Admission to AdPR

Students who want to major in Advertising and Public Relations must apply to be  accepted into our program. There are two admission points: Fall semester and Spring Semester. Students interested in admission for Fall should apply in March. Students interested in admission for Spring should apply in October. Exact deadlines are posted at the start of each semester.
Download the application HERE

Applications are still open for Spring 2024.

Please download our application cover page here .

Email the completed cover form with
your 250 word statement, 
unofficial college transcript (include transfer college transcripts if applicable),
and a graded college essay, (or ungraded, if you don't have a graded copy) 
to Professor Ed Keller 
at "> .
Subject:  Spring, 2024 applicant to Ad/PR program

NOTE: Transfer students must first be accepted to City College of New York and then can apply separately for the Ad/PR program major. Transfer students wishing to apply to Advertising/ Public Relations program must ALSO submit an application to the CUNY Application Processing Center.  
For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 212 650-6977.


  • Complete the pre-requisite course, MCA 101 Introduction to Media Studies, with a B- or better.                      
    • Students may apply while taking MCA 101 and will receive acceptance upon receiving final grade.
    • Students may also take MCA 101 the semester before they plan to enter the major.
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.   
  • Writing is an essential part of this major. Therefore, it is essential to have a mastery of English grammar and syntax, as well as the ability to organize ideas  clearly and logically.  
  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits by the time they enter the major.  



Transfer students must meet the same criteria as above.

In addition, transfer students who have been accepted to CCNY should meet with an Ad/PR academic advisor before applying to the Ad/PR program. If you’ve taken courses that you believe are equivalent to the Ad/PR major requirements, please bring your official college transcript, grade report, and a course description of the related course work to your advising meeting. Students who have taken a Mass Communications course (MCA 101 equivalent) at  another school will need to bring additional writing samples to demonstrate writing  proficiency.



Students should submit their application the semester before they’ll begin taking classes in the Ad/PR major. Click HERE for an application.

In addition to completing the form, students must also submit:

  • A 250-word statement about his/her interest in the Ad/PR major and/or profession.
  • A graded college essay.
  • An official transcript (which must include a grade report with GPA)

Include all materials in a single envelope and send to:

Ad/PR Program Director

Department of Media & Communication Arts
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue, #472 Shepard (4th FL)
New York, NY 10031
Phone: 212-650-5726 (Department Administrator)


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Last Updated: 10/12/2023 09:25