds at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, in any discipline, or, for applicants who do not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree, as judged by the UTA Graduate School;
  2. Grade-point average (GPA): a GPA of at least 3.1 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School, in the last 60 semester-hours of college or university study;
  3. Graduate admission test score: a score of at least 580 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), with both verbal and quantitative scores at the 50th percentile or better, or equivalent or better scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE);
  4. TOEFL score: for students who do not hold a degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language of at least 230 (computer-based) or 570 (paper);
  5. Recommendations: favorable letters of recommendation from three persons qualified to judge the applicant's potential for graduate study and work in marketing research who are not friends or relatives;
  6. Commitment to the profession: the applicant shows, by a combination of work experience, prior study, and a written statement of purpose, a suitability for and a commitment to pursue a career in marketing research.

Denial of Admission

Admission may be denied if the applicant is so far below expectations on any combination of the criteria listed above as to indicate that he or she would not be able to perform at an acceptable level in the MSMR program.

Probationary Admission

An applicant who fails to meet one or more of the criteria above, but who shows promise based on the other criteria, may be admitted for one semester under the condition that he or she perform well in the program and remove the deficiency within that semester.

Provisional Admission

An applicant may be admitted provisionally if he or she appears to meet the requirements for unconditional admission but the official documentation is lacking for one or more requirements. Such documentation must be provided within the first semester of study in the program.

Fellowships and Scholarships

1. Fellowships: Graduate fellowships may be offered to outstanding applicants, using funds provided through the College of Business Administration, based on the unconditional admission criteria listed above. Nominations by director.

2. MSMR scholarships: Funds provided by the member firms on the MSMR Advisory Board support the award of $1,000 competitive scholarships to students admitted to the MSMR program. The criteria for receipt of these scholarships are the following:

Eligibility for MSMR Scholarships

New Students
Continuing Students
Eligibility

Selection Criteria

New Students

Quantification Procedures

Continuing Students

Scholarship Amount

Application Deadline

Scholarship Administration

Priority of Awards

  1. Continuing students, who meet criteria, registered for the fall semester.
  2. New students, who meet criteria, entering the program in the fall semester.
  3. New students, who meet criteria, entering the program in the spring semester.

Degree Requirements

The program is designed primarily for students who have earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree (or equivalent). For this student, the program consists of a minimum of 37 semester hours. Students who do not have a BBA may have to take additional foundation coursework (up to 27 semester hours) to acquire sufficient general business knowledge for effective performance as a marketing research professional. Foundation courses may be waived if equivalent coursework has been completed with a grade of B or better.

The minimum advanced program of 37 semester hours contains 30 hours of marketing courses plus six hours of actual marketing research field work and the 1-hour Professional Development Seminar. The required curriculum is as follows:

  1. Foundation Courses (27 semester hours)
    • BUSA 5303 Quantitative Analysis for Business
    • INSY 5310 Introduction to Computers
    • ACCT 5301 Accounting Analysis I (Financial)
    • ACCT 5302 Accounting Analysis II (Managerial)
    • ECON 5311 Economic Analysis II (Micro & Macro)
    • MARK 5311 Marketing
    • MANA 5312 Management
    • FINA 5311 Business Financial Management
    • BUSA 5325 Advanced Statistical Methods
  2. Advanced Courses (37 semester hours)
    • MARK 5323 Buyer Behavior and Creative Problem Solving
    • MARK 5327 Research for Marketing Decisions
    • MARK 5328 Product Management
    • MARK 5336 Advanced Research Analysis
    • MARK 5337 Marketing Information Management
    • MARK 5338 Qualitative Research
    • MARK 5139 Professional Development Seminar
    • MARK 5340 Marketing Strategy
    • MARK 5399 Advanced Topics in Marketing Research
    • MARK 5396 Marketing Research Internship I
    • MARK 5397 Marketing Research Internship II
    • MARK 6305 Marketing Models I
    • BUSA 5375 Advanced Business Communication Theory and Practice

Marketing Research Internship

The Marketing Research Internship (MARK 5396 and MARK 5397) comprises 24 weeks of paid, full-time work experience in either a marketing research company or a corporate marketing research department. Sponsoring companies will be approved by the marketing research program advisor. During the internship, the student will have primary responsibility for at least one marketing research study. At the completion of the internship, the student will present a paper to the graduate faculty summarizing his or her internship experiences and the results of the research study. In special situations, and with the approval of the program advisor, a one-year, part-time internship may be substituted for the full-time internship.


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Marketing (MARK)

MARK 5139. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (1-0)
This course exposes MSMR students to the wide variety of career opportunities available within the marketing research industry. It provides students with information, awareness, tactics and practice in conducting a professional employment search and a professional interview, as well as handling offer negotiations. It should be taken in the final year of coursework. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis).
Graded F,P

MARK 5182. INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN MARKETING Extensive analysis of a marketing topic.
Graded F,P,R
Prerequisite: consent of faculty member and department chair.

