University of Illinois at Chicago

M.A. On Campus
24 months
7227 USD/year
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The goal of the MA in Communication program at the University of Illinois at Chicago 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, the MA in Communication program at the University of Illinois at Chicago 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.

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

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Fall 2021 Deadline: Jan 15, 2021




32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
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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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      7227 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 7227 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.

    7,227 - 17,714 USD


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