Applying to the Doctoral Program at Newhouse

All the information you need to apply to our doctoral program.

The deadline to apply for the Ph.D. in mass communications is December 1

Applications for the Ph.D. program are only accepted for the fall term which begins in August.

Current Syracuse University students should apply to the program using the Graduate Program Application. As of Fall 2021, there is no longer a separate internal application process.

Our program is currently not available in online or part-time formats.

If you apply to the Newhouse School’s Ph.D., you should be prepared to dedicate at least three years of full-time and on-campus study to concentrate on your program.

Please note, admission to the doctoral program in one year cannot be deferred to the following year. The individual must reapply for the year in which the applicant next wishes to be considered, although many of the same materials (e.g., GRE scores) may be reused.

Admissions decisions are made by a committee

Individual faculty do not make admissions decisions and cannot guarantee admission decisions for any applicant. All applicants for the Ph.D. are carefully evaluated on all of their application materials by the Doctoral Committee for their:

You must find at least two research faculty members whose research interests align with your own to be seriously considered for the Newhouse School’s Ph.D. program

We have several online resources that can help you find a research fit at the Newhouse School:

We fund all admitted students

This puts a premium on providing us evidence of your interests and experiences with research and is also why the entrance to the Newhouse School Ph.D. program is selective.

After the application deadline, the doctoral committee, composed of several faculty members and current students, will go through all applications, conduct interviews (usually via Zoom), and make final decisions.

Once a student is admitted, a faculty advisor will be assigned to the student to guide her, his, or their first year of study in the program.

Statement of Research Interests (1500-word limit)

Your statement of research interests must provide the following information in up to 1500 words:

Three (3) letters of recommendation

All three letters of recommendation should be provided by individuals who can comment on your research skills and preparation.


Writing Sample

Your writing sample can be a publication of any kind: working papers, project reports, a chapter of your thesis, even course term papers. The sample should show your conceptualization ability, communication skills, and presentation skills. All writing samples must be solo-authored.

Kira Video

As part of our holistic admissions process, all applicants must answer four video questions via our Kira platform. The process is simple. Each applicant will be given a question as a prompt and they will have 90 seconds up to two minutes to respond. These videos build upon our holistic admissions process.