MARK 5199. ADVANCED TOPICS IN MARKETING RESEARCH (1-0)
Presentation and analysis of cutting edge topics in marketing research.
Prerequisite: consent of Program Director.

MARK 5282. INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN MARKETING Extensive analysis of a marketing topic.
Graded F,P,R
Prerequisite: consent of faculty member and department chair.

MARK 5299. ADVANCED TOPICS IN MARKETING RESEARCH (2-0)
Presentation and analysis of cutting edge topics in marketing research.
Prerequisite: consent of Program Director.

MARK 5311. MARKETING (3-0)
Survey of activities involved in marketing. Emphasis is on developing a managerial point of view in planning and evaluating marketing decisions of the firm. Analyzes decisions with respect to products, price, channel, and promotional variables and considers questions relating to cost efficiency, demand, social responsibility and regulations.

MARK 5320. BUYER BEHAVIOR (3-0)
Examines the theoretical and empirical material on the individual and group behavior of people performing in the consumer role. Topics covered include perception, learning, attitude formation and change, personality, culture, social class, and reference groups. Behavioral science data provides a basis for the explanation of consumer behavior and the integration of these findings into current marketing practices.
Prerequisite: MARK 5311 or equivalent.

MARK 5323. BUYER BEHAVIOR AND CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING (3-0)
Half of the course will involve examining the theoretical and empirical material on the individual and group behavior of people performing in the consumer role. The other half of the course will involve discussing the relationship between the creative process and marketing decisions. Students develop a repertoire of techniques to expand their creativity and learn to enhance their flexibility in generating divergent, dramatic solutions to problems.
Prerequisite: MARK 5327 AND MKRS major.

MARK 5326. INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATION (3-0)
A managerial approach to coordinating all promotional activities, including direct marketing, advertising, sales promotion, personal selling, public relations, publicity and packaging to produce a unified market-focused message. Message development, placement and timing are examined within the context of the role each type of promotion plays in marketing strategy development. Additional topics examined include media definition and analysis, the communication process, legal and ethical considerations, and budgeting.
Prerequisite: MARK 5311 or equivalent.

MARK 5327. RESEARCH FOR MARKETING DECISIONS (3-0)
Overview of information needs of the marketing decision-maker. Emphasis on methods and techniques that may be employed for the collection and analysis of primary data. Major topics include design of research projects, generating primary data, questionnaire design, samplings for survey research, experimental design, controlling data collection, and data analysis.
Prerequisite: MARK 5311 and BUSA 5301 or equivalents.

MARK 5328. PRODUCT MANAGEMENT (3-0)
Management of the firm’s product or service offerings. Topics include new product development, new product screening, evaluation of existing products, product line and mix analysis, product abandonment decisions, the brand manager’s role, the new product planning department, and others. Emphasis on the development of meaningful criteria for decision-making in the product area and on the development of information systems to suggest, screen, and monitor products.
Prerequisite: MARK 5327 or equivalent.

MARK 5329. SALES AND SALES MANAGEMENT (3-0)
Examines the skills required for successful personal selling and sales management in today’s world, with emphasis on industrial markets. Discusses the links between business trends and the resulting need for new approaches to the sales management challenges of planning, implementing, and evaluating a sales program. Special topics include the strategic importance of the sales force, customer/supplier partnering, multi-function collaboration, technology’s role in altering traditional customer-access channels, the organization of the sales function for profitability vs. revenue, and the development of effective major account strategies.

MARK 5330. SERVICE MARKETING MANAGEMENT (3-0)
Addresses marketing theory and applications in health care, financial, and other service industries. Focus is on solving marketing problems unique to service organizations.
Prerequisite: MARK 5311.

MARK 5331. INTERNATIONAL MARKETING (3-0)
Management of marketing in international business. Includes marketing research, pricing, promotion, and distribution in the international environment. Examines marketing problems arising from various degrees of foreign involvement (exports, licensing, foreign subsidiaries).
Prerequisite: MARK 5311 or equivalent.

MARK 5332. BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS MARKETING (3-0)
Marketing strategies for businesses targeting other businesses. Included are frameworks for analysis of marketing opportunities. Business-to-business e-commerce is examined.
Prerequisite: MARK 5311 or equivalent.

MARK 5334. STRATEGIC INTERNET MARKETING (3-0)
Through theoretical investigation, brainstorming, and case analysis, students develop the skills and strategies that are necessary for effective marketing via electronic media. With particular emphasis on Internet-based media, topics include developing an online corporate identity, online market research, interactive and database Web site strategies, creating and maintaining Web site content, proactive marketing tactics, analysis of Web site statistics, measuring online marketing results, and development of a strategic Internet marketing plan.
Prerequisite: MARK 5311.

