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Marketing and Sales

  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Sales provides career-focused training in corporate sales, sales management, marketing, product placement, and branding. You’ll learn both theory and dynamic applications directly from practicing professionals who are distinguished leaders in their fields. A culminating research project in sales and marketing gives you the opportunity to apply your academic experience to a project related to your personal and professional interests.

What Is Marketing and Sales?

Marketing involves promoting a product or service. It’s a broad term that encompasses business activities such as advertising, brand development, social media, public relations, and market research. The difference between marketing and sales is that marketing refers to everything you do to reach and persuade prospects, while sales refers to closing the deal (often through personal interactions and networking). Both marketing and sales must work together effectively to convert prospects into clients and grow a business.

Cambridge College Marketing and Sales Highlights

In businesses large and small, skilled marketing and sales professionals are in ever greater demand. The marketing degree at Cambridge College gives you the training to excel in this fast-growing field, in a flexible format designed for working adults.

  • Applied learning. As a sales and marketing major, you’ll get to demonstrate your mastery of the subject matter and take part in a research intensive capstone project related to your personal and professional interests.
  • Flexible classes. Cambridge College offers day, evening, weekend, and online course options designed to meet the needs of adult learners. Talk to a Cambridge College academic advisor to start planning a course of study that works for you.
  • Exceptional value. Earning your bachelor’s degree doesn’t have to break your budget. Our low tuition rates make Cambridge College one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the United States.
  • Experienced faculty. At Cambridge College, you’ll work closely with faculty who are experienced sales and marketing professionals, and accessible, dedicated teachers.
  • No SAT or ACT tests required. Get started on your sales and marketing degree quickly and efficiently. We offer an easy online application and do not require SAT or ACT tests for admission to our undergraduate programs.

Cambridge College welcomes over 300 students from more than 50 countries and was recently ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in America.


Marketing and Sales Program Learning Outcomes

As a marketing and sales major, you’ll develop skills in strategic marketing, sales planning, advertising, and public relations management.

You’ll learn to communicate effectively to professional audiences and work as part of a team. You’ll gain an understanding of business processes and management principles. And you’ll learn how to create work environments that foster diversity, corporate social responsibility, ethics, sustainability, and long-term growth.

You’ll also develop the skills to assess and employ information systems, databases, and internet technology as marketing management tools.

Jobs in Marketing and Sales

Prepare for fast-growing careers with above-average salaries. Completing your degree in marketing and sales will open the door to a variety of careers in corporate, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations. Employment opportunities include jobs in:

  • Corporate sales
  • General marketing
  • Advertising
  • Branding
  • Digital media
  • Business communications

Graduates will also have a strong academic background to support graduate studies in sales, marketing, business, and management.

Example Marketing and Sales Courses

The core of the sales and marketing curriculum covers topics ranging from marketing and sales strategies, marketing communication practices, evaluation of strategic data, customer relationship management, and effective product placement. You’ll also get to choose from a suite of management offerings, exploring subjects such as theories of leadership, diversity issues in the workplace, oral presentation skills, and financial management. Examples of marketing and sales classes include:

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Strategies for Selling
  • Internet Marketing
  • Management Studies Capstone Project

Download the Marketing and Sales program sheet.

Marketing and Sales Scholarships and Financial Aid

Get financial assistance to help pay for your degree. In addition to scholarship opportunities, you might also be eligible for federal and state grants, loans, and other types of financial aid.

The first step is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about applying for financial aid

Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re still exploring undergraduate degree options, you might be interested in learning more about these programs at Cambridge College:


General Education

WRT101-102 and MAT101-102 may be waived if equivalent courses have been accepted in transfer. Credits will be replaced with open electives. WRT201 required if both WRT101-102 are waived; not required for students completing WRT101-102 at Cambridge. WRT090 and MAT100 required if assessment indicates need.

Principles and Processes of Adult Learning
LRN 175 3 credit(s)
Students explore theories of adult learning. They clarify the fit between their academic program and their learning and career needs, and see how their prior learning fits in. They assess their academic skills of critical thinking, mathematics, writing, and computer literacy. Students become independent learners who can effectively manage the structures, processes and expectations of undergraduate education.
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
College Mathematics I
MAT 101 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT100 If assessment indicates need. This course introduces students to the value of mathematics for students’ career and educational goals. Students will acquire mathematical study skills, gain strategies for problem solving, and develop a sound foundation for future mathematics coursework. The course is structured towards engaging students in active, applied, and real-life learning in order to facilitate mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.
Introduction to Computer Applications
CMP 130 3 credit(s)
Assessment available. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the personal computer, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, the Internet, and an overview of Word, Excel and Power-Point uses. Students begin with the basics of each application and progress through intermediate level.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an annotated bibliography and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
College Mathematics II
MAT 102 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT101 If assessment indicates need. Challenge exam available. This course develops students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving around issues of both mathematical content and process. Students will acquire a conceptual and practical understanding of and familiarity with numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and basic data analysis and probability. The course focuses on supporting students’ understanding of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations. A key feature of the course is active student involvement to support communicating mathematics in everyday and academic contexts.
Information Literacy
CMP 230 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CMP130 (course or portfolio) and familiarity with Windows and/or Mac operating system, or permission of instructor. Information literacy is necessary for lifelong learning and career advancement. It is the ability to analyze problems, research and select relevant information, create an effective presentation from that information, and, when appropriate, publish it in print or electronic formats. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to apply principles of information literacy to their academic and professional lives. A problem-centered approach is used. Students use the Internet and e-mail news groups, file transfer and Netscape, and search engines. They learn to evaluate the credibility of information and use problem-solving paradigms.
General Education Distribution Requirements

