24 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Media Theory and Research program at Southern Illinois University offers a solid foundation in media research, methods, and theory, and prepares students for a variety of interests including research positions in media organizations, opinion research, commentary, teaching and doctoral studies.


Key Features

From isolated villages to urban centers throughout the world, powerful changes in media and communication are sweeping the globe. There is unparalleled access to a variety of platforms and new media resources that deliver images and information to an increasingly global society. Here you find a diverse community of award-winning scholars and media makers aiming to influence the way people work, play, create and communicate with each other in this constantly evolving media landscape.

To apply for the Media Theory and Research program at Southern Illinois University, go to Media Theory and Research as the deparment.  This major is not currently listed under Mass Communications and Media Arts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mass Media as Social Institutions
  • Media Theory
  • Masters Seminar
  • Critical Research Methods in Media Arts
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Mass Communication
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • 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.


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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