Master of Arts in Advertising or Public Relations

The Master of Arts in Advertising and the Master of Arts in Public Relations programs admit only a limited number of highly-qualified applicants to each M.A. class. In order to facilitate course sequencing and planning, applicants are encouraged to begin studies during Fall or Spring semesters. Summer admission is only recommended if collateral courses or other preparatory activities are required.

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Admission Requirements

Prospective students must submit:

  • A Graduate School application;
  • Official and original transcripts and degree certification documents from all colleges attended (applicants must have completed the minimum of a 4 year bachelors program) (NOTE: For applicants submitting materials from China, please see detailed information in item 3 below) ;
  • Official GRE test scores on the General Test (we like to see scores at least in the 50th percentile);
  • TOEFL or IELT test scores (TOEFL is preferred) for international students. The department requires a minimum TOEFL of 100 IBT with no subscores below 22; or a 237 CBT with no subscores below 22; or a 580 PBT with no subscores below 55. IELT scores must have minimum of 7.0 with no subscores below 6.5.  Provisional admission may be considered with a score of 6.5 with no subscores below 6.0.  Reported scores must be no older than 2 years.
  • Three letters of recommendation (no special forms required);
  • A personal statement and an academic statement of goals for graduate study and professional career. (The academic statement should clearly identify to which emphasis the student wishes to apply.)
  • Resume
  • Statement of Financial Proof *International students only*

Admission is determined by an evaluation of the complete application materials. Students with grade-point averages below 3.25 in the last two years of their undergraduate work must present evidence of special merit through professional experience or extracurricular activities.

An applicant's file cannot be evaluated until all materials have arrived (this includes financial proof forms for International applicants). The deadline for receipt of application and all materials is February 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

How to Apply

To apply to our program please follow the following steps:

1. Complete the Graduate School Application (online interactive application). The fee is $50 and can be paid with credit card, check (US Funds), or money order.

2. Upload the following materials to the Applicant Portal:

Three letters of recommendation (Note: An email will be sent out to your recommenders automatically once you list them in your applicant profile, providing them the information on where to go to submit their letters electronically. So please be sure to list accurate information.)

For International Students: Your file can not be considered complete without financial proof documents and avadavat of support. The Department is unable to make a recommendation on admission if financial proof forms are not provided.

3. Send Transcripts/Degree Certificates to:

Joni Tucker, Academic Programs Coordinator
404 Wilson Road, Room 209
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Please include one copy each (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates and degrees directly to the AD+PR department within the College of Communication Arts & Science.  For international students, MSU requires these documents in the original language (e.g. Chinese) as well as an official English translation.

Effective Spring 2015, Michigan State University will require all incoming admitted students wishing to accept and attend MSU, and who have pursued or are pursuing degrees  from universities in mainland China to submit a verification report (English version) through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) for their final Bachelor's Degree transcripts (大学成绩单) and Bachelor's Degree (本科学位证书).  All verification reports need to be sent to the MSU Office of Admissions directly by CDGDC. For those who already have a Master's Degree, we only need the undergraduate level verification report for your Bachelor's Degree from CDGDC.  Only verification reports from the CDGDC will be accepted.  MSU does not accept documents from WES or other similar organizations.

Please refer to the CDGDC website for more information:

4. Report the following directly to the Office of Admissions

  • Official GRE Scores (Note: Please use the university code of 1465. There is no need to use a department code.)
  • Official TOEFL or IELT Scores *International students only* (Note: Please use the University code of 1465. There is no need to use a department code.)

The department requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100, with no subscores below 22.

Reported scores must be no older than 2 years.

The department does not accept the IELTS in place of the TOEFL.

International students should be aware that in addition to your TOEFL score meeting our minimum standards, we require that all admitted International students take the English Language test provided by the University upon arrival to MSU. International students are required to take this test prior to enrolling for courses and placement into courses will be done so according to the test results. If you for some reason you do not pass the test, you will be required to take a semester of English Language courses at your expense, and may not be able to enroll for any additional academic courses. Once you have successfully completed the English Language courses you will be removed from provisional to regular status. For more information about the ELC test you may visit their website at For up-to-date information on tuition and fees please go to

Please note that the department will only accept in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution hard copies of official transcripts. All other materials should be reported electronically through the applicant portal or reported via ETS to the University. Supporting materials sent as a hard copy that should be submitted electronically in the applicant portal will not be accepted by the department.

Degree Requirements

(via MSU Office of the Registrar)

Degree requirements: Master of Arts in Advertising

Degree requirements: Master of Arts in Public Relations

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