Careers

Most graduates of the Ph.D. program enter mass communications faculty positions in colleges and universities around the world, while others pursue careers in the communications industry.

Students are active in the Syracuse University Future Professoriate Program, which provides superior training and mentoring in college level teaching.

Curriculum

Newhouse doctoral students take classes outside the Newhouse School and develop at least one outside area of expertise. You may draw on an extensive variety of faculty in other schools at Syracuse University.

Specialized study

You can specialize in the functions and social effects of print and electronic media or focus on media-related institutions in society. Among the topics you might consider are: influences on media content, media influence on social behavior, new communications technologies, advertising influences on consumer behavior, public relations, media law and ethics, diversity and the media, science communication and political communication.

Areas of study

Coursework includes four areas of study: mass communication theory, research methods and statistics, courses related to the dissertation and a substantive area outside the Newhouse School (for example, sociology, psychology, political science, information studies).

Doctoral students complete at least 90 semester credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. Of the 90 credits, 18 credits count toward the dissertation. Of the 90 credits, at least 36 classroom credits must be earned in residence at Syracuse University. If you are entering the program with a master’s degree, you should be able to complete the program in three years.

Applicants with master’s degrees will be given preference for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Faculty

Ph.D. faculty have diverse research interests, including media and diversity; international communications; health communication; and popular television.

Featured Alumni

Most graduates of the Ph.D. program enter mass communications faculty positions in colleges and universities around the world, while others pursue careers in the communications industry.

Doctoral

Research what interests you.

The Newhouse School’s doctoral program is interdisciplinary in spirit, with students taking a considerable amount of coursework in academic areas outside the Newhouse School. While certain Newhouse courses are required, the program is sufficiently flexible to provide students with opportunities to pursue their own scholarly interests.

You will be actively engaged in research incorporating a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, and encouraged to present your work at national and international conferences. You will also be active in Syracuse University’s Future Professoriate Program, which provides superior training and mentoring in college level teaching.

Mass Communications

Our fully-funded, interdisciplinary doctoral program will prepare you for a rewarding career researching and teaching communications.

In Newhouse’s Ph.D. program, you will find a stimulating intellectual environment where you may explore and specialize in a variety of topics, including media ethics and diversity; media sociology; new media; political communication; popular television; public relations; or social effects.

The doctoral program is designed to be completed in three years, with two years of coursework followed by qualifying exams and the dissertation.