Arts & Humanities - 6 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - 6 credits

Social Sciences - 6 credits

Open Electives

Choose electives and/or concentrations to support your academic interests and professional goals. (Course prerequisites must also be met.)

Marketing & Sales Major

Core Requirements

Introduction to Business
BSM 200 3 credit(s)
Students learn how American business operates. The course begins with a study of business in its broader perspective, looking at the context within which American business fits, and the investment markets which provide the capital needed to grow. The external factors influencing business development and the role business plays in the world economy are examined. The course then focuses on the internal organization and the operations of American business, highlighting major issues associated with managing functional areas of a business, such as marketing, production, technology, and supply chain management. In the later part of the course, financial management, both personal and business, and financial institutions are studied.
Operations Management
BSM 320 3 credit(s)
This course covers the essentials of the operating systems of manufacturing and service organizations that convert materials and other resources into finished goods and services. Topics covered include key performance metrics, process mapping and analysis, product and process design, new product introduction, supply chain management, plant location and capacity planning, total quality and effective resource management. The goal is to understand the concept of total product life cycle management, and the effect of strategy in the operations role, as well as tactical issues such as inventory control, quality assurance and operations scheduling. The course also discusses recent developments such as computer-integrated manufacturing, flexible-manufacturing systems, and just in time inventory. It considers the interrelationship of operations decisions with marketing, finance and the overall strategy of the organization.
BSM 205 3 credit(s)
In this course, students master the basic principles and practices of modern marketing. The course offers a broad overview of the nature and fundamentals of marketing activity. It provides an introduction to managing the marketing activities of an organization including marketing information systems and research, the marketing organizational system, and the marketing planning and control system. Topics include analysis of the global marketing environment of the firm, market research, customer and client analysis, target marketing and segmentation, product and service planning, pricing, communications, advertising, and sales promotion, distribution management, and the development of marketing and sales strategies and plans. The use of marketing concepts and tools by nonprofit organizations is discussed.
Strategies for Selling
BSM 326 3 credit(s)
Successful selling requires good communication skills and an understanding of the stages of a sales call. Often a technical person who knows a product or services needs to be more effective in selling that product or service. This course presents a systematic approach to selling. This course is ideal for those who want to learn how to communicate in a more effective manner and to learn how to best present themselves and their products or ideas. The course explores the interrelationships between the psychological and technical aspects of the sales process. It helps develop and sharpen one's interviewing skills.
Customer Relations Management
BSM 327 3 credit(s)

Prerequisites: BSM 325 and BSM 326. In this course, students will gain an understanding of Customer Relations Management (CRM) and how to implement CRM tools.  Students will examine a holistic approach, to using CRM, which can result in customer retention optimization, improved customer value management, and more effective customer service processes.  The course will draw on the best practices of CRM which include compiling data from marketing, sales and financial analytics. 

Marketing Communications
BSM 328 3 credit(s)

Prerequisite: BSM 325. This course will provide the skills for Marketers to craft an organization’s message, so its identity, purpose, and product/service is conveyed to potential customers and the general public.  In this course the use of advertising, public relations, and various media are employed to develop content and substance for the broadcast of these messages to the intended audience. Through an examination of current examples, combined with the hands-on development of a comprehensive communication plan, students develop skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace.

Digital Marketing (DMM)
BSM 421 3 credit(s)

Prerequisite: BSM 325. This course will emphasize the role of digital marketing in the overall marketing strategy of an organization, integrating on line and off line (TV, SMS Short Message Service- text messaging], Radio, display advertising) marketing channels. Students will also learn how to identify customer needs and utilize social media, search engine optimization, content marketing, and email, to successfully target desired audiences.   


Business Analytics
BSM 423 3 credit(s)

In this course the student will develop a working understanding of the principles of organizational data analysis. Students will learn how to apply scientifically based strategies to create decision-making frameworks based on how a clear understanding of data collection and analysis positively influences institutional outcomes. 

Social Media Marketing (SMM)
BSM 424 3 credit(s)

Prerequisite: BSM 325 or permission of instructor. This course focuses on social media platforms that allow business and nonprofit organizations to develop distinctive marketing approaches using Social Media.  Throughout, it emphasizes the role of social media marketing in the overall digital marketing strategy of an organization.  Students learn how to develop social media marketing content directed at targeted audiences, where the exchange of information between content providers and the targeted audience include major internet elements.  

