Program Information

Successful completion requires 58 credits of coursework.

The dual degree 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 of the first year, students take courses at the Maxwell and Newhouse Schools.

The following summer, students can complete an off-campus experience at one of several locations around the world.

Students resume coursework in Syracuse the second fall semester and finish the joint degree after a final spring semester in Washington, D.C., where they complete a required internship and attend two special seminars. These seminars address issues in public diplomacy and public communication and take place at Syracuse University’s facilities in Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) near Dupont Circle.

Exit requirements also include demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language, which can be done upon entering the program or by taking language courses throughout the two years of study.