Doctoral students take courses both inside and outside the Newhouse School and develop an area of expertise while working with faculty from across 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. Topics you might consider include 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).

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

Future Professoriate Program

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

Ph.D. in Mass Communications

Research (9 credits)

COM 601Research Project Design
COM 605Quantitative Methods for Mass Communications
COM 606Qualitative Methods for Mass Communications Research

Theory (9 credits)

COM 755Communications Theory
COM 788Advanced Theories in Media Content
Newhouse Theory Course

Advanced Methods Course (3 credits)

Newhouse Advanced Methods Course

Statistics Courses (6 credits)

Choose two statistics courses

Core Specialization Electives (15 credits)

Choose five additional Newhouse and/or outside Newhouse courses. Courses are chosen with your advisor.

PhD Program: 42

Dissertation (18 credits)

Students choose a dissertation topic with the guidance of their faculty advisor.

Total for Program: 60