How do I apply?
Apply online at www.niu.edu/grad.
What is due, when?
Consult the Graduate Catalog for application deadlines. http://catalog.niu.edu/
Generally, remember when assistantship applications are due (middle of February) and when registration for classes begins (i.e., around April 1 for Summer/Fall) and use those that fit your circumstances for a deadline.
Registration for classes is ongoing, but some classes fill quickly
Assistantship applications should be received by the department by the middle of February. Please also have your admission paperwork and transcripts/letters of recommendation submitted to the Graduate School at this time.
Typically, assistantships begin in the fall semester.
The assistantship application is available on the graduate school website.
What forms go where?
The application for admission to the graduate school is submitted online to the graduate school. Transcripts, letters of recommendations and GRE scores should be sent to the graduate school.
Reavis 107, COMS Graduate Office Support Specialist
Department of Communication
Graduate Office Support Specialist
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Former graduate assistants explain that the assistantship prepared them for future teaching experiences. Listen to what a few of them had to say.
What might I be doing for an assistantship?
Your assistantship may be in the areas of:
Teaching COMS 100
Media Production/Video Production Assistance
Editorial assistant for a journal
Assistance with high enrollment undergraduate classes
For international students the TOEFL is required as is the Test of Spoken English.
The Graduate Director (Dr. Kathleen Valde firstname.lastname@example.org ) will also answer questions that you have.
Your Temporary Advisor does not necessarily become your Permanent Advisor. You decide during your course of study who you would like to ask to become your committee chair and the two of you discuss your plan of study and your thesis or comprehensive exams.
What is the completion time for the MA degree?
It is not recommended for students to graduate in fewer than four semesters. It is possible to do so, but it requires an enormous commitment of time that many students find intimidating.
It is recommended that you take COMS 691 in your first semester. It teaches you about the history of communication, different research methods, and the foundation of the discipline.
You must take one 600 or 700 level course from each of the four areas of concentration: Interpersonal, Organizational, and Persuasive Communication, Media, Rhetoric, and Journalism.
If you are a TA, you have to take COMS 630 your first semester.
With advisor approval, you may elect a maximum of 12 semester hours in allied studies in other departments.