VPA's master of arts (M.A.) degree program in communication and rhetorical studies, offered in the Department of 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.
This section provides information on how to apply to the program and financial awards available.
As a graduate student in VPA, you will have opportunities for a variety of support and funding, including Creative Opportunity Grants. These awards can help students take advantage of unique opportunities that will benefit their academic and artistic work and enhance their career development. Students can also apply for grants from the Graduate Student Organization.
Interested in traveling? Students in VPA have opportunities to take courses based in other U.S. cities through our Maymester and Spring Break classes. Additionally, students conduct research or travel in cities around the world through Creative Opportunity Grant funding. Finally, some programs sponsor travel to specific locations. The VPA Office of Global Studies has more information about these opportunities.
Life AT Syracuse
Syracuse University is composed of 11 schools and colleges, many of which are nationally ranked. New students join a dynamic group of approximately 150 graduate students in VPA, with an additional 6,000+ graduate students representing 130+ countries in the rest of the University.
The city of Syracuse, New York, is a dynamic community with distinctive neighborhoods, year-round festivals, destination shopping, and active art, music, sports, and social scenes.
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