Dennis Kinsey, Director of Doctoral Studies
454 Newhouse 3, 315-443-3372, firstname.lastname@example.org
See Faculty listing for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
The Ph.D. in mass communications in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is rooted in the social and behavioral sciences and is an interdisciplinary degree, with doctoral students taking classes outside the Newhouse School and developing at least one outside area of expertise. Students may draw on an extensive variety of faculty in other schools at Syracuse University.
Students can specialize in the functions and social effects of print and electronic media or focus on media-related institutions in society. Among the topics they 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.
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 (e.g., 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. Doctoral students entering the program with master’s degrees should be able to complete the program in three years.