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Communication Studies

Northern Illinois University

24 months
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849 USD/credit 15282 USD/year
492 USD/credit 8856 USD/year
492 USD/credit 8856 USD/year
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About

The Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies at Northern Illinois University is for students who wish to build upon their knowledge and leadership skills in communication theory, media studies, rhetorical studies and journalism. Students can focus on one of these interests or create an individualized program that encompasses more than one.

Overview

The student must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit and must take at least one 600- or 700-level course in each of the following four areas: journalism, communication theory, rhetorical studies, and media studies. COMS 691, Research in Communication Studies (3), is required of all students and must be taken during the first 12 semester hours of graduate work. Up to 12 semester hours taken at the 500-level may be included in a student’s program of study.

With the adviser’s advice and consent, the student must fulfill the requirements of either the thesis or non-thesis option.

Thesis Option

A thesis must be submitted and approved. From 3 to 6 semester hours may be allotted to thesis research and writing. A maximum of 6 semester hours may be taken in a combination of COMS 697, Directed Individual Study, and COMS 699, Master’s Thesis.

Non-Thesis Option

A maximum of 3 semester hours may be earned in COMS 697, Directed Individual Study. This course should only be used for unique educational opportunities, new projects, and research endeavors not otherwise available through current course offerings.

Why NIU?

Each year, Northern Illinois University welcomes more than 5,000 graduate students from around the world to our vibrant community. We invite you to join us. Explore our wide range of graduate degrees and certificates. Our programs will advance your education and your career, and you'll have outstanding opportunities for research, innovation and hands-on learning.

Our university and individual programs of study rank nationally year after year. NIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies NIU as a High Research Activity University.

Accreditation

Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies NIU as a High Research Activity University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Freedom of Speech and Communication Ethics
  • Political Communication in America
  • Advanced Documentary Field Production
  • Advanced Narrative Field Production
  • Designing for the Internet
  • Audio Production
  • Transnational Communication and Media
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • History of Film
  • The Documentary Tradition
  • History of Broadcasting
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Advanced Studio Production
  • Narrative Scriptwriting
  • Interactive Media Production II
  • The Classical Tradition in Rhetorical Theory
  • Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
  • Seminar in Public Rhetoric

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

36 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
2.75
GRE admission requirements GRE®
Required
GMAT admission requirements GMAT
Required

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or one with equivalent recognition.
  • Achieved a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale, or the equivalent.
  • If you received a three-year degree awarded through the Bologna process in Europe or a three-year Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration awarded in India, you are eligible to apply (provided you are seeking admission to the MBA or OMIS program).
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Test scores (if required).
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (optional)
  • Additional materials required by your program.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    15282 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 849 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    8856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 492 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 492 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for DeKalb

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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

Funding

The Student Financial Aid Office supervises the awarding of a limited number of scholarships for graduate students, many of which have specific requirements for major academic classification and grade point average. Information for private scholarships can be obtained in the Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO). Scholarship funds are disbursed in two equal amounts, half for the fall semester and the other half for the spring semester, unless the donor indicates in writing that the funds should be disbursed differently. To qualify for NIU awarded endowment scholarships, an applicant must be currently admitted as an NIU student and have a minimum 3.00 GPA.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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