Welcome to the School of Communication.

Graduate Program in Communication

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The Master's degree program in Communication at Illinois State University provides a distinctive academic experience that educates students in diverse theoretical frameworks and research methods appropriate to the advanced study of communication. Our emphasis is on the application of scholarly knowledge to evaluate and solve social problems. We also promote a passion for intellectual and theoretical discovery that transcends career objectives and course expectations. Graduates of our nationally recognized program pursue careers in college teaching, training & development, human & employee relations, public relations, media management, media relations, and community relations. Many go on to complete Ph.D. degrees in communication.

Please see this document for more information about our Master's Program:
Graduate Program in Communication at ISU


Complete the online admission application at Go Illinois State. Be prepared to upload a Letter of Application in which you discuss your background, academic interests, and career objectives. You must also arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation submitted electronically on your behalf. Applicants must also submit additional materials, such as a Resume/CV and Writing Sample, to support their applications. To be admitted, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 over the last 60 hours of your undergraduate degree coursework. International students are additionally required to obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 250 (computer-based testing), 100 (Internet-based testing), or 600 (paper-based). Admission is competitive.

Please see this document for step-by-step instructions on how to complete your application to our program:
Application Process

University Requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • present official transcripts from each college or university other that Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Deadline
Fall start (August) February 1st
Spring start (January) October 1st

Graduate Assistantship Information

The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.

To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally:

  • be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
  • be in good-standing
  • be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).

Graduate assistants receive:

  • monthly wages paid in the form of either a $1,000 stipend or an hourly wage
  • a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
  • a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment

For More Information

Contact Dr. Kevin R. Meyer, Graduate Coordinator: (309) 438-3277 or kmeyer@ilstu.edu

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Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Dr. Kevin R. Meyer Fell 408 kmeyer@ilstu.edu (309) 438-3277