Marketing science is a field that approaches marketing – the understanding of customer needs, and the development of approaches by which they might be fulfilled – predominantly through the methods of science, rather than through tools and techniques common with research in the arts or in humanities.
The field of marketing science, in the pursuit of "truths" in marketing, is related to, but more general than marketing research, which is oriented towards a specific product, service or campaign.
Before marketing science was formally labeled, its activity appeared as management science within the marketing framework. The interaction between academics and practitioners in marketing science dates back to 1961, with the founding of the Marketing Science Institute. Interest in marketing science as a field grew in the late 1980s and early 1990s as electronic point-of-sale data grew and barcode readers led to a "marketing information revolution." 
Before conferences were organized with a "marketing science" label, four meetings were convened as "Market Measurement and Analysis" conferences from 1979 to 1982, sponsored by The Institute of Management Sciences and the Operations Research Society of America. The first officially labeled Marketing Science Conference was hosted by the School of Management at UCLA in 1983.
- David B. Montgomery 2001. "Management Science in Marketing: Prehistory, Origin, and Early Years of the INFORMS Marketing College." Marketing Science 20 (4): 337–348. doi:10.1287/mksc.20.4.337.9762.
- Robert C. Blattberg, Rashi Glazer, and John D.C. Little, eds. 1994. The Marketing Information Revolution. Boston Mass.: Harvard Business School Press.
- Dick R. Wittink 2001. "Market Measurement and Analysis: The First ‘Marketing Science’ Conference." Marketing Science 20 (4): 349–356. doi:10.1287/mksc.20.4.349.9758.