MARK 5335. RETAILING, FRANCHISING, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (3-0)
Course offers exposure to elements of retail management, franchising, and entrepreneurship, including planning, promotion, pricing, and merchandising.
Prerequisite: MARK 5311 or equivalent.

MARK 5336. ADVANCED RESEARCH ANALYSIS (3-0)
Focuses on problems of data analysis in marketing research. Considers application of multivariate statistics, including multiple regression, discriminant analysis and factor analysis to marketing research problems. Considerable time also devoted to multi-attribute preference models such as conjoint analyses.
Prerequisite: MARK 5327 or equivalent.

MARK 5337. MARKETING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (3-0)
Course focuses on various types of marketing data bases and computer-based research systems designed for the collection, storage, usage, and reporting of disaggregated data. Topics include single-source data, geodemographics, and micro-merchandising systems. Case studies and data analysis projects are utilized.
Prerequisite: MARK 5327 and consent of program advisor.

MARK 5338. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH (3-0)
Examines the nature of qualitative research and its growing value to the marketing research community. The role of focus group interviewing, types of focus groups and their conduct are extensively explored. Other topics include depth interviewing, projective techniques, observational research, the delphi method, environmental forecasting and futuring.
Prerequisite: MARK 5327 and consent of program advisor.

MARK 5340. MARKETING STRATEGY (3-0)
A case course designed to give the student an opportunity to utilize the managerial and analytical tools that he or she has acquired. Uses case studies which require a realistic diagnosis of company problems, development of alternative courses of action, and the formulation of specific recommendations.
Prerequisite: MARK 5311 and six hours of advanced marketing or consent of instructor.

MARK 5382. INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN MARKETING Extensive analysis of a marketing topic.
Graded F,P,R
Prerequisite: consent of faculty member and department chair.

MARK 5396. MARKETING RESEARCH INTERNSHIP I (3-0)
The internship involves part-time or full-time training and work experience in a company approved by the MSMR program advisor. A grade of R may be assigned at the completion of the course.

MARK 5397. MARKETING RESEARCH INTERNSHIP II (3-0)
This is a continuation of Internship I and involves part-time or full-time work experience in a company approved by the MSMR program advisor. The student will be assigned primary responsibility for at least one marketing research project during Internship I or II. At the completion of the course, the student will present a research paper to the MSMR faculty. Course is graded on a pass/fail basis.
Graded F,P

MARK 5399. ADVANCED TOPICS IN MARKETING RESEARCH (3-0)
Presentation and analysis of cutting edge topics in marketing research. Prerequisite: consent of Program Director.

MARK 6192. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MARKETING (3-0)
Doctoral level analysis of marketing topic.
Graded F,P,R
Prerequisite: consent of faculty member. May be repeated when topic changes.

MARK 6292. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MARKETING (3-0)
Doctoral level analysis of marketing topic.
Graded F,P,R
Prerequisite: consent of faculty member. May be repeated when topic changes.

MARK 6302. ADVANCED CONSUMER BEHAVIOR (3-0)
Advanced study of current research underlying individual and group behavior of consumers and industrial buyers. Theories from the behavioral sciences will be applied to consumer behavior from descriptive, predictive, and normative perspectives.

MARK 6305. MARKETING MODELS I (3-0)
Study of basic models of market and consumer behavior with particular attention to the use of classical statistical methods such as ordinary and generalized least squares, factor analysis, discriminant analysis and correspondence analysis, cluster analysis, and canonical correlation. Applications include perceptual mapping, multiattribute modeling, conjoint analysis, and product planning models.
Prerequisite: BUSA 5325 or consent of instructor.

MARK 6310. MARKETING STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT (3-0)
Examination of latest theories in corporate and marketing strategies. In-depth review and analysis of latest theories and research in product/service development, pricing, promotion, and distribution.

MARK 6327. ADVANCED MARKETING RESEARCH METHODS (3-0)
Course deals with the wide variety of marketing research methodologies other than experimental research. It focuses on data analysis only to the extent that it impacts on the design of the associated research method. Advanced topics include hybrid and adaptive conjoint analysis, discrete choice models, adaptive perceptual mapping, Lisrel modeling and Web-based research designs.
Prerequisite: MARK 5336 and MARK 6305.

MARK 6331. ADVANCED GLOBAL MARKETING THEORY (3-0)
Examines the antecedents and consequences of global marketing. Includes the politics of global marketing, emerging global strategies, the latest concepts of market entry and development, and global marketing performance and evaluation.

MARK 6390. TOPICS IN MARKETING (3-0)
Advanced doctoral level work in special topics in marketing. May be repeated when topics vary.

MARK 6392. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MARKETING (3-0)
Doctoral level analysis of marketing topic.
Graded F,P,R
Prerequisite: consent of faculty member. May be repeated when topic changes.

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