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 OpenHouseRegisterButtonThrive in a program that nourishes creativity, curiosity, and innovation through a flexible curriculum that challenges you to critically examine the impact of communication, media, and performance methods in today’s increasingly complex world. The Master of Arts in Communication, Media, and Performance (CMP) at Governors State University develops vital communication skills, both written and performance-based. The program’s creative problem-solving and research-centered approach is designed to help you find a meaningful career and excel in any field. As a CMP student, you’ll apply these skills across platforms and disciplines through advanced projects that encourage development in your area of personal and professional interests.

In these times of highly competitive markets, organizations need members with the ability to communicate effectively, ethically, and to think critically in order to create change in business, government, media, the arts, and other areas. Balancing academic theory and practical application, our program allows you to go at your own pace, selecting from a variety of topical seminars. Recent courses addressed topics such as: Food, Discourse, & Society; Cultural Analysis of Breaking Bad; Rhetoric of Social Movements; The Digital Mirror; Interpersonal Communication. 

Reach your career goals. 

With an M.A. in Communication, Media, and Performance, you will be equipped with the skills needed to enter career areas such as advertising, cable television, college teaching, consulting, customer service,  human resource development, journalism, media management, media writing, public affairs, public relations, theatre performance and production, TV production and direction, and training. Our curriculum will also prepare you to pursue advanced graduate studies in the communication/media, theatre/performance, and related disciplines.

Why get a Master of Arts in Communication, Media, and Performance? 

With the revolution of communication technology, the need for creative and thoughtful communicators continues to rise. CMP students develop skills to craft and deliver messages to diverse audiences using leading-edge platforms and proven strategies. Ethical communication practices empower students to enter their chosen field as global citizens and agents of change who are mindful of cultural contexts, human rights, and dignity, and who possess the critical skills necessary to create meaning and understanding.

Data collected in 2017 reflected the median annual salary for Public Relations Specialists at $58,020 with an average range of $42,450 – $79,650 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Chicago’s median salary for Public Relations Specialists is $63,140.

Delivery Format

Governors State’s 36-credit hour Communication, Media, and Performance M.A. has flexible course offerings with on-campus, hybrid, and online classes. With full-time and part-time options, students decide the pace of their program. On average, full-time students complete the degree in two years. 

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  • Brittney-Davis

    Brittney Davis, Class of 2017

    The faculty are the best part of the Communication program. The professors are passionate about their areas of expertise and interest, and it is truly contagious—they encourage students to look at what they love in different lights and challenge them to grow in every area of communication. Very few programs offer you the variety of subject matter that a Communication degree affords. Nothing is off limits, and everyone can turn their passion into academic product.

  • Deborah-James

    Dr. Deborah James

    The innovative CMP program lives at the intersection of communication, media, and performance. As a media researcher and producer, I am excited to work with students to develop strategic theoretical knowledge and industry-standard skills in cross-platform streaming media and TV production management. Located 25 minutes from Chicago, the third-largest media market in the U.S., students work with award-winning faculty in professional state-of-the-art studios, and actively participate in a dynamic peer-to-peer learning environment. This program is ideal for students looking to further develop analytical, ethical, and practical skills to perform at a high level in creative and media industries.

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