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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 and require submission of the GRE.
Checklist Summary of Required Application Materials* (additional information below):
*Current SMU Undergraduate Students applying to the 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, Summer or Spring terms. Consideration for awards will be available to candidates that complete submission with all materials prior to the priority or standard listed deadlines. 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. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have submitted fully by January 15. Standard submission deadline is March 15. Final Deadline for consideration for the Fall term admission only will be May 15. Scholarship and Research/Teaching Assistantship consideration will be given to admitted candidates that completed their submission by the Priority or Standard deadlines and that have submitted official GRE scores.
Summer Entry Application Dates:
Applications will be available for submission beginning in September and must be completed by May 1.
Spring Entry Application Dates:
Applications will be available for submission beginning in May. Evaluations will begin following the November 1 deadline.
Applications submitted after the listed deadlines will only be considered on a case by case basis for the term they are submitted but will likely be moved to the next term of entry.
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:
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/GMAT (Optional for Scholarship & Assistanthip Consideration)
Applicants to the Temerlin Advertising Institute interested in Scholarship and Research/Teaching Assistantship consideration must take and submit either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) general test scores.
Applicants that have taken, or plan to take the GRE or GMAT, should 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 admission consideration but they are necessary for consideration for scholarship and/or assistantship funding.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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