M.Sc. On Campus

Public Diplomacy

Syracuse University

12 months
30294 USD/year
30294 USD/year
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The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications offer a multidisciplinary graduate program leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in International Relations and the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Public Relations. The Public Diplomacy program is offered by Syracuse University .


This dual-degree program is offered jointly by the Maxwell School’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs and the Newhouse School’s Department of Public Relations at Syracuse University . It is designed to train professionals to assume public communications responsibilities for governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Successful completion requires 58 credits of coursework. The program begins in early July with a summer-long gateway seminar, introducing students to the fields of public diplomacy, public communications, and their cross-disciplinary synthesis. During the fall and spring semesters, students take courses at the Maxwell and Newhouse Schools. The following summer, students complete an off-campus experience at one of several locations around the world. Students resume coursework in the second fall semester and finish the program that spring in Washington, D.C., where they complete a required internship and attend two special seminars addressing issues in public diplomacy and public communication at the Maxwell School’s home in Washington, DC, the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Exit requirements include demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language.


Public Diplomacy professionals provide a variety of services for their clients, from writing press releases to planning special events to monitoring how a company is covered in the media.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Media Law 
  • Visual Communications Theory and Practice 
  • Introduction to Public Diplomacy and Communications 
  • Public Relations Theory 
  • Advanced Public Diplomacy 
  • Public Relations Writing
  • Public Relations Research
  • Public Relations Campaign Planning & Execution 
  • Public Relations Management 
  • Public Relations Practicum 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


40 SCH



On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application fee
  • Official transcript
  • Letters of recommendation (as required by the program you’re applying to)
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé
  • Portfolio (if required by your program)
  • Writing sample (if required by your program)
  • Official GRE scores (if required by your program)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (international students only)
  • Military transcripts (for currently serving or veteran)

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Syracuse

935 - 1370 USD /month
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