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How to Apply: Please read carefully before beginning your application

Admission to the graduate program in Advertising is very selective. Applicants will be expected to have an excellent undergraduate record in advertising or a related field. Previous work experience is desirable. Applicants from other disciplines will be considered provided they can show a keen interest in pursuing a career in advertising. Application to the Temerlin Advertising Institute is required for consideration.

International applicants will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency through scores on the TOEFL or other equivalent tests. More details are listed below for International applicants

Outstanding students pursuing the Fast-Track (Full-Time) program of study in the Fall term of entry are considered both for scholarships and an internship within the Temerlin Advertising Institute. These awards are based on academic merit.

Checklist Summary of Required Application Materials* (additional information below):

*Current SMU Undergraduate Students applying to the 4+1 Accelerated M.A. in Advertising have abbreviated application materials outlined here.

Submission Deadline and Application Fee

Applications may be submitted for consideration into the Fast-Track (Full-Time), Part-Time, or the Masters Certificate programs for entry beginning in the Fall or Spring terms. Consideration for awards will only be available for applicants applying to the Fast-Track (Full-Time) program for entry into in the fall term. Spring term of entry, Part-Time, and Masters Certificate applicants are not eligible for awards or internship consideration. To assure full admissions consideration, applications should be completed online and ALL supporting materials pertaining to the application for admission should be delivered to the Meadows Graduate Office BEFORE the following deadlines:

Fall Entry Application Dates:
Applications will be available for submission beginning in September. Evaluations will begin in February and considerations will made on a rolling basis for those applications that are completed prior to June 1*.

Spring Entry Application Dates:
Applications will be available for submission beginning in January. Evaluations will begin following the November 1 deadline*.

*Applications submitted after June 1 for Fall or November 1 for Spring will only be considered on a case by case basis.

Materials received from applicants who do not enroll will be retained by the Meadows Graduate Office for one year. All documents become the property of Southern Methodist University and cannot be returned. A $75.00 non-refundable application fee is required.

Professional Statement & Résumé

There will be space in the Online Application to write or paste your Professional Statement and a feature to upload a copy of your Résumé.


Request in writing one official transcript from the Registrar of each college or university previously attended, including summer terms. These may be sent directly to the Meadows Graduate Office. If the transcripts are sent to you, do not open the sealed envelopes and mail them to the Meadows Graduate Office. A supplementary transcript covering work in progress at the time of the application must be furnished upon completion of that work.

International transcripts must be accompanied by professional evaluation of the degree equivalency and GPA conversion. Additionally, those that are not in English must be accompanied by official translations. Course descriptions or syllabi may be requested by the faculty. It is the student’s responsibility to procure this evaluation and to assume financial responsibility for it. An exception to this requirement is an exchange agreement between SMU and a foreign institution which is modeled after the U.S. education system.

Because of the importance of this information, SMU only accepts evaluations from the following agencies of proven reliability:

One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202-239-9161
Fax: 202-872-8857

World Education Services, Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Telephone: 212-966-6311
TOLL FREE: 1-800-937-3895

International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 2585
Denton, TX 76202-2585
Telephone: 940-383-7498

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Telephone: 305-273-1616
Fax: 305-273-1338

The above services’ evaluations should include an explanation that the institution is recognized by the ministry of education in the home country and is generally considered to offer at least the equivalent of U.S. higher education credit. In addition, it should include an explanation of the credits, the grading system and course levels, as well as a course-by-course evaluation.

The expertise and reliability of a professional evaluation report is recognized worldwide and is likely to be accepted by other academic institutions, employers and state licensing boards. However, the report is not binding to SMU and it will be considered a recommendation for SMU’s independent decision for admission. Information and applications from the agencies are available online.


Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation should be requested from professors who know the personal and academic qualifications of the applicant. When completing an online application applicants will have the opportunity to arrange for letters to be delivered electronically to the recommenders listed. Applicants will need a valid email address for each recommender and upon submission, notification will be emailed to them directly with instructions on submitting a web-recommendation form on behalf of the applicant.

GRE or GMAT (Optional)

Applicants to the Temerlin Advertising Institute have the option (but are not required) to take and submit scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Submitted scores are used for statistical purposes for the program and will not be factored into an applicants candidacy.

Applicants that have taken, or plan to take either, may request their scores be sent to us:

  • GRE: from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey directly to “Southern Methodist University”: School Code 6660, Department Code 4501 Advertising.
  • GMAT: from the Graduate Management Admissions Council to SMU in the Temerlin Advertising Institute.

Again, applicants are not required to submit these scores for consideration.

Additional Documents Required for International Applicants:


A TOEFL score of a least 100 (minimum of 22 in each section) on the iBT or a minimum of 7.5 (minimum of 7.0 in each section) on the IETLS is required of all international applicants whose first language is not English. Before an applicant can be considered for admission into a graduate program, the applicant must request the iBT TOEFL score to be sent from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey directly to “SMU Meadows School of the Arts”, School Code 7640, and the appropriate Department Code in the Social Sciences category: 83 Communications. Applicants completing the IETLS should request scores be sent to SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Applicants who have attended all four years and graduated from a U.S. or English-speaking university are exempt from this requirement.

I-20 and F-1 Visa

All international students admitted to a graduate program are required to provide:

  • photocopy of passport page that shows official spelling of student’s name (submitted at time of application)
  • proof of financial support, usually in the form of a certified letter from a bank (submitted following an offer of admission)

Financial Aid

Scholarships and Graduate Internships for qualified, admitted students are available from the Temerlin Advertising Institute at the Meadows School of the Arts. Candidates for graduate awards are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is not required from international students on the F-1 visa. For additional information, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Meadows School of the Arts, PO Box 750356, Dallas, Texas 75275-0356 (telephone 214.768.3314).

Submission and Contact Information

All official materials regarding the application process should be emailed to or directed to the following:

Graduate Application Processing
PO BOX 518
Dallas TX 75275-0518

All questions or correspondence relating to admission or your application to the Meadows School of the Arts may be directed to:

Joe S. Hoselton
Director of Graduate Admissions & Institutional Research

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