Advance Your Career with an Online Master's in
Communications from Syracuse University

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

As a pioneer in communications education, the Newhouse School has been proudly helping to drive the evolution of media around the world since 1934. Today, Communications@Syracuse extends Newhouse’s reach online, preparing media professionals to succeed in the modern mass media and digital communications environment.

Explore Our Three Specializations

Students of Syracuse University’s online master’s in communications will each take 18 core course credits to build a foundation in communications theory and practice. They can then select one of three nine-credit specializations to align their studies with their area of interest.

Public Relations

Study public relations management, campaign planning and execution. Create well-crafted communications to promote an organization’s message. Build the skills to pursue positions in corporate and nonprofit environments.

Courses include:

  • Public Relations Theory
  • Public Relations Management
  • Public Relations Campaign Planning and Execution

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Strategize, manage and create successful advertising campaigns for all types of media. Develop the expertise for careers in advertising agencies, strategic marketing companies or corporate marketing departments.

Courses include:

  • Strategic Principles and Practices
  • Communications Planning
  • Digital Branding and Strategy

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Journalism Innovation

Explore the digital innovations that are changing the nature of how journalists deliver and readers consume news. Gain skills in data analysis, newsgathering, editing and information visualization for social and digital media.

Courses include:

  • Web and Mobile Story Production
  • Data-Driven Journalism
  • Emerging Media Platforms

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The field of communications is always evolving, shifting and changing with technological innovation. With a strong focus on current and emerging digital trends, Communications@Syracuse will prepare you with skills to succeed in today's global media landscape.

Next Application Deadline
May 9, 2019


What Can You Do with a Master’s in Communications?


Advance Your Career in PR, Advertising, or Journalism

With courses in multimedia storytelling, media law and social media for public communicators, Newhouse equips students with the skills they’ll need to succeed in today’s fast-paced, tech-focused media industry. As Newhouse graduates, students join The Newhouse Network, an alumni network of 26,000 professionals — ranging from marketing managers, to editors, to senior producers — working at some of the top companies in the world.

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“I was stationed in Belgium with the U.S. Air Force when I enrolled — so had Communications@Syracuse not been so willing to host an online program in the immersive way that they did, I wouldn’t have a degree now, wouldn’t have been accepted into my next master’s, and likely wouldn’t have my current job.”

Adam Harder, December 2016 cohort, Journalism Innovation


The Newhouse Student Experience


Live Classes and Immersive Coursework

Our online communications degree is designed to match the rigor of the on-campus program while allowing students to complete their studies on the go. Classes are delivered through live, face-to-face video conferences, and coursework is available 24/7 from any connected device. Classes are capped at 15 students to promote active discussion and close engagement between peers and faculty.

A Highly Engaged Faculty

Newhouse faculty are mentors, teachers and scholars who bring their experiences at top organizations to the classroom.


Amy Falkner


Amy Falkner, who teaches advertising, is a graduate of the Newhouse School. Amy has been the lead researcher for the 2001 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census, a fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and a two-time winner of the Newhouse Teaching Excellence Award.


Bill Jasso

Public Relations

Bill Jasso, who teaches public relations, served as vice president of communications at Time Warner Cable, where he directed the company’s launch of and media relations for its Road Runner High Speed Online product.

Hands-On Immersions

As part of our online program, students will participate in two visits: one to the Newhouse School on the Syracuse University campus and one to a location selected for each cohort. During these visits, they will meet classmates and professors in person, explore innovative new ideas relevant to the communications industry and learn from academic experts and industry leaders. Students will also engage in hands-on experiences to enhance their coursework and have the opportunity to network with alumni and professionals in their industry.

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Take the first step toward advancing your career. Request more information about Communications@Syracuse to get started.