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MS Advertising

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1.5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

26502 USD
13070 USD

Application fee

International 0 USD
National 0 USD
Department of Advertising
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has consistently ranked among the top accountancy schools in the United States. The Public Accounting Report and Accounting Degree Review have rated the Illinois graduate accounting program as one of the top accountancy masters programs in the United States.

The MS in Accountancy (MSA) program offers a one year accounting degree. Our students include those with limited prior accounting education as well as students with an undergraduate degree in accounting. The MSA core curriculum applies to all of our students. However, for those students who have previously taken significantly equivalent courses to any of those in our core curriculum, we will work with our students to find a suitable replacement to recognize the sufficiency of their prior accounting education. Our MSA program prepares students for success in accounting careers and provides the academic prerequisites for candidates who wish to take the United States Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

The MSA program consists of at least 20 hours in graduate-level accounting courses, together with 12 hours of appropriate graduate electives, at least 4 hours of which must be in non-accountancy graduate courses.

The MSA program begins in June each year with Summer Session II.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.

Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.


 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

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Course Modules

Degree Requirements
Candidates for the M.S. degree must complete a minimum of 36 graduate hours of coursework, which includes a professional project or thesis. Full-time status requires a minimum of 12 credit hours. Students are required to take the required courses outlined below.

  • ADV 550 Foundations of Advertising
  • ADV 580 Advertising Theory
  • ADV 581 Quantitative Research Methods in Advertising
  • ADV 582 Qualitative Research in Advertising
  • ADV 587 Graduate Seminar I
  • ADV 588 Graduate Seminar II
  • ADV 598 Professional Project OR ADV 599 Thesis Research

All students must complete either a master's thesis (ADV599) or a professional project (ADV598). Thesis/project proposals are written in ADV 588 (Graduate Seminar II). In addition, students must have 12 graduate-level electives (at least 1 course from College/Department and 1 course from outside the College).

Students often take ADV 590 special topic courses as elective courses (e.g., Global Advertising, The Psychology of Advertising) or courses in Business Administration, Communications, Psychology, or Sociology.

MS Advertising: 18-month Course of Study

Fall Term: 12 credits

  • ADV 580: Advertising Theory (3 credits)
  • ADV 550: Foundations of Advertising (3 credits)
  • ADV 582: Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • ADV 587: Graduate Seminar I (3 credits)

Spring Term: 12 credits

  • ADV 581: Quantitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • ADV 588: Graduate Seminar II (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Summer Term: 12 credits

  • Project (6 credits) 
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)



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How to Apply

The Department of Advertising typically admits about 20-25 M.S. students each year. These students come from a variety of undergraduate degree programs and from places all over the world. Students are not required to have an undergraduate degree in advertising, though some background courses may be required before entering the program or taken concurrently during the first semester, such as introductory courses in advertising and statistics.
Students with an undergraduate degree in advertising can usually earn the M.S. degree in 12-18 months if they take a full course of study.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Applications are only accepted for Fall admission, and completed online applications are due by February 1 (please note that this is the actual due date, not the date listed on the Programs of Study). Admission to the M.S. Advertising program requires completion of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of recognized standing, along with the following requirements:

GRE or GMAT – Required for all students
TOEFL and GRE/GMAT scores should be sent from the testing center to the University of Illinois. This is done electronically, using our institution code number 1836 and program office code 00. Please note that only international students need to do the TOEFL. We require minimum TOEFL scores of:IBT – 104
PBT - 607
Official transcripts from all universities that you have attended
Three letters of recommendation
A Statement of Purpose is required for all students.

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