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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.


Most applications for Fall are typically due by February of that same year. Programs that admit for Spring semester usually require all material to be in by mid-October. You must first complete an application to SIU's Gradaute School.

Call for Papers:  Global Fusion 2020.  Please click for PDF.

PH.D. Mass Communication & Media Arts

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

MA Media Theory & Research

The 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.  To apply for the Master of Arts in Media Theory and Research, go to Media Theory and Research as the deparment.  This major is not currently listed under Mass Communications and Media Arts.

We only accept applications for this degree for Fall admission.  The application window is October 16 through January 15.

MFA Media Arts

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

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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.  To apply for Master of Science in Professional Media and Media Management, go to Professional Media and Media Management as the department.  This major is not currently listed under Mass Communications and Media Arts.

We accept applications for this degree for both Fall and Spring admissions. For Fall admissions, the applications window is October 16 through January 15. For Spring admissions, applications are accepted from July 15 through October 15. 

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