The flexibility of UT Austin’s M.A. program allows you to create a graduate degree focused on your interests and goals with a diversity of study through the advertising electives and minors. Most students complete this program in 21 months or less.
Breaking News for the GRE Requirement in the MA and PhD programs for the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations: Please note that the GRE requirement has been waived based on COVID-19 related admission guidance from the Graduate School for Fall 2021 Admissions only. You are welcome to submit the scores if you have them. Our applicant evaluation process is holistic and will consider all components of your application materials. If you opt to submit scores, they must be sent from the testing agency to the University. The code for The University of Texas at Austin is 6882. International applicants must submit the required, official TOEFL or IELTS score. View more information on GRE and TOEFL scores.
The admissions deadline for M.A. applicants for Fall 2021 is December 1, 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 2020 M.A. admission decisions will be released before March 1, 2021.
Prerequisite Courses for M.A. Program
Many of our applicants have never taken a course in advertising and enter with degrees from other fields. That is not a problem. You can apply to the program even if you have absolutely no background in advertising. However, you must complete the following two prerequisites prior to your first semester in the program. Courses do not need to be completed prior to the application process.
- A basic marketing course
- A basic statistics course
Almost any statistics course can be used to satisfy this prerequisite; from sociology statistics to business statistics. Any basic marketing course can satisfy the marketing prerequisite. If you have taken a statistics or marketing course during your undergraduate program, we can waive that prerequisite for you during your advising session at the start of your first semester.
M.A. in Advertising
GPA: The Graduate School recommends a minimum of a 3.0 (in upper-division coursework). The entering class of fall 2020 had an average GPA of 3.70.
GRE: The advertising school expects at least 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections combined. The entering class of fall 2020 had an average GRE score of 306. GRE requirements are waived for the Fall 2021 now that online GRE exams are available world-wide.
TOEFL: Applicants whose first language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores and exemption requirements are found on the International Students webpage of the Graduate School.
Additional Program Requirements for Admission:
- Letters of Reference - contact information will be submitted online as part of your application for three references.
- Statement of Purpose - a short essay defining and discussing goals, intended research areas, and previous training/education/experience.
- Official Resume - once your application is uploaded and acknowledged by the Graduate and International Admissions, upload your resume.
Diversity of Study Options
Although many of our students will create their own area of emphasis using our advertising electives and minor courses, some will desire even more depth of study in one area or another. To meet their needs and to better bridge the gap between academia and industry, we offer three programs as current enhancement programs to our M.A. degree:
- Texas Insights and Analytics: designed to allow all students to observe, interpret, and integrate consumer intelligence.
- Texas Immersive: where students will learn to become Experience Designers
- Texas Creative: for future digital copywriters and art directors.
See the Graduate Brochure for more detailed information. For specific course descriptions, please refer to our advertising graduate courses.
Portfolio Programs are opportunities for students to obtain credentials in a cross-disciplinary academic area of inquiry while they are completing the requirements for a master's degree in their chosen discipline. A portfolio program usually consists of four thematically-related graduate courses and a research presentation (for a master's portfolio program, practical experience related to the portfolio program may replace the presentation). Portfolio Program courses fulfill the minor course requirement in the Advertising Degree Plan.
Below are a few of the Portfolio Programs offered:
African and African American Studies
Communication, Information and Cultural Policy
Mexican American Studies
View all current Portfolio Programs, program descriptions and application procedures.
In addition, the College of Communication offers several dual-degree options with the following programs:
Graduate School Select Admission Program
The purpose of the Select Admissions Program is to encourage current undergraduate advertising students with top academic records to remain at the university for a Texas Advertising graduate degree. Each year, one or two exceptionally outstanding advertising undergraduates are nominated for the program. For more information please contact the Graduate Coordinator.
The Graduate Advisor, Dr. Gary Wilcox, is the overall director of Graduate Studies within the Department of Advertising. Dr. Wilcox approves the students' course selections each semester as well as all formal documents during each student's program of study. Every student is required to consult the Graduate Advisor prior to registration each semester so that advising bars may be cleared. An online advising site is available to facilitate the process.
In order to conduct an internship for academic credits, students must have completed the following courses with a grade of B or better. In addition, students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 to take an internship for credit.
FOR ADV 395 - Graduate Internship:
- ADV 385 Media Management
- ADV 387 Creative Strategies
Please consult the Summer Internship Guideline document for more details. Your internship experience should follow these basic steps:
- Find, apply for and obtain an internship (the earlier the better, many positions are already filled by the beginning of the semester).
- Register for an internship course (making sure that you meet course prerequisites and minimum GPA requirements).
- Fill out the online application.
- Both you and your supervisor must complete and submit your portions of the online application before Dr. Cunningham will review it.
- You will be notified whether your internship is approved for credits.
Internship Course Requirements (Complete 3 and 4 only for Summer Semesters)
Attend a mandatory orientation for the course.
Attend 5 of the of guest speaker lectures. Speaker events will not take place every week, but they will be scheduled on Mondays (5:30 - 7:00 PM). Exact dates for the speaker events will be announced during the orientation and will be updated on Canvas as well.
Both you and your supervisor are required to complete midterm and final evaluations on your internship performance.
Write and submit a Final Report (guidelines will be posted to Canvas).