Graduate Studies | College of Mass Communication and Media Arts | SIU

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Dr. Kavita Karan

Meet Dr. Kavita Karan, a Professor in the School of Journalism and an advertising critic. She will guide you on a fascinating journey through the ad images that saturate our daily lives.  View Profile

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Dr. Walter Metz

Dr. Walter Metz is Professor of Cinema & Photography, and a WSIU film critic.  You and he can jump into the many worlds of cinema and television too…with a side order of philosophy or Dr. Seuss!  View Profile

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Dr. Aaron Veenstra

Dr. Aaron Veenstra is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and  a social media investigator.  Discover the intriguing world of social media relations!  View Proflile

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Graduate Studies

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.

We are opening our admissions process on October 17, 2016 and the application window runs through February 15, 2017.  We only accept applications for Fall admission for our PhD, MA and MFA degrees.  We accept applications for our MS degree for both Fall and Spring admissions.  For Fall admissions, the application window is the same as for the other three degrees.  We accept applications for Spring admission from July 15 through October 15. 

Check out our courses and syllabi.

Watch our graduate faculty answer questions about the media industry, transmedia, media production, and social media!

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MA Media Theory & Research

This Master of Arts program offers a solid foundation in media research, methods, and theory in preparing students for a variety of interests, including research positions in media organizations, opinion research, commentary, teaching and doctoral studies.

MFA Media Arts

Your artistic and intellectual development is emphasized while producing work in photography, film, video, sound and new media. In the Master of Fine Arts program you will learn from a faculty that shares your passion for creativity and cares about your goals.

Check out samples of student and faculty work on Facebook!

MS Professional Media & Media Management

This Master of Science program provides an academic experience that takes students as far as they want to go, training graduates to become leaders in careers in mass media specializing in Media Management/ Advertising, Journalism, New Media, or Digital Documentary.

Doctoral Program

Be involved in the interdisciplinary study of global media with a faculty of nationally and internationally accomplished faculty of intellectual scholars and media producers.  The program’s focus is producing outstanding scholars and teachers who make significant contributions to understanding mass media.