The online option in Communication and Leadership targets working professionals, especially individuals aspiring to leadership roles in their current professions. Effective leadership often depends on effective communication. The online Communication and Leadership option helps students enhance their marketability in today's professional environment through the integration of theory and practice and the development of organizational communication and leadership skills. Some of the skills students will acquire through the online MA program include: Written communication skills, the ability to think critically and create persuasive messages, the ability to gather information, work in teams, problem-solve, and summarize and present information.
We provide a flexible program for working students and students seeking employment in the following types of careers:
The online option for the M.A. in Communication studies is a two-year program that requires 33 semester hours of course work. Students will take 2 courses (6 semester hours) during the summer, fall and spring semesters over a two-year period (with the exception of the second summer semester in which they will take 3 hours). Students who require a different pace can take just one course per semester--the choice is up to the student! You can start in fall, spring, or summer terms.
Our online courses are taught by Communication Studies faculty at EIU.
Our students represent a wide variety of backgrounds. Many students have undergraduate degrees in Political Science, but we also have students with degrees such as History, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, English, Communications, Journalism, and General Studies. Our students are diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, ideology, and class.
Minimum Admission Criteria:
The online program will use rolling admissions procedures to provide flexibility to students and also allow for fewer course offerings per semester than would a cohort schedule.
Students select 11 courses from the following:
CMN5020 Communication Theory. Credits: 3
CMN5040 Communication Research. Credits: 3
CMN5015 Communication Ethics. Credits: 3
CMN5150 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication. Credits: 3
CMN5190 Leadership Communication. Credits: 3
CMN5240 Communication Pedagogy. Credits: 3
CMN5510 Interpersonal Communication. Credits: 3
CMN5520 Social Interaction. Credits: 3
CMN5530 Intercultural Communication. Credits: 3
CMN5550 Special Topics in Communication. Credits: 3
CMN5650 Digital Communication. Credits: 3
CMN5710 Organizational Communication. Credits: 3
CMN5720 Seminar in Public Relations. Credits: 3
CMN5740 Small Group and Team Communication. Credits: 3
Total Semester Hours: 33 semester hours
*Major GPA based on all Communication Studies courses taken at EIU.
**The minimum major GPA required for graduation is 3.0.