Strategic Management
BSM 414 3 credit(s)

The principles and tools of the strategic management process are the focus of this integrative course. Students will apply the knowledge and skills developed in the functional areas of management to formulate competitive, sustainable organizational strategies. Extensive use of case studies and simulations will require the ability to think critically and communicate clearly. The ethics of strategy implementation will also be emphasized.

Introduction to Statistics
MAT 201 3 credit(s)
Statistics is the branch of mathematics that focuses on the colle ction of data, data analysis, probability, and statistical inference. In this course students will learn the principles of using data to identify patterns, ascertain distributions, conduct accurate group comparisons, and make data-based inferences and predictions. Concepts of spread, normal distribution , multi-modal distribution, standard deviation, statistical skewing, graphing, statistical significance, variance, validity, and probability will be covered.
Major Electives

Choose three of the courses below:

Economics for Managers
BSM 300 3 credit(s)
This course provides an overview of economics and establishes a foundation and vocabulary for future courses. It gives an applied, practical introduction to macroeconomics and microeconomics. At the macro-economic level the course helps the learner understand how the American economy functions, and what impact changes in the economy may have on the individual and the organization, as well as the impact of the global economy. At the microeconomic level the course examines how individuals and firms make economic decisions. This knowledge becomes the basis of understanding key concepts of supply, demand and pricing, as well as average and marginal costs and breakeven analysis.
Diversity in the Workplace
BSM 315 3 credit(s)
This course looks at the significance of diversity in management and the implications of diversity for how organizations are organized and how they function. The changing demographics of the workplace are examined and the significance of diversity for domestic and international business are discussed. Organizational approaches to diversity are examined and analyzed. The course attempts to engage differences within the class and help students develop leadership skills for managing diversity, including consensus building, conflict resolution and talking through differences.
Financial Accounting
BSM 204 3 credit(s)
This course introduces the principles that govern financial accounting systems and the income statement and balance sheet that are the principal end products. Students learn how accounting information is used to evaluate the performance and financial status of private, non-profit and public organizations. The course emphasizes the use of accounting information by managers within the organization and by shareholders, lenders, and other outside parties. Basic accounting terms and concepts, and the language of financial management are presented as well as the essentials of the accounting process. The course also builds an awareness of the ethical, information and regulatory environment of accounting.
Financial Management
BSM 442 3 credit(s)
This course provides tools for managing business funds and making decisions that will affect the financial position of an organization. Students gain an understanding of financial analysis and its use in planning and control functions. Capital budgeting, discounted cash flow, and present/future value techniques are presented as well as the capital formation process, the advantages and disadvantages of various capital structures, and the long and short term uses of capital. Students gain an understanding of the workings of financial markets and institutions, financial instruments, and the domestic and international financial environment.
Human Resource Management
BSM 335 3 credit(s)
This introductory course surveys what current and aspiring general managers need to know about personnel and human resource management in business and nonprofit organizations. It is for students who are exploring career opportunities in personnel management rather than experienced personnel specialists. The course covers staff recruitment and selection, performance evaluation, compensation, and management training. It considers the impact of human resource policies on productivity, employee morale and turnover. It also covers the promotion of equal employment opportunity, with discussion of recent court decisions, government regulations, and technical advances that affect the personnel management function.
Managing Information Systems and Databases
BSM 340 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CMP 130 Introduction to Computer Applications. This course presents the fundamentals of management information systems and provides an overview of the issues managers face in the selection, use, and management of information technologies/information systems (IT/IS). The use of IT/IS and e-commerce as key enablers of competitive global business and social change will be emphasized. Topics covered will include the basic concepts of computer hardware, software, telecommunications, networks, and database systems. The course also examines IT/IS ethical standards, security, enterprise systems, DSS, knowledge management systems, expert systems, and AI.
Business Ethics
BSM 441 3 credit(s)
Business Ethics provides an in-depth understanding of the ethical, social and political context of organizations today. It approaches social problems with an ethical framework for choosing among alternative courses of action. The course emphasizes the application of ethical reasoning to real business and management situations, problems and decision-making.
Consumer Behavior
BSM 439 3 credit(s)
Focuses on the basic concepts of consumer behavior in a variety of contexts. Understanding the decision process, attitude, and behavior of buyers is essential to developing marketing plans in today's competitive marketplace in which sophisticated customer relationship management approaches are dependent upon knowing the customer. Considers the major theoretical approaches to consumer behavior and examines how the concepts of affect and cognition, behavior, learning, and the environment can be used to design and maintain an effective marketing strategy. Offers students an opportunity to also gain a better understanding of their own buying behavior.
Organizational Communication
BSM 203 3 credit(s)

This course focuses on developing the communication skills necessary to be an effective member of an organization. Students will apply basic communication principles to the creation of effective business documents and oral presentations. The role of communication in team building and the use of technology to enhance messages will also be emphasized.

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  • Admission Test:

    No SAT or ACT tests required.

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  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students 

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Undergraduate Studies


International Students 

International students need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1.985 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of July 2020, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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