M.A. On Campus


University of Illinois at Chicago

24 months
24738 USD/year
24738 USD/year
11870 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers work leading to degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels and participates in the interdepartmental concentrations in Black Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Survey Research Methodology.


The Communication programme at the University of Illinois at Chicago goal is to produce scholars and researchers who will be critical consumers and producers of research about communication, whether in academic or applied settings, and who will contribute to the growth of knowledge in those settings.

At the master’s level, study and research are available in two general areas, media studies and cultural diversity. Because the areas intertwine, program emphasis is on breadth and integration. Inquiry in media studies ranges, for example, from journalism ethics to electronic media and computer-mediated communication. Cultural inquiry includes language and symbolic representation, critical theory, social inequality and racism, and cross-cultural differences.

At the doctoral level, the program focuses on communication and technology. Students develop thorough understanding of the field, expertise in its theories, skills needed to conduct effective research, and experience teaching in a university setting. They also acquire a specialty from among those recognized in scholarly societies and reflected in current research emphases among department faculty.

A signature feature of department programs is their flexibility. Students pursue individual and professional aims with guidance from an advisor, designing a course of study to reach their own educational goals. Because the department strongly encourages interdisciplinary work, students may study with scholars in allied disciplines.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Operationalizing Communication Research 
  • Human Augmentics
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Complete transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Resume Required, 1–2 pages.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required, each along with a completed Rating Form, at least two from academic recommenders.
  • Personal Statement Required, 600 words. The statement should address how graduate study in the department relates to the applicant’s career or other aims.
  • Writing Sample Recommended.
  • Nondegree Applicants Rarely accepted. Nondegree applicants must submit all credentials and meet the same admission requirements as degree applicants. Nondegree students may not take individual study courses.
  • Tuition Fee

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    • International

      24738 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
    • National

      24738 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
    • In-State

      11870 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 5935 USD per semester during 24 months.

    Living costs for Chicago

    1297 - 2491 USD /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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