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Master of Arts in Communication Studies
Northern Illinois University

The Department of Communication offers a Master of Arts degree in communication studies.  In consultation with faculty advisers, students may design individualized programs of study suited to their academic needs and interests.

Graduate course work available:

  • Media studies
  • Rhetorical studies
  • Journalism
  • Interpersonal, organizational & persuasive communication

Attractive features of our program include: Forensics activities, media production facilities, communication research lab and teaching assistantships.

Degree Requirements

  • Coms 691 required in the first 12 semester hours of enrollment.  
  • Coms 630 required for students with assistantships during their first semester
  • Graduate students are required to take one class from each of the four areas.
  • Research, communication education and internship does not count as one of the four areas.
  • Students must complete 36 semester hours
  • Students must complete a thesis or 9 hours of written examination
  • It is not recommended for students to graduate in fewer than four semesters. It is possible to do so, but it requires an enormous commitment of time.

To register for classes and access/update your student information go to MyNIU

For more information please contact

Professor Kathleen Valde
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
815-753-7106
kvalde@niu.edu