Best Advertising Schools

Find out which top-ranked schools offer advertising programs and the degree levels available in this field. Learn about special opportunities, like internships or concentrations, that could give you an edge in the job market. Schools offering Advertising degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Some Characteristics of the Best Advertising Schools?

Look into programs that offer hands-on opportunities through campus-based media outlets and local internships. A study abroad program could enhance your multicultural communications skills. Some top schools are associated with prestigious award programs, competitions or public service outreach initiatives. Consider schools that have state-of-the-art computer and media laboratories.

What Are Three of the Best Advertising Schools?

Boston University (BU) in Boston, MA

BU was tied for 73rd in the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2015 ('www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2015.html.). The school tied for 41st in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 evaluation of national universities (www.usnews.com).

Advertising degree programs are offered through BU's Mass Communications, Advertising and Public Relations Department. The communications major offers an advertising track. Semester-long London internships are available to undergraduates. Los Angeles internships are available to both communications majors and graduate students.

You could join the AdLab, a full-service agency run by undergraduate and graduate students. You might develop a TV spot for an organization like the League of Women Voters or a print advertisement for an automobile rental agency. Research opportunities may be available through BU's Communication Research Center. These degrees are available:

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication
  • Master of Science in Advertising

Michigan State University (MSU) in Lansing

MSU was ranked 99th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2015. The university tied for 75th among U.S. News & World Report's 2015 national universities.

You can major in advertising and complete an internship for credit. Study abroad programs are available in Russia, Poland, Italy and Japan. The Visiting Advertising Professional program allows students to learn from practitioners in the field. If an interdisciplinary approach to several media forms appeals to you, you could take courses through MSU's Integrated Media Arts program while meeting advertising degree requirements.

You'll choose either a research or management track in your master's program. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidates take classes through MSU's School of Journalism as well as the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing. The DMAT and Online Interaction Labs support study of digital technologies and multimedia production. You could earn the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Advertising
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Advertising
  • Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies

University of Georgia in Athens (UGA)

UGA tied for 61st in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 ranking of national universities. The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication hosts the 70-year old George Foster Peabody Awards that recognize outstanding public service through media.

As an advertising major, you can use the J. Thomas Russell Media Management Laboratory to complete copy writing assignments. Students have access to image editing software, scanners and color printers through the Graphics Lab. You could attend UGA's Cannes Lions Advertising Festival Study Abroad program in France during the annual Cannes Lions Advertising Festival.

Students in the undergraduate journalism program can select a specialization in advertising. Grady also offers enrolled graduate students an optional certificate in media industry research. As a graduate degree candidate, you may concentrate on advertising or any of 12 other focus areas, including persuasive communication or emerging digital media. Grady's New Media Institute develops mobile media system prototypes and examines how people are using new technologies, like social media advertising. Available degrees include the following:

  • B.A. in Journalism
  • Graduate Certificate in Media Industry Research
  • M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Ph.D. in Mass Communication

Other Advertising Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
Appalachian State University4-year, PublicBoone, NC
Iowa State University4-year, PublicAmes, IA
Kent State University4-year, PublicKent, OH
Pace University4-year, PrivateNew York, NY
Pennsylvania State University4-year, PublicUniversity Park, PA
Pepperdine University4-year, PrivateMalibu, CA
San Jose State University4-year, PublicSan Jose, CA
Southern Methodist University4-year, PrivateDallas, TX
The University of Alabama4-year, PublicTuscaloosa, AL
University of Florida4-year, PublicGainesville, FL

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