Graduate ProgramWhy seek a master's degree in communication? A master's degree in communication provides you with additional knowledge and experience that extends beyond what you learned during your undergraduate degree. The M.A. program emphasizes both theoretical and applied knowledge that will prove extremely valuable in a variety of personal and professional situations. The advantages include bringing you:
higher levels of knowledge, skills, theory, research, and practical experience in the communication
practical leadership skills
the possibility of gaining teaching experience as a graduate teaching assistant
the possibility of increasing your research skills and practical experiences as a graduate assistant
advanced knowledge and expertise in your chosen area of study
working closely with faculty
the opportunity for graduate assistantship funding
increased job options
preparation for doctoral studies
the choice of a thesis or non-thesis option to complete your degree
the thesis option includes 27 SH of course work and 6 SH of thesis (COMM 601) work.
the non-thesis options include:
30 SH of coursework and 3 SH of creative/applied project work (COMM 602); or
33 SH of coursework and 1 SH of revising a previously-written graduate research paper (COMM 603).
COMM 500, Introduction to Graduate Studies
COMM 504, Empirical Research in Human Communication
COMM 506, Graduate Seminar in Message Production
have a cumulative GPA in all undergraduate work of a 2.75 (on a 4-point scale) or higher or
have a 3.0 GPA or higher in your last two years of undergraduate work
additionally, all students born after December 31, 1956 and registering for the first time at WIU are required to provide evidence of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria.
International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 237 paper-based/580 computer-based or higher in order to be considered for admission to the program.
Coordinator, Graduate Program
Department of Communication
Memorial Hall 313
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois 61455
JM-Averbeck@wiu.edu School of Graduate Studies
Sherman Hall 116
Phone: (309) 298-1806
Fax: (309) 298-2345
Call Toll Free: 1-877-WIU Grad