Master of Science in Advertising

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Earn Your MS in Advertising at the University That Started It All
Advertising education was founded here at the University of Illinois in 1946, when Charles H. Sandage, the father of advertising education, arrived on campus. His vision of educating the future of the industry was grounded in theoretical and foundational courses emphasizing the "why of advertising"—not just the "how."

Today, we uphold “the Sandage Way." Our courses provide the theoretical, research, and strategic decision-making skills essential for any career in advertising or advanced degree program. Unlike other programs, ours allows for flexibility of specialized interest through electives within and outside the department.

We offer small classes, where you will engage in discussions with your colleagues and professors and make connections that will last a lifetime.

Student Opportunities
There are several ways to get involved in research and professional activities on campus and within the College of Media. 

Consistently ranked in the top four advertising programs in the country, the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois puts students at the front of the line for the toughest, most rewarding jobs in the industry and in the top Ph.D. programs. Learn what careers our graduates enter after receiving their degree.

Application Deadline
The application deadline is February 15 for Fall 2023.

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