College of Media at Illinois

University of IllinoisCollege of Media

Master of Science in Advertising

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the required GRE score to be admitted to the M.S. Advertising program?
We do not have standard minimum requirements. We review each applicant’s entire application.

I am an international student. What do I need to do to apply?
You'll find information on requirements specifically for international students, admissions information and resources here on the graduate college web site.

How much does the program cost?
You'll find tuition information for 2012-2013 here.

What types of financial aid and funding are available to me?
We typically offer only a few teaching or research assistantships to graduate students. Occasionally, students may qualify for a fellowship. Students are selected for these opportunities based on their application materials and/or their performance on campus. Sometimes graduate hourly positions assisting with grading or research or additional assistantships will become available once students are on campus. For example, a professor may be granted a research fund that will require graduate student help.

More information on financial resources.

More information on assistantships and fellowships.

When will I know about the final application decision?
Applications are typically reviewed in February/March and decisions are made in mid-late March.

When will I know about the final assistantships?
Decisions regarding assistantships are dependent on budgets. Some decisions are made in March and others will be made in July with the start of the fiscal year.

How many classes will I have each semester?
Graduate students typically enroll in 4 or 5 courses a semester. This number depends on your course plan.

How many people will be in my classes?
Class sizes are small compared with some other graduate programs. Enrollment may range from approximately 12 to 25.

Are there any opportunities to do research studies with professors?
Our faculty are productive researchers who often work with undergraduates and graduates who are interested in research on collaborative projects.

I've read about the project requirement. Can you give me some examples?
Current student profiles and abstracts of their project (or thesis) can be found here.

Are there any opportunities to get involved with professional organizations on campus?
There are several ways to get involved in research and professional activities on campus and within our College. Learn more about student organizations.

Are there study abroad opportunities available?
Our department also offers several short-term global course opportunities. Graduate students may be able to earn ADV590 (elective) credit for their participation. Read more about Global Opportunities.

Where should I look for living arrangements?
Depending on individual preferences, some students choose to live on campus for convenience, and others will choose to live off campus. Here are some links to on-campus and off-campus housing:

What is campus life like?
From exploring Campustown with your friends, going to Illini football and basketball games, and attending concerts at the Assembly Hall, Champaign-Urbana offers its students much to do for entertainment and recreation. Many students also take advantage of our two workout facilities, ARC and CRCE, where you can swim, take group fitness classes, workout on your own, play intramural sports and much more. The university also has four cultural houses that include the African American Cultural Center, the Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, and the Native American House. Each of these centers offers an educational experience that is sure to give its visitors an appreciation for these different backgrounds. Visit these websites for more information about campus life and living in Champaign-Urbana.