Best Master's Degrees in Communication in Illinois

A master’s in communication and media can translate to a variety of professional settings including business, marketing, public relations, government, and law. 

Three years after completing their degree, communications master’s graduates earn a weighted average salary of $53,921. Our rankings of communications graduate programs cover 71 of the 192 programs available, accounting for 62% of total conferrals. 

We are unable to include schools for which there are insufficient earnings and/or debt data. For more information on how we determine the best communication programs, please visit our methodology page.

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#1 in Illinois | #10 in Communications nationally

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Economic score: 0.45

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $84,767

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $25,566

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $55,173

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.65

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Illinois | #13 in Communications nationally

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

Economic score: 0.48

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $45,429

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,833

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $19,854

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.44

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Illinois | #31 in Communications nationally

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.80

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $53,650

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $9,176

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $36,482

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.68

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Illinois | #38 in Communications nationally

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Carbondale, Illinois

Economic score: 0.95

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $47,379

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,549

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $41,682

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.88

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in Illinois | #52 in Communications nationally

Governors State University

University Park, Illinois

Economic score: 2.11

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $37,802

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $12,437

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $59,887

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.58

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

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University of Illinois Urbana, Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

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Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

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Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois

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Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois

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How long does it take to pay down debt in comms & media studies in Illinois?

Years

Under a year

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in comms & media studies is covered by average graduate earnings in under a year.

How much do graduates with master's degree in comms & media studies earn in Illinois?

Salary

$65,618

The median master's degree in comms & media studies graduate earns $65,618 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in comms & media studies cost in Illinois?

Net cost

$22,276

The average annual cost of a master's degree in comms & media studies is $22,276. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.