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

No GRE or GMAT scores are required to apply

Since 1870, Syracuse University has been working to reimagine what’s possible—in education and in the world. With roots dating back 100 years, we established the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, which has been proudly helping to drive the evolution of media since 1971.Today, our online master’s in communications extends Newhouse’s reach, preparing a diverse network of communications professionals to develop cutting-edge ideas and play a role in shaping their industry’s future.

50%of students reported raises within 12 months of completing the program.1

Why Choose Our Online Master's in Communications?

The Newhouse Advantage

At Newhouse, we don’t believe in doing things the way they’ve always been done.

The way we communicate is evolving all the time, and every breakthrough changes the way we deliver and consume news, advertising and content. That means communications education needs to evolve, too.

Our online Master of Science in Communications program incorporates today’s trends and technologies to enhance age-old media traditions and create new, innovative solutions and opportunities.

Upon graduation, you’ll join Newhouse’s more than 26,000-person alumni network, which includes some of the most powerful and successful communications professionals in the world.


Newhouse is accredited by The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), a nonprofit educational association whose mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education.

“Newhouse’s reputation as a leading school of communications attracted me to the program. … Honestly, if I hadn’t been accepted to Syracuse, I probably wouldn’t have gotten my master’s, because I wanted to go to the best communications program.”

Katiuska Fernandez
Producer, Hulu, 2017 Latinos 30 Under 30 Recipient

A 21st-Century Communications Curriculum

Our online master’s program includes 5 core courses to equip you with a foundation in digital communications practices. You can then select one of three specializations to align your studies with your area of interest.

To finish the program, you will attend two in-person immersions and complete the capstone, an independent project focused on digital communications innovation.


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An Online Master’s You Can Complete in as Few as 15 Months

To succeed in the field of communications today, you need to know more than just how to work in a digital environment. You need to be digitally fluent. That means knowing how to leverage digital capabilities to enhance your message, communicate effectively across mediums and craft content that resonates with your target audience.

Our coursework—and our online platform—will equip you with that digital fluency.

Core Courses

Core courses cover a wide range of foundational communications topics.

Introduction to Digital Communications: Evaluate the use and impact of digital communication technologies on culture, governance, ethics and diversity.

Multimedia Storytelling: Write, design and produce short stories using digital media and the Internet.

Social Media for Public Communicators: Learn to use digital and social media platforms strategically.

Media Law: Study topics like libel, privacy, fair trial, press and obscenity.

Digital Communications Systems: Study data, social media and asset management tools—and how to use them to solve communications challenges.

Explore our curriculum further.

Three Areas of Specialization

Elective courses allow students to specialize in a variety of media disciplines that align with their career goals.

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
  • Advertising and Public Relations Research Design


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
  • Advertising and Public Relations Research Design

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
  • Applied Media Research

Be a Leader Who Drives Innovation

The field of communications is evolving. Equip yourself to play a role in its future with an online Master of Science in Communications from Newhouse.

Admissions and Application Requirements

Newhouse requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to apply. Beyond that, we want students with diverse and wide-ranging experiences. For that reason, GRE/GMAT scores are optional for our online master’s in communications program. If you feel that your scores add to your application, please include them.

You must also submit:

  • an online application and fee ($75),
  • your resume and a 500-word personal statement,
  • transcripts from all institutions attended,
  • three letters of recommendation, and
  • an online video interview.

The Student Experience

Our online communications program is designed to match the rigor of the on-campus program while allowing you to complete your studies on the go. Our class schedule is flexible and convenient for the working professional, and our online platform allows you to log on from anywhere.

Live Online Classes and Immersive Coursework

We know that engagement—with your peers, faculty and the course material—is crucial to earning a quality education. That’s why our classes are hosted on Zoom, a platform that brings you face-to-face with your professors and peers in real time through HD-streaming video.

The platform also offers a host of learning engagement tools such as document and video sharing, polling functionality, and small-group breakout sessions. Our coursework includes interactive components like video case studies and Q&A sessions, and is available at any time from any device—including mobile.

Read more about the online format.

In-Person Immersions

Our program is delivered entirely online except for two in-person immersions. These weekend-long excursions—which take place on the Syracuse campus and in select domestic and international cities—give you the opportunity to develop hands-on skills and meet peers, faculty and industry leaders in person.

Past immersion speakers have included BuzzFeed’s vice president of agency strategy, an NBC Promotions and Partnerships representative, and Time Inc.’s director of creative strategy. In January 2019, students traveled to Costa Rica to participate in a sustainability-themed immersion

Explore the immersion experience.

WeWork Global Access Membership

Upon enrollment, you’ll receive a free WeWork membership so you always have a quiet place to attend class, study, complete coursework or work with classmates, no matter where you are. Each WeWork office includes work stations, Wi-Fi, power outlets, printing and copying, lounges and kitchens, private phone booths, refreshments, and on-site support staff.

You are also welcome at all WeWork meetups, events and workspaces available through the WeWork app or web site.

World-Class Faculty

Newhouse School faculty are renowned experts in their fields. Our professors are published authors, former journalists and social media gurus who bring their rich and wide-ranging expertise to the classroom.

Faculty will work alongside you throughout the program to ensure you receive the academic attention and career guidance you need.

Meet our faculty.

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

Earning a master’s degree in communications prepares you for a broad range of communications careers—and with a degree from Newhouse, you will stand out in your industry.

Upon graduation, you’ll gain access to The Newhouse Network, an online alumni database containing more than 5,800 contacts in the communications industry that you can tap into for job leads, career advice, new hires or just fresh ideas—long after graduation.

What positions can Newhouse graduates pursue?

  • Account Executive
  • Advertising Operations Manager
  • Assistant Editor
  • Content Editor
  • Director of Digital Media
  • Product Designer
  • Production Assistant
  • Social Brand Manager

Explore your career options further.

Per the Graduate Student Employment Statistics Brochure from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Ready to Drive the Future With an Online Master’s in Communications?

Request information today. An admissions counselor will reach out to you after you complete the form.

1 The self-reported information is from a survey with 102 respondents who have graduated from the online M.S. in Communications program since 2015. Fifty percent reported that they received an increase in compensation three, six or 12 months after graduation. Return to footnote reference