New Students

Welcome to the Newhouse School! If you will be studying on campus, the information on this page will help you begin planning for your arrival.

Welcome to Newhouse! Please read through all the topics below.

New Student Checklist

Curriculum Information

Below are links to PDF documents of the most recent programs of study for each of the programs as well as links to the online Course Catalog, which includes descriptions of the courses. Please note that in some cases the newly revised curricula are still awaiting approval from New York state and cannot be posted until that occurs. 

Note: The following curricula are from the 2022 academic year, and are for reference only. Curriculum information may change for your enrollment. Updated curriculum information will be available in March 2023.

Advertising [PDF] [Course Catalog]
Goldring Arts Journalism and Communications [PDF]  [Course Catalog]
Audio Arts [PDF] [Course Catalog]
Broadcast and Digital Journalism [PDF] [Course Catalog]
Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Sports Media & Communications Track [PDF]
Communications Master’s Degree Program [Online][PDF]
Communications Management [Online] [PDF]
Magazine, Newspaper and Digital Journalism [PDF] [Course Catalog]
Magazine, Newspaper and Digital Journalism Sports Media & Communications Track [PDF] [Course Catalog]
Media Studies Academic Track [PDF] [Course Catalog]
Media Studies Professional Track [PDF]
Multimedia, Photography and Design [PDF] [Course Catalog]
New Media Management [PDF] [Course Catalog]
Public Diplomacy and Global Communications [PDF] [Course Catalog]
Public Relations [PDF] [Course Catalog]
Public Relations, Sports Media & Communications Track [PDF]
Television, Radio and Film [PDF] [Course Catalog]
Television, Radio and Film, Sports Media & Communications Track [PDF]

(If you cannot open or download these PDFs, please email

Academic Calendar

Summer session for professional master’s students begins on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, and ends on Aug. 11. Orientation session information will be shared once available. Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 28, 2023.

Get more details on the Syracuse University Academic Calendar>>

Activate Your NetID

Your Syracuse University NetID will give you access to the University’s email, financial aid and registration system. It is essential that you activate and check your email account regularly, as it will be the primary communication source for class, program and school information before and after you arrive on campus. Your SUID is printed on your admit letter and Intent to Register form.

You can access your email via SUMail. Your personal records, including grades and financial aid information, is available on MySlice.

Apply for Financial Aid

Need-based aid is administered through the University’s Office of Financial Aid, which facilitates the disbursement of government loan funds, the only form of need-based aid available to graduate students. In order to be considered for federal aid you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If your program begins in the summer, you must file for both 2022-23 and 2023-24. You should also check your Financial Aid To-Do List on MySlice in order to apply for summer financial aid. The curriculum sheets above indicate how many credits you will take each term.

Course Registration

Summer registration will begin in early June and instructions will be sent via email. Fall registration will begin on Aug. 1.


There are ample housing options in Syracuse, with many within walking distance to SU. Utilize the SU Off-Campus Housing Finder or apply for on-campus housing through MySlice.

Health Records and Insurance

You must complete your health history and immunization forms through the SU Health Services Patient Portal by July 1. Completion of this may require a physical or immunizations. Vaccination against COVID-19 is required of all students.

Health and wellness services are provided for students by the Syracuse University Barnes Center at the Arch through payment of mandatory health fees.

Health insurance is also required of all graduate students, to cover expenses not included in the health fee and medical treatment outside of the Health Center, such as emergency room care, hospitalization, eye care and dental services.

Degree-bearing Transcript

If you have not already, you must submit an official transcript from your undergraduate institution which must bear the appropriate signatures and seal of the institution that issued it and must be received by Syracuse University in a sealed envelope directly from that institution or submitted electronically through a transcript service.

After completion of the first semester of graduate study, the Graduate School may prohibit further registration for any student who has not met this requirement. The hold on registration will only be released when this requirement has been met. If you are a domestic student, in accordance with federal Title IV regulations, financial aid will be disbursed to the student account when all financial aid and admission requirements are met, including receipt of official degree bearing transcripts. Please refer to the Graduate Admission Transcript requirement page for submission information.

