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Top Advertising Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Top advertising graduate schools provide an overview of the history of marketing, as well as creative strategies and research. Learn more about rankings, program offerings and other distinctions for schools with the finest graduate advertising programs in the country.

School Overviews

The University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign and the University of Florida are the highest-ranked institutions with graduate programs in advertising. At both schools, students can pursue a master's degree with a variety of course offerings to concentrate on special areas of interest within the advertising field.

1. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, IL

School Highlight: The advertising program at the University of Illinois is the oldest in the country.

The University of Illinois Department of Advertising was ranked as 42nd in the country by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The University of Illinois is home to the oldest advertising program in the country and offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Advertising and a Master of Science in Strategic Brand Communication. These graduate level programs include coursework in qualitative research in advertisement, advertising theory, and foundations in advertising.

2. University of Florida - Gainesville, FL

School Highlight: Prospective graduates of the University of Florida's advertising program at the College of Journalism and Communications must orally defend their thesis during a presentation before a supervisory committee which is selected by the student.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Florida in the top 50 on its 2015 list of best colleges. The school offers a thesis-centered Master of Advertising (M.Adv.) which offers specialized focus in either account management, research, creative strategy, media planning or advertising sales management. Coursework in the program may include advertising theory, advertising planning, advertising research methods, and advertising management.

Top Graduate Advertising Schools in the U.S.

College/University Distinction Location
Boston University School of Communication features a student-run advertising agency Boston, MA
Michigan State University Advertising and public relations department has strong alumni connections that provide networking opportunities for students East Lansing, MI
Syracuse University University's Newhouse School offers a one-year master's degree program in advertising focused on project-based learning and management preparation Syracuse, NY
Texas Christian University Advertising students compete and perform well in national advertising competitions, such as one run by the American Advertising Federations (AAF) Fort Worth, TX
The University of Alabama Students can either pursue a one-year professional program in advertising and public relations or a two-year program focused more on the research aspects of the two fields Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Denver University offers a dual master's degree, combining a strategic communication master's program with a program in media, film and journalism which emphasizes video production Denver, CO
The University of Texas at Austin University offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Advertising, in addition to master's degree programs in the field both with and without a thesis requirement Austin, TX
Webster University School of Communications offers an online Master of Arts (M.A.) program in advertising and marketing communications Saint Louis, MO

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