S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Syracuse University

S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
13 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


Thirteen Professional Master's Degrees Are Offered by Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is widely regarded as one of the top communications schools in the country. The prestigious Newhouse name opens doors for students while they study at the school and throughout their careers after they graduate.

The school offers 13 professional master's degree programs spanning all areas of the communications industry: "Advertising;" "Arts Journalism;" "Audio Arts;" "Broadcast and Digital Journalism;" "Computational Journalism;" "Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism;" "Media and Education;" "New Media Management;" "Photography;" "Public Relations;" "Television, Radio, and Film;" "Documentary Film and History;" and "Public Diplomacy." The "Documentary Film and History" and "Public Diplomacy" programs are joint programs with Syracuse's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, also a prestigious and highly-regarded school.

The school also offers a "Sports Communications Emphasis" that can be completed in conjunction with" Broadcast and Digital Journalism," "Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism," or "Television, Radio, and Film."

In general, the Newhouse School of Public Communications' master's programs can be completed in 12-14 months. The school also offers an academic master's program in "Media Studies," a doctoral program in "Mass Communications" and a distance-learning executive education master's program in "Communications Management."

Faculty Members Come from the Profession, Bringing First-Hand Knowledge and a Passion for Teaching

The Newhouse School of Public Communications' faculty members come primarily from the profession. They bring with them first-hand industry knowledge and a passion for teaching. The result is a high-quality classroom experience for students. Syracuse University is known for its small class sizes, which allow students to work with and interact directly with the faculty members, whose comprehensive expertise spans everything from cultural journalism to new media to sports broadcasting and beyond. In many cases, Syracuse University faculty members continue to serve as mentors to students even after they graduate and go into the field.

The Newhouse School is housed in a 3-building facility, one of the world's most complete centers for the study of mass communications. An all-digital environment, it provides students with all the tools needed to master the skills of their chosen profession-even as that profession continues to change at a rapid pace. The school commits more than $300,000 a year to equipment and facility upgrades.

Specialized Facilities and Equipment as well as Numerous Prestigious Guest Speakers Provide an Edge

Among the specialized facilities and tools students have access to are a collaborative media room, where students from all disciplines come together to create multimedia products; an advertising and public relations lab that simulates a professional agency setting; photography labs and equipment; video and audio editing booths and equipment; studios for music recording and sound production; television studios with a master control room and a broadcast news set; graphics labs; and extensive computer labs.

Located in Syracuse, New York , at the center of New York State, the Newhouse School of Public Communications is within easy driving distance of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The school regularly hosts industry leaders (many of whom are alumni), who come to speak with students or lead classes. Recent campus visitors include chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation and chairman of the board of directors of NBCUniversal, Brian Roberts; "Brides" magazine Editor-in-Chief Keija Minor; P&G Global Beauty Care Group President Deb Henretta; "Modern Family" writer and co-producer Danny Zuker '86; "Sports Illustrated" senior writer Pete Thamel; ESPN host, anchor and play-by-play announcer Anish Shroff '04; foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley '98; CEO, co-founder and director of DreamWorks Animation SKG Jeffery Katzenberg; Chairman emeritus of Ogilvy & Mather and member of The Advertising Hall of Fame Shelley Lazarus; J-14 Magazine Editor in Chief Rachel Chang G'03; and ESPN play-by-play commentator and studio and radio host Mike Tirico '88.

The Newhouse Career Development Center and 25,000 Alumni Help Graduates Succeed

Syracuse University and the Newhouse School of Public Communications also serve as a hub for employers and job recruiters. The Newhouse Career Development Center (CDC) hosts an annual career event, where some 50-60 national communications companies send representatives to campus to interview and recruit students for jobs and internships. The CDC assists students in developing job and internship search skills through seminars and workshops, and distributes job and internship leads.

One of the Syracuse University and the Newhouse School of Public Communications' most valuable assets is its alumni, who are over 25,000 strong. Fiercely loyal to their alma mater, they hold positions of leadership in all areas of the communications industry. Many of them are part of the Newhouse Network ( http://newhouse.syr.edu/network ), the most powerful and successful group of communications professionals in the world. Members of this online community make themselves available to students and other alumni for career advice and networking.

Location & Contact

S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Syracuse University

215 University Place
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

Lorraine Branham,


Phone: 315-443-3372

Graduate Records Office

Phone: 315-443-4039
Fax: 315-443-1834
Email: pcgrad@syr.edu

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Communication Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (JD/MA)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Science (JD/MS)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Science/Master of Arts (MS/MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 275
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied889
    • AcceptedNot Reported
    • Acceptance RateNot Reported
    • Enrolled230
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $45
    • Application Fee - International $45
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? No
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall/Summer deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Available Not Available Not Available
    • Spring deadline Not Available Not Available Not Available
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International Degrees100 iBT minimum, IELTS required 7.0 minimum

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableScholarship and/or loans, instructional associate positions with partial tuition reimbursements

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students334
    • Female Percentage68%
    • Male Percentage32%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students334
    • Part-time Percentage22%
    • Full-time Percentage78%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American19%
    • White / Caucasian62%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown5%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty112
    • Full-time Percentage62%
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Female Percentage41%
    • Male Percentage59%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMedia convergence, political reporting, interactive multimedia, popular television, advertising effectiveness
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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