Graduate Information

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The Gradute Student Handbook has been designed to assist our masters candidates and prospective students with any questions they might have and to provide a comprehensive overview of the program while providing information on a range of topics. Below is a list of the information you can find in the graduate handbook:

In The Graduate Handbook...

  1. Program Overview
  2. Application/Admission Process
  3. Thesis Information
  4. Certificate Program in Media Literacy
  5. And Much More Useful Information...

Click Here To Download The Graduate Student Handbook

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Masters in Mass Communications Application

Graduate Assistantship Application

Letter From The Director of Graduate Studies

Dear Student:

Dr. IbroschevaThank you for inquiring about our Master of Science degree in Mass Communications. Our MS is designed for students who wish to concentrate in Media Studies (media and politics, media law and ethics, transnational media, or media and representation) or Professional Media Practice (media message design, and media policy and management). These concentration areas reflect the expertise of the department's graduate faculty, and thus enable students to attain high levels of competence in pragmatic considerations in media, theoretical sophistication and research design.

The MS program is comprised of 30 credit hours (9 hours of core coursework, 15 elective hours, and 6 hours of thesis or professional project).

The program maintains an enrollment of about 30 students. This size assures small class sizes (normally about 8-15), personalized program advising from the Graduate Program Director based on your career and educational goals, as well as a close working relationship with your graduate thesis/final project committee. Recent graduates from the program have applied their degrees professionally in television journalism, advertising, public relations, sports marketing, newspaper management, and public policy, while others have gone on to pursue law and doctoral degrees.

Students typically begin courses in August at the beginning of the fall semester and can finish their program as early as the following fall. However, admission to the program is open all year and applications are assessed for acceptance as they arrive. Application files must be complete at least four weeks preceding the first day of the term.

There are a limited number of competitive graduate assistantships. Assistantships carry a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. If you are interested in applying for one of these opportunities, please send in a completed Assistantship form along with the other application materials required for application. Assistantships are competitive, and selections are generally made in early April for the following academic year.

To apply to the MS in Mass Communications, please submit all of the following to:

Graduate Admissions
Box 1047
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Illinois 62026-1047

  1. A completed Graduate Admission Application form and fees
  2. Official transcripts
  3. A completed Mass Communications Graduate Program Application.
  4. Statement of Purpose.
  5. Three letters of Recommendation.
  6. Assistantship Application (optional-only for those seeking an Assistantship).
Thank you for your interest in SIUE’s Mass Communications MS program. Please feel free to contact Dr. Ibroscheva, our Graduate Director, if you have any questions. You can locate her contact information under the "People" section.

Dr. Elza Ibroscheva - Graduate Director

The Graduate Faculty

  • Dr. Gary Hicks - Department Chair - Associate Professor
  • Dr. Elza Ibroscheva - Graduate Studies Director - Associate Professor
  • Dr. Ralph Donald - Professor - Internship Director
  • Dr. Donna Hale - Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Musonda Kapatamoyo - Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Riley Maynard - Professor
  • Dr. Suman Mishra - Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Jason Yu - Assistant Professor