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Master's Degrees

  • Deadline
    • The master’s program application deadline is Jan. 15, 2019. In order to have your application considered, you must submit all of the following items by Jan. 15. If your application is complete by Jan. 15, you will be notified of your admission decision on or around March 1.

      Review of applications generally begins in mid-to-late January and decisions will be made on or around March 1 for all applications received by the Jan. 15 deadline. Applications received or completed after that deadline will only be reviewed on a space-available basis and will not be eligible for merit aid consideration.

  • Required application materials
      • Completed online application  
      • $45 application fee 
      • A resume describing your employment history, academic honors, scholastic recognition, publications, leadership roles and/or other academic, professional and community activities. 
      • A personal statement, written entirely by you with no outside assistance, detailing why you wish to study for the degree you have chosen. Describe any personal experiences or achievements related to the selected degree program, your career goals, why you chose the Newhouse School and how you expect your chosen degree program to aid you in achieving those goals (approximately 500 words). 
      • If you are also applying for the Sports Communications Emphasis, please use the personal statement to elaborate on why you wish to be considered.
      • Transcripts from any post-secondary institution in which you earned or will earn a degree. 
      • Official General GRE scores for applicants to public diplomacy, media studies, communications management or the doctoral program. Our institution code is 2823.
      • The GRE is optional for advertising, arts journalism, audio arts, broadcast and digital journalism, magazine, newspaper and online journalism, media and education, multimedia, photography and design, new media management, public relations and television, radio and film applicants.
      • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score for international applicants.
      • Three letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from an academic reference.
      • Online video interview submitted via Kira Talent. You will receive an invitation link a few days after you submit your application. Each interview includes 4-6 questions and could be a combination of video questions/answers and written questions/answers. You will have a chance to answer practice questions but the actual interview questions will not be available until you begin the interview. No prior preparation is necessary.
  • Additional application materials: Public Diplomacy
    • In your statement, please describe any personal and professional experiences or achievements related to your interest in the public diplomacy joint degree program, your motivation for applying to this program as it relates to your specific career goals, and how you expect this joint degree to aid you in achieving those goals.

  • Additional application materials: Arts Journalism
    • You must submit three examples of writing (written entirely by you with no outside assistance) about arts or culture (e.g., architecture, design, film, music, popular culture, television, fashion, theater, dance, visual arts). The examples may be short, may be published or unpublished and may take any of the following forms: reportage, critical review, analysis, response paper, essay, memoir, profile or news article. The samples should demonstrate your knowledge of the subject matter and your writing ability. Also, please indicate your primary discipline concentration at the top of your personal essay alongside your name.

  • Additional application materials: Broadcast and Digital Journalism
    • Candidates should submit at least two samples of their writing.  News or sports stories written for broadcast, online or print media are preferred, but academic writing samples are also welcome.

  • Additional application materials: Multimedia, Photography and Design
    • A portfolio is required. Please provide the URL for your online portfolio or submit a DVD with 10-20 images in Photoshop (PSD) or JPEG format, 10 inches at 72 dpi. Many of our students also pursue development in multimedia/cinematography. If you have work in this area for us to see, please also send that URL or include the videos on your portfolio DVD. Please send the URLs to your portfolio and any video/multimedia/cinematography to: brstrong@syr.edu. If you choose to submit a DVD portfolio please send it directly to the Visual Communications department as indicated below.

      Professor Bruce Strong
      S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
      Syracuse University
      215 University Place
      Syracuse NY 13244-2100

  • Additional application materials: Television, Radio and Film
  • Submitting to more than one program
    • Applicants to more than one program at Newhouse or Syracuse University must submit two separate application forms, pay two application fees and provide two distinct personal statements. Other materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, can be duplicated. Students may not complete more than one Newhouse master's program at the same time. If you are admitted to more than one Newhouse program, you must choose only one to pursue during your graduate year or years. You do, however, have the option of pursuing dual or joint master's degrees from Newhouse and another SU school, college or program.

  • Students currently enrolled in another Syracuse University graduate program
    • Students currently enrolled in a graduate program at Syracuse must fill out a Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application instead of the regular application. This form must be signed by your current department chair and submitted directly to the Graduate Records Office, 330 Newhouse 2. In addition, you must submit a personal statement, resume, GRE scores (if required), two letters of recommendation (at least one from a faculty member in your current program) and copies of transcripts from your original application to SU. The application deadline is the same for internal applicants, but an application fee is not required.

  • Where to send application materials
    • Via US Postal Service:

      Enrollment Management Processing Center
      Syracuse University
      Graduate Admissions Processing
      P.O. Box 35060
      Syracuse New York 13235-5060

      Via package delivery company (UPS, FedEx, DHL):

      Enrollment Management Processing Center
      Syracuse University
      Graduate Admissions Processing
      716 East Washington Street, Suite 200
      Syracuse New York 13202

Certificate Programs

  • Media and Education
    • Required materials:

      Résumé

      Submit a résumé that details your experiences to date. Note that there is no requirement for media experience; our only requirement is a teacher with curiosity about media.

