Graduate Studies


"I am fortunate to have a degree in a field that encompasses all facets of my life, Communication.  This is knowledge that I utilize in every aspect of my life, whether it be relationships at home, interactions with my students and colleagues, or connections in the community.  My education at WIU helped me to embrace this degree. Through the guidance of dedicated and knowledgeable WIU faculty, I was challenged to move beyond the role of spectator and into making meaningful contributions to the field, enriching my own life and providing opportunities to enhance the lives of others." Christina Farwell, MA, 2011, Instructor at John Wood Community College

Program Overview

The Master of Arts degree in Communication emphasizes both theoretical and applied knowledge. The general communication program offers students higher levels of knowledge, skills, theory, research, and practical experience in the communication discipline. Students often participate in seminars and work one-on-one with faculty members.

Graduates of the program pursue professional careers in a broad range of business and educational organizations, or they continue their graduate education beyond the master’s level.

Why Choose Communication at WIU

The master’s program in communication at WIU is large enough to be of recognized quality and rigor, but small enough to provide you with individualized attention. The Department of Communication graduate faculty is noted for their teaching effectiveness as well as their significant scholarly and professional activities.

The advantages are:

• small classes
• working closely with faculty
• the opportunity for graduate assistantship funding
• increased job options
• preparation for doctoral studies
• the choice of a thesis, applied project, or research paper to complete your degree

 Our Faculty

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Possible Careers

The discipline routinely prepares students to enter a variety of diverse professions including event planning, recruiting, college instructor, business management, training and development, politics, and organizational consulting.


Graduate Assistantships are available from the department.


Quick View

Degrees Available:

  • M.A.


  • Macomb
  • Quad Cities

Required GPA:

  • Cumulative: 2.75 or
  • Last 2 years: 3.0

Admission Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Writing Sample
  • Goals Statement

Interesting Facts: Fall 2021

  • Currently enrolled: 26
  • International: 10
  • Minority: 6
  • Students with Assistantships: 14

Department Contact Information:

Memorial Hall 302