Graduate Applicants

To apply to our graduate program, CLICK HERE


Graduate Studies in Communication at ISU

Want to know what makes our program special?

A BIG part of our success comes from the faculty and students and what they accomplish! Take a few minutes to check out the faculty and students sharing their experiences as part of our master's program:

Graduate Program Video

Here are the bios of our Fall 2023 cohort of students:

COM Fall 2023 Cohort Graduate Student Bios

Our faculty are also outstanding! They frequently win teaching, research, and service awards on campus and in our professional organizations. Here are the impressive bios of our faculty and their respective areas of expertise:

COM Grad Faculty Profiles and Areas of Expertise 2023-24

Want to know how to apply and the funding opportunities we provide? (Click below to learn more)

Master's Program Application and Funding Processes

Want to know about the courses we offer in our program? Search for Communication in the Graduate Catalogue link.

Graduate School Catalog

You can also search for COM graduate courses (all at the 400-level for graduate seminars) on the ISU Course Finder site.

Course Finder

Want to know what careers our program graduates enter after graduating from our program? 

We recently asked our alumni, "So what can (and did!) you do with a master's in Communication from Illinois State University?" Their answers included: Human Resources Manager, Social Media Specialist, Adjunct Instructor, Recruiter, Training Specialist, Public Affairs Coordinator, Community Outreach Coordinator, Digital Consultant, Client Relations Representative, Project Manager, Account Manager, Marketing Manager, Director of Communications, Documentary Filmmaker, and Director of Student-Athlete Development... and those are just some examples. Check out the document below for more! 

Career Options after Completing Our Master's Program 

Want to know if our students go on to earn advanced degrees beyond their master's?

They sure do! We are proud of the success our students have being accepted into top doctoral programs in the nation. Our recent graduates have joined programs at Penn State, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Maryland, Michigan State University, University of Missouri, and the University of Florida, just to name a few! 

Want to continue beyond your master's degree and further your education in communication and teaching?

We work with the College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning, to offer an Ed.D. with a concentration in Communication. Click on the link below for more information.

Program Information Ed.D. Program

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