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Communication and Media (MA)
Communication and Media (MA)

Excel as a communication professional

Study communication in the context of popular culture, the corporate world, interpersonal relationships and new media with a master’s degree in Communication and Media. Develop diverse areas of interest while focusing on a specific content area with an optional concentration in Interpersonal Communication, Media and Cinema Studies, Multicultural Communication or Organizational Communication. You’ll master the tools and frameworks to critically examine and resolve real-life communication issues.

The program is typically completed in two years. Classes are offered weekday evenings on the Loop Campus.

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Surrounded by Chicago’s media empires

Our campus is in the heart of Chicago’s media and business districts in the Loop. You’ll have access to employers at top companies—including national and local media outlets, Fortune 500 companies and startups—just steps from campus.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall quarter: June 1
  • Winter quarter: November 2
  • Spring quarter: February 15

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, essay questions, writing sample, letters of recommendation, and résumé or curriculum vitae.

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Required Courses

You’ll take three core courses and nine electives. Complete your degree with a comprehensive exam, master’s thesis or master’s project.

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of 2017 Communication and Media MA graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation

Gain new perspective from distinctive faculty

You’ll dive into unique explorations of communication and media with faculty members like Associate Professor Blair Davis. His research interests range from classic Hollywood and the economics of cinema to comic book, horror and science-fiction films and African-American cinema and hip-hop culture. Davis has written and edited many books on these topics, and his essays appear in such journals as the Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television and the Canadian Journal of Film Studies.

Alumni Network

With more than 8,500 College of Communication alumni and 180,000 alumni university-wide, you’ll be connected to a wide network of working professionals. You’ll find our alumni working at companies, agencies and organizations such as Nielsen, NPR/WBEZ, Disney Interactive Media Group and Rolling Stone.


The College of Communication offers a tuition award and scholarship opportunities. In addition, the Communication and Media program has a limited number of graduate assistantships. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or

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