      Transcript
      Submit a transcript of your education to date. A bachelor's degree or above is required.

      Personal Statement
      Submit a short personal statement (1-2 pages) outlining your overall goals as an educator and how you feel this program would support those goals.

      Application deadline is Feb. 15.

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      Applications must be subitted online. If your application includes supplemental support material, please use the following addresses:

      Via US Postal Service:
      Enrollment Management Processing Center
      Syracuse University
      Graduate Admissions Processing
      P.O. Box 35060
      Syracuse New York 13235-5060

      Via package delivery company (UPS, FedEx, DHL):
      Enrollment Management Processing Center
      Syracuse University
      Graduate Admissions Processing
      716 East Washington Street, Suite 200
      Syracuse New York 13202

Communications@Syracuse online master's degree

Doctoral Program

  • Deadline
    • The Ph.D. program application deadline is Dec. 1.  Apply online.

  • Required application materials
    • Required application materials:

      • Completed online application.  
      • $45 application fee.
      • A resume/CV.
      • A personal statement, written entirely by you with no outside assistance, detailing why you wish to study for the degree you have chosen. Describe any personal experiences or achievements related to the selected degree program, your career goals, why you chose the Newhouse School and how you expect your chosen degree program to aid you in achieving those goals (approximately 500 words). 
      • Transcripts from any post-secondary institution in which you earned or will earn a degree.
      • Official General GRE scores. Our institution code is 2823.
      • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score for international applicants .
      • Three letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from an academic reference.
      • A writing sample, which can be from previous coursework or from professional work. 
  • Where to send application materials
    • Via US Postal Service:

      Enrollment Management Processing Center
      Syracuse University
      Graduate Admissions Processing
      P.O. Box 35060
      Syracuse New York 13235-5060

      Via package delivery company (UPS, FedEx, DHL):

      Enrollment Management Processing Center
      Syracuse University
      Graduate Admissions Processing
      716 East Washington Street, Suite 200
      Syracuse New York 13202

International students

We welcome international students to come study at the Newhouse School. Many of our international students arrive here with communications experience gained through classes or jobs in their home countries. At Newhouse, you'll learn the American approach to your chosen profession. Our international student policies are clearly outlined so you will fully understand what to expect and how to succeed while you are here.

  • Post-secondary education requirements
    • An applicant to a graduate program at Syracuse University must provide official documentation of having earned at least a U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent from another country before enrolling. Some programs require a master's degree, which must be officially documented before enrollment as well. International applicants must have graduated from colleges or universities that are recognized by the national educational authorities of their home countries.

      Find specific guidelines for equivalents to the U.S. bachelor's degree on the Syracuse University International Students page. 

  • English language score requirement
    • Applicants from countries other than Canada, Australia, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom must submit a score from an approved English language test. Applicants who have studied for at least one year in a higher education institution in one of those countries or the United States are exempt from this requirement.

      Most students take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 100 (iBT) is required for admission; the average TOEFL score for admitted international students is 106 (iBT). We also accept scores from theInternational English Language Testing System (IELTS) in place of the TOEFL, with a required minimum score of 7.0. Because our graduate programs require so much writing—much of it under deadline pressure—we have found that students who cannot meet these minimum requirements are not able to successfully complete graduate studies at the Newhouse School. If you do not meet minimum required scores, we recommend that you not apply for admission.

      Our institution code is 2823. We do not use department codes. Scores must be officially reported to Syracuse University by the application deadline.

      If you would like to gain additional English language skills prior to enrolling in a program at Newhouse, Syracuse University's English Language Institute can help. The institute specializes in helping international students improve their written and spoken English language skills in order to be successful in U.S. graduate classes. Six-week and full semester programs are offered; they cannot be completed concurrently with a Newhouse graduate program. 

  • Finances
    • Syracuse University requires admitted international students to provide proof of sufficient financial support to cover the costs of their program of study. Sufficient funding for at least the first year of graduate study, less any scholarship support, is required for authorization of a student visa. The total amounts necessary are listed on the Graduate School site. Additional information about these requirements is available in the online application.You can also view estimated costs of attendance on our Tuition and Fees page

      Student visas will not be issued until financial documentation has been received and reviewed, so please provide the requested support documentation when you file your application for admission. This will not hurt your chances of receiving merit-based financial aid. Please note that the majority of our aid awards offer only partial funding.

  • Practical training
    • As an international student, you may take a non-paid internship (either for credit or simply for the experience) once you are enrolled in a Newhouse program. Paid internships are not permitted until you have been a U.S. resident for at least nine months. After completion of your degree, you may apply for continued practical training in the United States for one year past your degree completion date. Contact Syracuse University's Slutzker Center for International Services for more information.