Advertising Ph.D. Program


Graduate Handbook 2019

Graduate Brochure

Combine field-specific expertise with methodological and theoretical rigor to become a leader in academia and industry.


The admissions deadline for PhD applicants for Fall 2020 is January 15, 2020.

We admit new students for the fall semester only. Please refer to the Graduate Brochure for detailed information on admission procedures. The Apply Texas electronic application is the standard method for applying for admission. 

Fall 2019 Ph.D. admission decisions will be available before March 1, 2020.

Test Scores

Ph.D. in Advertising

GPA: The average GPA for the entering class of fall 2018 was a 3.84.

GRE: Applicants to the doctoral program must have taken the GRE within the past five years. A minimum score of 300 is expected on the GRE (verbal and quantitative combined). The entering class of fall 2018 had an average GRE score of 312 on the new exam and 1340 on the old exam. 

TOEFL: Applicants whose first language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL exam,

The Doctoral program in Advertising at The University of Texas is interdisciplinary in nature and is devoted to providing a rigorous educational experience that challenges graduates to attain their highest potential of intellectual achievement. The Ph.D. program is designed to meet the needs of exceptional graduate students who wish to prepare for teaching and research positions in universities or for research careers in industry or business.  The University of Texas at Austin is the leading producer of research doctorates in the U.S., according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Although one of the largest in the country, it remains highly selective. Completion of the doctoral program assumes a willingness and capacity on the part of students to further development of the discipline. Students also should be receptive to a well-rounded education in Advertising, as it is grounded in communication, human behavior, marketing and culture. The Doctoral program is deliberately designed to be broad and flexible, and students are encouraged to draw upon the full range and interests of the faculty, both within the department and across other departments in the University. More is expected of graduate students than undergraduates and doctoral studies presume a level of involvement that greatly exceeds that of a Master’s program.

Program Length

The time needed to complete a Ph.D. is varied. Some or most of the coursework taken during the Master's program may be counted toward the Ph.D., depending upon how applicable a course is to the student's area of study. On average, most students take about 4 years to complete their Ph.D. program.

Assistantships, Fellowships and Financial Aid

The department offers support to our incoming students with teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships and University fellowships as well as funds for conference presentations. See a list of our current Ph.D. students.