How do I apply?
Apply online at www.grad.niu.edu.
What is due, when?
Consult the Graduate Catalog for application deadlines. http://catalog.niu.edu/
Generally, remember when assistantship applications are due (end 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 end of February. Please also have your admission paperwork and transcripts/letters of recommendation submitted to the Graduate School at this time.
Assistantships are typically only offered in the Fall, for both semesters.
Reavis 107, COMS Graduate Office Support Specialist
Department of Communication
Graduate Office Support Specialist
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
What might I be doing for an assistantship?
Your assistantship may be in the areas of:
Media Production/Video Production Assistance
Computer Lab Assistance
Teaching COMS 100
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 research/thesis/scholarly paper and the classes that you have had with them.
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 591 in your first semester. It teaches you about the history of communication, different research methods, and the foundation of the discipline.
You must take an elective class in three of the four areas of concentration: Media, Rhetoric, Communication Theory, and Journalism.
If you’re 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.