Doctoral Program

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Our three-year mass communications Ph.D. program allows you to focus on excellence in  teaching while pursuing your unique research goals. You will be able to dig deeper into mass communications issues and produce work that will enrich your academic scholarship as well as your students' classroom experiences.

You will also be active in Syracuse University's Future Professoriate Program, which offers many avenues of support for students planning on teaching, including: 

How to apply

The Ph.D. program application deadline is Dec. 1, 2016.  The application can be found through the Syracuse University online application page here. 

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 (GMAT scores can be substituted for applications to the New Media Management program). 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. 

Any application support materials should be sent to:

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

If you are sending materials using a package delivery company (i.e., FedEx, UPS, DHL), please use this address:

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

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