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Public Diplomacy

MAIR/MS in Public Relations Dual Degree Option


Public Diplomacy is a new field that has evolved far beyond the traditional view that includes government-funded and sponsored cultural, educational, exchange and broadcasts to promote the national interest of a nation state.

Why Public Diplomacy?

Increasingly, positions in government, international organizations, non-profit organizations and the NGO community, as well as the private sector, require an understanding of diverse audiences at home and abroad and skill at crafting messages that describe the organization, convey its vision, and help the organization to communicate its message in times of change or crisis.  Every organization, regardless of its size or mission, needs people who have the training and skills to create and sustain an effective dialogue with external audiences.

The two-degree program in Public Diplomacy provides students with these skills and the academic credentials from the Maxwell School and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. 


Students in the Public Diplomacy pursue a career track in public diplomacy, which combines the core of the MAIR and MS in Public Relations degrees. A more detailed overview can be found in the graduate student handbook. Upon completion of the degree requirements, students earn both degrees.

Public Diplomacy students spend their second spring semester in Washington, DC, completing a required public relations practicum and the final two public diplomacy courses, Issues in Public Diplomacy and Issues in Public Communications.  More information on the Public Diplomacy degree program requirements can be found in the Syracuse University Graduate Course Catalog.

Application and Admission Requirements 

Students wishing to undertake the dual course of study submit one application to the dual degree program. 

When asked "To which program and degree do you intend to apply?" on the online application form, please select "Public Diplomacy (Public Relations, M.S. and International Relations, M.A. *joint program)" which can be found as an option under The Maxwell School or The Newhouse School.