Advertising and Brand Responsibility Master’s Program Sample Schedules

This 46-credit cohort-based program is designed to be completed in one year, although some students may take longer to complete their terminal projects. The grids below show when we offer required courses and select electives. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Fall Term - First Year

Title Credit
J611 Mass Communication and Society 4
J607 Brand Responsibility Seminar 4
J560 Design, Technology, and Culture 4
Elective 4

Winter Term - First Year

Title Credit
J594 Strategic Communication Research 4
J607 Brand Responsibility Seminar 4
J557 Curiosity for Strategists 4
Elective 4-8

Spring Term - First Year

Title Credit
J607 Brand Responsibility Seminar 4
J609 Terminal Project 2-6
Elective(s) 4-8

Summer Term - First Year -or- Fall Term - Second Year

Title Credit
J609 Terminal Project 2-6

Academic Checklist

In addition to your required courses, you’ll need to complete the following tasks between enrollment and graduation. Complete these steps in order, with guidance from your faculty advisor.

  1. Make contact with your program director. The program director, Chris Chávez, will serve as your faculty advisor and will recommend possible advisors for your final project to you during winter term. 
  2. Submit your terminal project proposal to your advisor. By the end of winter term, you should secure your advisor’s approval of your project plan.
  3. Enroll for at least 3 credits during your graduating term. If you have not completed your terminal project by the time you complete your coursework, you will need to register for J609 in summer or fall term.
  4. Apply for graduation. In the second week of the term in which you plan to graduate, fill out the graduation form on GradWeb.
  5. Complete your oral defense of your terminal project. This should happen at least one week before the end of your final term.
  6. Submit an electronic copy of your final terminal project to the SOJC Graduate Programs Office.


Need some guidance? Here are a few options:

  1. Download our graduate handbook for more details about program requirements and resources.
  2. Contact our graduate recruiter with questions about the program, the application process, and admission.