NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

In Newhouse's Ph.D. program at Syracuse University, you will find a stimulating intellectual environment where you may explore and specialize in a variety of topics, including media ethics and diversity; media sociology; new media; political communication; popular television; public relations; or social effects. The doctoral program is designed to be completed in three years, with two years of coursework, followed by qualifying exams and the dissertation.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 42


Areas of Study

  • Media Ethics & Diversity
  • Media Sociology
  • New Media
  • Political Communication
  • Popular Television
  • Public Relations
  • Social Effects


QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies 

  • #51-100 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #160 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements 

  • In addition to the application, please include a personal statement, a curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, transcripts from all previous institutions and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Students whose native language is not English must also include Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Frank Biocca, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Fiona Chew, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Associate Professor Makana Chock, Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Associate Professor Brad Gorham, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Leanne Hirshfield, Ph.D., Tufts University
  • Professor Dennis Kinsey, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Professor Carol Liebler, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Michael Schoonmaker, Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Professor Robert Thompson, Ph.D., Northwestern University 

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present 

  • Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award, 2021