College of Visual and Performing Arts
Master of Arts in Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Master of Fine Arts in Communications and Rhetorical Studies
The master of arts (M.A.) program in communication and rhetorical studies provides a vibrant and dynamic environment for students hoping to pursue further study in communication studies. Our program has a strong academic research focus and is ideal if you plan to go on to pursue doctoral-level education.
Students in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies are typically admitted for the fall semester. The application deadline for fall admissions is February 1. If you are applying for a McNair Graduate Fellowship or a University African American Fellowship, you must submit your application by January 1 for fall admission.
Completed applications must include:
Three letters of recommendation
Consult online application for details
Unofficial transcript uploaded to the online application. If you are admitted, an official, degree-bearing transcript must be mailed to the University. Applicants must complete a U.S. bachelor's degree (or its equivalent in another country) before starting a graduate program.
Describe in approximately 500 words your main academic interests, why you wish to study for the degree you have chosen, why you wish to study at Syracuse University, how you expect to finance your studies, and your plans for the future after you receive your degree. Upload directly to the online application.
Additional writing sample
Include a sample of strong academic writing (no more than 10 pages), which should be uploaded directly to the online application.
A non-refundable application fee of $75. See online application for details.
The GRE is not required for admission into the communication and rhetorical studies graduate program. If scores are submitted, they will be considered in relation to the application materials.
For international students:
All students whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from either the TOEFL or the IELTS. The minimum score on the internet-based TOEFL is 80. The minimum score on the IELTS is 6.5. Scores must be sent directly to Syracuse University from the testing agency. Our institutional code for the TOEFL is 2823.
A student may also satisfy the English language proficiency requirement by attending our English Language Institute (ELI) and completing Level 4. If a student is conditionally admitted for English proficiency, it is not mandatory for them to attend the ELI. The ELI is an alternative option for students who do not wish to retake the TOEFL or IELTS.
If you attended a four-year program at an English-speaking undergraduate institution, we may be able to waive this requirement. Contact Nanaho Kamei at [email protected]
to request a waiver.
International students must show proof of sufficient funding for the first year of graduate study in order to have a student visa authorized. For detailed requirements and instructions, see the instructions in our online application and the instructions on the graduate school website.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers various forms of financial assistance for students admitted into our highly competitive programs. Merit-based financial awards are determined by the programs and include tuition scholarship, fellowships, and various forms of assistantships and employment opportunities. There are no separate applications for merit-based awards though some of the fellowships have earlier deadlines. For more information, see our Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies financial awards page.
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