For students who start in the summer, the deadline to submit these documents is July 15. If we do not receive your degree-bearing transcript by July 15, we will place a hold on your student record, preventing your registration for future terms. Please notify us immediately if it will not be available by July 15. We can grant short extensions due to certain extenuating circumstances. However, the University must uphold the above policy on federal aid.

If you are starting your program in the fall, you must submit your transcript by Sept. 15.

Communications Law Waiver Request Form

If you took a communications law course previously, you may be able to waive this master’s program requirement and take another course in its place. You must complete this online form by July 15 if you plan to request a waiver (or much earlier if it is one of your required summer classes). Complete the form and be sure to upload the course description and syllabus. We cannot consider forms without these attachments (unless it was a Newhouse course). Please direct questions to


The SUID is an identity tool and is used to access a variety of campus services. Prior to June 15, you should follow these photo submission instructions (click on New Graduate Students.)

Employment Verification

If you have been awarded an instructional associate position, you are required to complete the I-9 employment verification process prior to beginning any paid work at the University. Please be sure to bring the necessary documents with you to Syracuse.

Campus Resources


Campus maps
Paper copies of maps are available to pick up from the Graduate Programs Office.

Newhouse Study Locations

These locations throughout the three Newhouse buildings are designated for use to attend online classes and/or study.

Newhouse 1:
1st Floor: Five individual carrels located in hallway outside side entrance to Room 102
3rd Floor: Chairs and benches on the bridge that connects Newhouse 1 to Newhouse 2

Newhouse 2:
1st Floor: Seating group in Dick Clark lobby
2nd Floor: Lobby seating outside Sports Media Center Gallery; benches in hallway; seating group in elevator lobby; seating group in The Chicago Room, room 276
3rd Floor: Seating group near the entrance to the bridge that connects to Newhouse 1
4th Floor: Individual edit suites inside room 472 (walk-in, first-come first-served); seating group in hallway connecting to Newhouse 3

Newhouse 3:
1st Floor: seating group in lobby
2nd Floor: various seating throughout
3rd Floor: Student Lounge, room 310 (10 seats); Study Room, room 311; Study Room, room 312; Hallway seating groups; Student “Waiting Room” for Advising & CDC, room 327;
4th Floor: Edelman Family Library, room 425 and Hallway seating groups (several distinct groupings throughout the floor)


Free shuttles are available to Manley Field House, South Campus, downtown via Connective Corridor, and Tops Supermarket. ‘Cuse Trolleys make loops around campus.

Some Centro bus routes near campus include a free fare zone for those who show an SU ID. Otherwise bus fare is $2 per trip.

Twenty Zipcars are also located in various lots on campus.

More about transportation>>

How to Find Support

Advising Office
Questions about registration or your academic record should be emailed to

Office of Graduate Programs
Questions about merit aid awards should be emailed to If you need to make an appointment with Associate Dean Kaplan, email him directly at
Go to your department program coordinator or department chair if you need academic advising or assistance gaining permission for a course.

If you need to request enrollment verification, request a transcript, or change your name.

All billing inquiries should be directed here.

Financial Aid
Contact this office with any questions related to your student loans. 

Information and Technology Services (ITS)
If you have issues with your NetID, your email account, or campus software.

Center for International Services
This is the place to direct I-20, visa, or CPT/OPT concerns.

Accessibility and Diversity at Syracuse University
This list includes disability resources, multicultural affairs, LGBT resource center, and religious groups.

Services and Support at Syracuse University
This list includes health and wellness, counseling services, and safety and security.

Student Organizations

Social Media Directory – Sort by S.I. Newhouse or scroll through the entire list. Suggested follows include SU Campus News and Events, Department of Public Safety, and The Daily Orange.