Graduate | Communication Studies | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Graduate students walking together on SIU campus


The Department offers both master's and doctoral degrees in Communication Studies.* Doctoral graduate students elect to focus on one or more of the following areas of study: Gender, Sexuality, and Relational Communication; Intercultural Communication and Pedagogy; Performance Studies; and Rhetoric and Society. Courses also are available in critical/cultural studies, organizational communication, public address, and public relations.

We’re a very active department—faculty and graduate students give an average of more than 175 presentations each year at professional conferences. Our department sponsors a professional seminar series, teacher training workshops, and extensive production opportunities in our performance laboratory, the Marion Kleinau Theatre. The Department cooperates closely with the department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SIU, which offers an 18-hour graduate program certificate. In addition, we have an active mentoring program for first-year graduate teaching assistants and many other formal and informal projects and programs. Read what our current graduate students have to say about our program.

All prospective students must apply on-line to the Graduate School. Please send all official transcripts from each college and university attended to the Department address below. Click here to read a general overview of the current application process.

Graduate Handbooks

You can download our current graduate handbooks using the links below:

*Note: Degrees completed starting Summer 2015 will be granted as Communication Studies; degrees prior to that term will be granted as Speech Communication.