Estimate your costs and explore your options for financial aid.

Tuition and Fees

Syracuse University graduate students pay tuition per credit hour. Information about current graduate tuition rates is available from the Syracuse University Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Programs.

Tuition increases every May, but most of our master’s students are locked into the current rate for one calendar year, so this rate will be in effect until August. (Exceptions are audio arts, media studies, public diplomacy and global communications and the online master’s degrees.) If a student registers for courses beyond the following August, they will pay the new rate, which is estimated to increase about 4%.

Newhouse program fees will only be charged once, in the fall semester.

Need more information? View our cost breakdown spreadsheet.

Online master’s program tuition

Tuition for online master’s degree programs is charged on a per-credit basis, with students completing 33 credits. For more information, see tuition and financial aid for our online program.

Financial Aid

Various scholarships, fellowships and instructional associate positions are awarded to incoming Newhouse students to help offset the cost of attendance. Since Newhouse does have limited funding to offer, the majority of these awards are partial and only applicable for the academic year (excluding the summer sessions). It is also a competitive process, and all awards are merit-based.

In addition, U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for need-based loans issued by the government and facilitated through Syracuse University’s Financial Aid Office. Most students can fulfill their calculated financial aid need through these loan programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

Merit-based awards

Approximately 75% of our students receive some form of merit-based aid. With the exception of a few named fellowships, these awards cover partial tuition. No student will be offered more than one award. Most awards are tuition-specific, for the academic year, split evenly between the fall and spring semesters. You must have a complete application by Jan. 15 to be considered for merit-based aid. You must answer “yes” on the application form to be considered for scholarships, fellowships and instructional associate positions. Most decisions will be made by April 1. Please read descriptions below of the types of aid available.

Newhouse Foundation Fellowship/Internship for Minorities

Established in 1993, these awards are given annually to two minority students who wish to enroll in the magazine, news and digital journalism program and pursue a newspaper career. Only students who have majored in subjects other than journalism at the undergraduate level are eligible. Funded by the Newhouse Foundation, each award provides free tuition and a $1,400 a month stipend for 18 months of study (during which time the student also works as a reporting and editing intern at Advance Media New York).

Goldring scholarships

Thanks to a generous gift from arts patron and Syracuse University trustee Lola Goldring and her husband Allen, the Goldring arts journalism and communications program offers special financial aid for highly qualified students to help defray the cost of the degree.

Dean’s multicultural scholarships

Established in 2003, these $15,000 awards are designated for outstanding applicants who demonstrate financial need, have a background and/or interest in multicultural communications, and demonstrate a career interest related to multicultural communications. Such background interest might be indicated by undergraduate study abroad, an undergraduate major in a foreign language, and/or communications work experience in a non-U.S. setting.

Dean’s scholarships

These scholarships support graduate education for students with superior qualifications. Academic departments recommend students to receive these scholarships. These are one-time, dollar awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

Instructional associates

Newhouse has a number of instructional associates (IAs) who spend from 5 to 20 hours per week helping faculty members with classes or labs during the academic year. As an IA, you will be paid approximately $20 an hour and also receive tuition scholarships (usually 7.5 credits per semester, depending on the position). Some positions are just for one semester and others are for the academic year; it depends on what courses are being taught for a particular semester. IAs assist with classes by leading discussion sessions, helping with grading and meeting with students during office hours. Some also work in our labs, helping undergraduate students with specialized software or equipment.If you are selected for an IA position, you must attend a mandatory IA training session. This program usually occurs the week before fall semester classes. Many positions are offered in March and April to newly admitted applicants, however, any unfilled positions are advertised to all enrolled master’s students in July for the fall/academic year and again in November for the spring.

Research assistants/administrative assistants

Each semester faculty are asked if they would like to hire graduate students to help with research and creative projects. A memo is sent to all students inviting them to apply for specific positions at the beginning of the fall semester and again at the beginning of the spring semester. If you are a research or administrative assistant, you will work from 5-20 hours a week at a rate of $17 an hour.

Other administrative offices and research centers within Newhouse also hire graduate assistants to work from 10-20 hours a week at a rate of $17 an hour. Some of these positions also offer tuition scholarships (usually 7.5 credits per semester). These positions are advertised during the summer to all enrolled students.
Positions may also be available in other offices around campus; many of those openings are advertised on Handshake.

Please contact for any questions about merit aid awards.

Need-based awards

Besides our merit based awards, the only additional assistance coordinated by the University is in the form of federal loans. All need-based aid is administered centrally by the University’s Office of Financial Aid, which does not award grants or other scholarships to graduate students.

To apply for federal loans, graduate applicants who are U.S. citizens must first file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), offered through the U.S. Department of Education. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after January 1 for summer applicants. Applicants should not wait for an admission decision before filing.

Also, both the current year’s FAFSA as well as the next year’s FAFSA should be completed if you plan to begin your studies in the summer. Admitted and matriculated students whose FAFSA information has been received by the University’s Financial Aid Office will be notified via email after the end of February. Usually the forms are not received from the U. S. Department of Education until early March.

Most graduate students are eligible for Federal Stafford Loans, for up to $10,250 per semester and for each summer. There are also Graduate PLUS Loans for which there is no maximum loan limit (annually or lifetime). Eligibility is calculated by the cost of attendance minus other financial aid and a basic credit check must be passed. Unfortunately, there are not specific need-based programs for non-U.S. citizens. Many of our international students negotiate loans in their home countries to help pay for their program costs. As noted in other sections, international students will be required to provide proof of adequate financial resources in order to obtain the necessary forms for a student visa. 

You may contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at 315-443-1513 or with questions about need-based aid. Since the Financial Aid office serves all of Syracuse University, please be sure to identify yourself as an incoming Newhouse graduate student.

Forever Orange Scholarship

Specifically for Syracuse University students, the Forever Orange Scholarship provides half of the tuition for students who enroll full-time in a qualifying graduate degree or certificate program at Syracuse University. The scholarship is automatically available to all graduating Syracuse University seniors who are eligible for admission—no separate scholarship application is needed.

The scholarship applies to all on-campus master’s programs at Newhouse. However, the scholarship cannot be combined with any other program-granted graduate funding awards, such as assistantships, fellowships or other scholarships, nor can it be deferred to future terms.

External Funding Sources

External scholarships related to journalism and communications

Additional scholarships for minority students

Fellowships related to journalism and communications