Where to Find Public Speaking Classes in New York City
Stand-alone public speaking classes aren't readily available at New York City area schools. Training is usually reserved for students enrolled in certain degree programs, as opposed to the general public. Read about the program options below, and use the school table to find information about program costs. Additional information about two other colleges in the area that provide instruction in public speaking are at the bottom of the article.
- New York University's Greenwich Village campus is located 1.6 miles from the city's downtown. The school offers a certificate program for public speakers.
- Pace University, located less than half a mile from the city's downtown, offers an online course in public speaking during the January intersession.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Mass Communication Studies
- Speech Communications and Rhetoric
Comparison of Schools
Students who want to polish their public speaking skills can use this table to compare course costs and student enrollments.
|New York University||Pace University - New York|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (Fall 2014)||49,274*||12,857*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition (2015-2016)||$150-$545 per course**||$1,180 per credit, Fall/Spring semesters****|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2013-2014)||60%*||97%*|
|Acceptance Rate (Fall 2014)||35%*||85%|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)||92% full-time, 61% part-time*||76% full-time, 79% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate (Students Who Began in 2008)||83%*||55% *|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, **New York University, ***Pace University - New York
New York University
New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a non-credit certificate, which includes courses in public speaking.
Certificate in Communication Skills
Students must complete at least four courses chosen from public speaking and writing courses to earn this certificate. Areas of study include speaking with confidence and power, communication skills, public speaking for actors and dynamic speaking. Topics in impromptu speaking, speech and presentation skills, and developing a speaking voice are also part of the program.
Pace University - New York
Pace University is more than 100 years old. It has three campuses: White Plains, Westchester and New York City and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.
The university offers both an online course and an in-person version at the New York campus in public speaking during the January intersession. Students complete the course in four weeks. The Public Speaking class specializes in constructing and presenting well-reasoned public messages. Students must attend sessions and participate in the course through Blackboard, an online content management system. For the online version, students must have the technical knowledge to upload videos to the course's website.
Other School Options
Students may find training in public speaking at Barnard College, about 7.8 mi. (19 min.) from downtown New York City. Barnard offers a speaking fellows program that includes public speaking, giving presentations and participating in class workshops, as well as a one-on-one class. Additionally, the Fashion Institute of Technology, located 2.7 mi (11 min.) from downtown New York City, offers an English and speech program in speech and communication. This school is part of the State University of New York (SUNY).