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Seattle Advertising Universities with Degree Program Overviews

Jan 06, 2019

While there are no schools within 50 miles of Seattle with degree programs in advertising, there are eight schools less than five miles from the downtown area that offer related studies in business administration, communication or marketing. Read an overview of three schools' programs, their requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Seattle Schools with Advertising Programs

Students may prepare for a career in advertising through marketing and communication programs, such as those offered by the three schools below. To help you choose the program best suited to your academic and career needs, the following resource includes descriptions of the individual degree options, a table of key school statistics and a summary of other educational options in the Seattle area.

  • Seattle University is located almost two miles from the downtown Seattle area and has a degree program in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. The school also offers a communications degree program that includes courses in media and persuasive communication.
  • Seattle Pacific University is almost two miles from downtown Seattle and offers a bachelor's degree program in business administration with a concentration in marketing. The program includes coursework in advertising.
  • Located about four miles from downtown Seattle, North Seattle College has a marketing certificate program available.

Comparison of Schools

Each of the three schools featured in this article is a private, non-profit institution that admits all or more than half of its applicants. Notable differences include those related to undergraduate tuition and financial aid.

Seattle University Seattle Pacific University North Seattle College
School Type 4-year; private, non-profit 4-year; private, non-profit 4-year; primarily associate's, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,278* 3,783* 6,259*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $42,885* $40,893* $4,302*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2016-2017) 96%* 98%* 49%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 74%* 91%* N/A
Retention Rate 84% full-time; 50% part-time* 79% full-time* N/A*
Graduation Rate (students began 2011) 75%* 69%* 26%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Seattle University

At this university, students who are planning a career in advertising can find relevant programs through the Albers School of Business and Economics and the College of Arts and Sciences. Coursework includes topics in advertising and persuasive communications.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing

This program requires 180 credit hours to complete. Foundational courses in business include topics in business finance and law accounting, statistics and economics. Students also take courses in buyer behavior and marketing research. In the marketing communication course, they learn about the methods businesses use to communicate with consumers, such as with promotions, advertising and publicity.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media

The bachelor's degree program in communication and media program emphasis is on the methods for improving business communication. Communication courses include topics in media systems, interpersonal communication and speech communication. Students also complete the school's core curriculum, which includes courses in mathematics, fine arts, social science, philosophy and literature.

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a broad range of disciplines. The School of Business and Economics offers bachelor's degree programs in business administration with the opportunity to specialize in marketing.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing

This program requires completion of a business core, which includes courses in accounting, business law and statistics, economics, finance and organizational behavior. The marketing concentration requires courses in marketing management and research. Students may also select a course in advertising that addresses the methods and techniques used in the field and how they're applied to marketing.

North Seattle College

This four-year school has a total student population of just over 6,000 undergraduates. The college offers students the opportunity to enroll in a marketing certificate program.

Marketing Certificate

This marketing certificate requires the minimum completion of 30 credits. Students will study topics related to marketing such as sales promotion, digital marketing, project management and social media marketing. A three-credit internship and a two-credit portfolio will also be required.

Other School Option

For individuals seeking additional training in the communication field, Seattle Central Community College has a graphic design program resulting in an associate's degree. This school is 1.2 miles from downtown Seattle.

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