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“In grad school, you study what interests you. Having my Master’s degree set me apart. Experiences in the classroom and around the campus . . . that’s what really sells you in the job market.”
– Martina Jackson, BA, 1997, MA, 1999

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.

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.

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

For more information about the Communication graduate program, faculty, and assistantships, please go to


Graduate Assistantships are available from the department.

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  • Degrees Available:
    • M.A.
  • Locations:
    • Macomb
  • Required GPA:
    • Cumulative: 2.75 or
    • Last 2 years: 3.0
  • Admission Requirements:
    • Transcripts
    • Writing Sample
    • Goals Statement
  • Interesting Facts: Fall 2013
    • Currently enrolled: 21
    • International: 2
    • Minority: 7
    • Male: 9
    • Female: 12
    • Students with Assistantships: 12
  • Department Contact Information

Memorial Hall 302

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