Graduate Studies


"The knowledge I have gained from my time as a graduate student at WIU has proven to be invaluable, not  only in my professional world, but my personal life as well. I took advantage of the assistantships the department offered and worked as a research assistant during my first year. I have been able to directly apply my experience as an assistant to my current position as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Of course, as a student in this graduate program, you will gain knowledge in the field of communication. What you will also gain is life experiences, build relationships, and you will be a part of a group of academics that can proudly say that you had the grit and determination to complete a master's program." -- Monica Lombardo, MA, 2016, Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of Illinois College of Medicine

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, internship, 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 2023

  • Currently enrolled: 21
  • International: 10
  • Minority: 5
  • Students with Assistantships: 10

Department Contact Information:

Memorial Hall 302