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How to apply to the Public Diplomacy program at Syracuse University?

Students wishing to undertake the dual course of study apply to both programs together (only one application is necessary), but are separately admitted by each program through a joint admissions committee. Students fulfill the core courses, specializations, and exit requirements for both programs. Upon completion of these requirements, students are awarded two degrees, the MS from Public Relations, and the MAIR from International Relations.

For specific instructions on completing an admissions application, consult the admissions page of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public communications.

Admission Procedures

The dual degree program in International Relations (IR) and Public Relations (PR) accepts applications for summer semester entry only. The deadline for admission to the program is February 1 for full financial award consideration.

You can utilize any of the following methods to apply to the Maxwell School IR Masters degree program: Application forms:

Online-Application (preferred method)
Print Version (PDF format, click on the application for the S.I Newhouse School)

Admission is for summer semester entry only and may be for full or part-time study. Admission to dual degree program is highly competitive. To be considered for admission, applicants must present:

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • official records/transcripts of academic performance
  • official scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examniation (GRE)
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a personal statement
  • a resume or curriculum vitae

In addition, the applicant's motivation, professional experience, and academic preparation in economics and foreign language study will be considered in the selection process. Intermediate proficiency in a foreign language is an exit requirement for the IR Program. The large majority of our students demonstrate this background upon entry to the dual degree program.


 GRE and TOEFL Requirements

The following additional requirement pertains to all applicants from countries in which English is NOT an official language:

  • Applicants are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

We establish no profile in terms of GRE or TOEFL scores, or GPA. Our students apply from all over the world and from all walks of life -right after college, mid-career, second career, different career, etc. Your application is examined as a whole; each part is equally important.

If you feel that your GRE scores could have been stronger, it's always worth saying so in a cover letter, where you can outline extenuating circumstances, etc. Or, you could make plans to take them again (entirely up to you), and use the ones you have as "preliminary" so that something is in your packet while you do the next set.

The Syracuse University code for GRE and TOEFL score reporting is 2823 (same code works for all programs, in case you are interested in applying to more than one).

If you have questions that concern the Educational Testing Service's end of your GRE/TOEFL experience, we suggest you contact them at:

If you have any questions about application procedures, feel free to contact us.

For more information on financial aid, please refer to websites of the Maxwell School and the Newhouse School:

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International Relations
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Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
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Public Relations / Public Diplomacy
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Syracuse NY 13244-2100
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