Communication Studies

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Degrees Offered 

(Formerly Speech Communication)

  • M.A. in Communication Studies
  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies
  • *Theater Applicants - For M.F.A. admission, apply to the Theater department. For Ph.D. level admission, apply to the Communication Studies Ph.D. program and note a specialization in Theater on the departmental application. ALL theater applicants (M.F.A. and Ph.D.) should contact Professor Jacob Juntunen in Theater (phone: 618-453-5747 or email: for information about the application process and procedures.

Application Fee - $65


  • GRE - optional. Students wishing to be considered for fellowships with the Graduate School should submit GRE scores.
  • 600/250/100 TOEFL or IELTS score of 7 required for all international students, unless from a country on the exempt list


  • Fall - January 1
  • Applications accepted for Fall ONLY. Theater applicants can apply for any term.

Areas of Interest -

  • Intercultural Communication and Pedagogy - M.A., Ph.D.
  • Gender, Sexuality and Communication - M.A., Ph.D.
  • Performance Studies - M.A., Ph.D.
  • Rhetoric and Society - M.A., Ph.D.
  • Theater - M.A.
  • Theater-Playwriting - Ph.D.
  • Theater-History and Criticism - Ph.D.

Contact Information 

Ms. Laura Sims


Communication Studies
Communications Room 2008
Mailcode - 6605
Carbondale, IL 62901

For complete details - Visit the Communication Studies Web page

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Cost and Financial Assistance

Graduate education at Southern Illinois is very affordable. Costs include tuition (per credit hour) and fees. There are many forms of financial assistance available: Assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships which can include a partial or full waiver of tuition costs (fees cannot be waived). Most forms of financial aid are given for a semester or year at a time.