The core professional degree for a communication career

The UIS School of Communication and Media now offers two Graduate programs for study. The Master’s Degree in Communication Studies is offered to provide students the opportunity to actively participate in an intensive, diverse and dynamic learning community, while they complete their degrees in their specific area of focus.


Although 400-level courses are open to both B.A and M.A. candidates, graduate students enrolled in 400-level courses should expect more stringent grading standards and/or more assignments (and perhaps differently structured assignments) than undergraduates enrolled in the same courses.

Master's Closure

In accordance with campus requirements, all graduate students must complete a closure experience (COM 501) consisting of one of the following: a thesis, a project, or comprehensive exams.

"Communication Studies helps students develop essential communication skills, including public speaking, interpersonal communication, and digital communication, which are crucial for success in any career. Additionally, it fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills, making it an invaluable asset for students in today's fast-paced world."

-Ann Strahle, Ph.D

Program Facts

36 hours coursework
On-Campus & Online
Earn your degree on-campus or online, to fit your flexible schedule.
16 - 24 Months
Accommodates the Schedules of Working Professionals
Career Outlook
Human relations, public relations and journalism, and utilizing practical skills in digital photography, video and web production and radio

Our Master's degree in Communication program

Develop advanced skills in research design and analysis, including the ability to conduct original research that contributes to the field of communication studies.

Explore specialized areas of communication, such as organizational communication, health communication, intercultural communication, or media studies, in depth to gain a deep understanding of the issues and challenges in these areas.

Acquire knowledge and skills related to emerging communication technologies, including social media, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence, and their impact on communication practices and society.

Communication courses focus on improving writing, speaking, and understanding in various contexts. They cover theoretical, critical, technical aspects of communication and explore its role in society, culture, and history, including power dynamics, identity, and social change.

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