Interested in a J.D./M.S. or M.A. in Public Communications?

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

A joint degree in communications can open doors to the dynamic world of communications & media. Offered in cooperation with Syracuse University’s renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, this program prepares you for a challenging career in communications law or media public policy among others.

Here's what you'll study

Joint degrees in communications, offered in cooperation with Syracuse University’s renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, choose from specialized sequences in advertising; arts journalism; audio arts, broadcast and digital journalism; documentary film and history; magazine, newspaper and online journalism; new media management; photography; public diplomacy; public relations and television, radio and film. The amount of time needed for completion depends on the program chosen and your prior coursework.

Here's what you need to know

Syracuse Law is the primary school for students enrolled in a joint degree program at Syracuse University. For a joint degree in Public Communications, you will earn 72 law credits plus minimally 27-36 grad credits (depending on your concentration.) Most joint degree programs may be completed in three years (six semesters) and, potentially, one summer. In all cases, both programs must be completed within four years.

Students seeking dual degrees must apply to both programs separately, and admission to Syracuse Law does not guarantee admission to other graduate programs. Students are required to complete their first year of study at Syracuse Law and candidates for joint degree programs must obtain advance approval from Syracuse Law. The specific number of credits required for non-law graduate programs may vary depending on each student’s previous academic background in the subject area.

In addition, joint degree students are charged Syracuse Law tuition rates only, essentially offering the opportunity to earn two advanced degrees for the price of one.

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For more information contact:

Law Admissions

College of Law
Admissions & Financial Aid
Suite 340 College of Law
Phone: 315.443.1962
Fax: 315.443.9568

Public Communications

Graduate Records Office
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
330 Newhouse 2
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315.443.4039

Specific questions & inquiries
about joint law programs:

Keri Foster
Associate Director
Office of Student Life
Suite 444 College of Law
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315.443.1146
Fax: 315.443.9719

Here's where you'll spend a lot of your time

There are significant advantages to tackling your law degree in an environment that’s integrated with a major university. Here are some of the places you’ll be spending your time as you pursue your studies. In your spare time? Well, there’s plenty of excitement to find here as well.

Syracuse University College of Law: A rich tradition in law and interdisciplinary legal studies.

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University: Become part of one of the nation’s most prestigious communications schools.