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Program Intro

The highly flexible master’s degree program offers a broad range of courses on theories and research methodologies associated with rhetoric, interpersonal communication, performance studies, media studies and so much more.

Department of Communications and Creative Arts

Our master’s in communication is designed specifically for students who live and work in northwest Indiana. You’ll complete advanced, highly focused studies in human communication to advance your career, prep for a doctoral program or qualify to teach dual credit.

Curriculum Overview

With an emphasis on theory, research and advanced communication techniques, this program offers a number of optional courses so you can tailor your studies to your interests.

Begin your studies with a research experience, as well as foundational courses in communication theory and practice.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 58200 – Descriptive/Experimental Research
  • COM 50800 – Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • COM 51200 –  Theories of Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 51800 – Theories of Persuasion


Complete the requirements for the degree and complete your thesis.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 58400:  Historical/Critical Research
  • COM 52500 – Advanced Interviewing and Conference Methods
  • COM 55900 –  Current Trends in Mass Communication Research
  • COM 59000 – Directed Study of Specula Problems
  • COM 69800 – Research MA or MS Thesis


We offer the only Master of Arts in Communication degree program in the area. You can finish your studies in two years, and evening classes make it convenient to work full time. You can support your journey with graduate teaching assistantships.

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Funding opportunities available to communication graduate students include:

  • Eugene V. Debs Graduate Student Award in Communication and the Common Good
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship


Beyond the Classroom

Our MA students routinely present at regional and national conferences, including NCA and Pop Culture.


Career Paths

This degree prepares you to:

  • Teach dual credit
  • Earn admission into a doctoral program
  • Advance your career



Graduates of this program are employed in organizations and companies like:

  • Northwestern University
  • Cimcor
  • Museum of Science and Industry

Meet the Faculty

Daniel M. Dunn, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

My current role as a Professor of Communication is to teach a variety of courses for the Department of Communication & Creative Arts, both undergraduate and graduate.

Lee Artz

Lee Artz, Ph.D.

Professor, Media Studies

Lee Artz is a professor of media studies and the director of the department of communications. He is also the Center for Global Studies representative and serves on the faculty senate editorial boards of capitalism, communication, critique and democratic communique.

Catherine Gillotti

Catherine M. Gillotti, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, CHESS

Catherine Gillotti is an associate professor of Communication and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS).

Mary Beth O'Connor

Mary Beth O’Connor, M.A.

Associate Professor of Communication

Mary Beth O’Connor teaches broadcasting and advertising courses and oversees both of those concentrations for the department. Additionally, she is the supervising producer for The Roundtable Perspective television show.

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