24 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Communication Studies program at Southern Illinois University has a healthy diversity of outlooks and approaches. Our diversity is complemented by an exceptionally supportive interpersonal climate. 


Key Features

The Department offers a Communication Studies program at Southern Illinois University. Doctoral graduate students elect to focus on one or more of the following areas of study: Gender, Sexuality, and Relational Communication; Intercultural Communication and Pedagogy; Performance Studies; and Rhetoric and Society. Courses also are available in critical/cultural studies, organizational communication, public address, and public relations.

We’re a very active department—faculty and graduate students give an average of more than 175 presentations each year at professional conferences. Our department sponsors a professional seminar series, teacher training workshops, and extensive production opportunities in our performance laboratory, the Marion Kleinau Theatre. The Department cooperates closely with the department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SIU, which offers an 18-hour graduate program certificate. In addition, we have an active mentoring program for first-year graduate teaching assistants and many other formal and informal projects and programs. Read what our current graduate students have to say about our program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Communication Theories and Models
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Environmental Rhetoric
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Gender, Sexuality and Communication
  • Black Feminist Thought as Theory and Praxis
  • Public Address

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

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.


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