Marketing means creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers. With a marketing degree, you’ll help organizations discover unmet customer needs and wants, develop products and services to satisfy those needs, and use advertising, promotions, pricing, distribution, personal selling, and customer relationship management to build strong brands that attract and retain customers. A marketing education from the Marketing Department at the David Eccles School of Business gives you a competitive advantage in one of the largest areas of employment in business today.

Professional Selling & Business Development Emphasis

According to a Georgetown University study, 30% of marketing graduates and 20% of business graduates pursue a career in sales. Whether selling enterprise solutions for a major software company, fund raising for a non-profit, or launching your own business, everybody sells.

The emphasis in Professional Selling & Business Development provides graduates with the technical competencies and business acumen to compete in the rapidly growing market for sales professionals, an area the Utah Department of Workforce Services says is outpacing most other fields of employment. Students are prepared for success in professional (i.e., complex, collaborative, long-cycle) and technical sales roles reflecting the new realities in selling: Customers no longer need a salesperson to learn about a company’s offering, much less to place an order. As a result, sales has become more about helping customers define the problem they are trying to solve and assemble a complete solution.

Admissions Criteria


  • Admitted to the Eccles School (Upper Division)
  • B- or higher in MKTG 3010 or 3011
  • 3.2 or higher total GPA
Professional Selling & Business Development  Emphasis

  • Admitted to the Eccles School (Upper Division)
  • B- or higher in MKTG 3010 or 3011

Students with total GPAs between 3.00-3.19 will be individually considered and admitted on a case-by-case basis. Students with total GPAs below 3.0 will not be considered for the major

Admission to all Eccles School majors is subject to the Eccles School Repeat Policy. Submitting an application does not guarantee admission to the major.

Apply for Major

Explore Major

Sales Emphasis Curriculum
Contact us