Seattle Advertising Universities with Degree Program Overviews

While there are no schools within 50 miles of Seattle with degree programs in advertising, there are three universities less than 15 miles from the downtown that offer related studies in business administration, communication or marketing. Read an overview of the 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 universities 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 minutes from downtown Seattle, City University of Seattle has a bachelor's degree in marketing program and a Master of Business Administration program that allows students to select marketing as an area of emphasis.

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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 City University of Seattle
School Type 4-year; private, non-profit 4-year; private, non-profit 4-year; private, non-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 7,273* 4,217* 2,545*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $39,690* $37,086* $16,500*
% of Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2013-2014) 94%* 98%* 38%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 73%* 83%* N/A
Retention Rate 87% full-time; 40% part-time* 85% full-time; 50% part-time* 100% full-time, 75% part-time* (2014-2015)
Graduation Rate (students began 2008) 78%* 75%* N/A*

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 Studies

The bachelor's degree program in communication studies also requires 180 credits; program emphasis is on the methods for improving business communication. Communication courses include topics in media communication and analysis, digital media and public speaking. 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 was founded in 1891 and 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.

City University of Seattle

City University of Seattle's School of Management offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in marketing that include advertising courses. The programs are offered both online and on campus to provide flexible options for working students.

Bachelor of Science in Marketing

This 180-credit hour program requires general education, business and marketing courses. Marketing courses include global marketing, marketing research, consumer behavior and advertising. Students must also complete core courses in business, such as economics, legal issues, financial statements, project management and information systems.

Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Global Marketing

Students must complete 36 credit hours in core business courses, including business management, communication and strategy; financial and project management; global business law and economics. The marketing emphasis requires an additional 12 credits in such courses as brand creation and management, consumer behavior, public relations and channel management.

Other School Options

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. Trinity Lutheran College, located 29.2 miles from downtown Seattle, has a bachelor's program in communications with a concentration in public relations and marketing.

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