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Advertising, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #98 (QS) , MA,
The Master of Science in Advertising at Boston University is a three-semester, 52-credit program designed to prepare students to work in advertising in agencies, media companies, and other marketing communications organizations. Some will be prepared for doctoral-level studies.


All students must take courses that provide a broad understanding of the advertising industry and of the role of communication in contemporary society. Additionally, they will focus on developing advertising campaigns and research skills. Students may pursue a thesis track that will prepare them for careers in marketing research or education.

All students are required to pass a comprehensive exam, complete a professional project, or complete a thesis during their final semester of course study to qualify for graduation. Students who study in London will complete a professional project. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advertising Society
  • Writing for Media Professionals or
  • Writing for International Students
  • Principles and Practices of Advertising

                    Detailed Programme Facts

                    • Programme intensity Full-time
                      • Full-time duration 24 months
                    • Credits
                      52 alternative credits
                    • Languages
                      • English
                    • Delivery mode
                      On Campus

                    English Language Requirements

                    You only need to take one of these language tests:

                    • Minimum required score:


                      The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                    • Minimum required score:


                      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                    Academic Requirements

                    • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

                      The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

                    General Requirements

                    • Online Application
                    • Transcripts from all universities attended
                    • Two letters of recommendation
                    • Official standardized test score reports, if required*
                    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
                    • Statement of Qualifications and Objectives
                    • Equity & Inclusion Statement
                    • Analytical Essay (EdD and PhD applicants only)
                    • Non-refundable application fee

                    Tuition Fee

                    • International

                      52816 USD/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 52816 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                    • National

                      52816 USD/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 52816 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                    Living costs for Boston

                    • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
                      Living Costs

                    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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