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MS Finance Application Requirements

Application Checklist for Domestic Students

Please note: The Admissions Committee will not review your application until all of the following required materials have been received:

bulletMS Finance application

bulletTranscripts of academic credentials

One transcript from your degree bearing undergraduate university. If you have a graduate degree please submit that transcript as well.

Please upload unofficial transcript copies to your online application. These unofficial transcripts will be used by the admissions committee when reviewing your application.

An official transcript will be required after a student is admitted. Once admitted you will be required to submit official transcripts. Official transcripts must be issued by the university in a sealed envelope with the university seal, stamp, or signature across the back flap.

The admissions committee upon discretion, may request unofficial transcripts from each additional postsecondary educational institution(s) for which nine credit hours or more of course work was taken as part of the evaluation of your application.

bulletTwo letters of recommendation

We suggest that both recommendations be professional references from those individuals who know you in an occupational setting, and that at least one of the recommendations is written by a current or previous supervisor. For those who do not have work experience academic recommendations are accepted.

bulletResume

Please prepare a business resume that includes your educational and professional information. Professional information should consist of employment history in reverse chronological order with titles, dates, relevant information and an indication of part-time or full-time status.

bulletGraduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Applicants are required to take the GMAT. Please arrange for official reports to be sent directly to Syracuse University (Program Code: NGO-SB-94).

We do not accept the GRE score in place of the GMAT.

A GMAT test score is valid for five years, and the admissions committee will consider your highest score if you have taken the test more than once.

It takes twenty days for official scores to arrive electronically so please make sure you schedule your exam well in advance of the application deadline date.

For more information about the GMAT test and how to register, visit www.mba.com

bulletNon-refundable US$75 application fee

All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $75. Application fee waivers are not available.

The application fee can be paid by credit card on the online application site.

bulletTwo Essays

The essay questions can be found on the online application.

All supplemental application materials (transcripts, essays etc.) should be uploaded to the online application. No materials need to be mailed in.

Application Checklist for International Students

Please note: The Admissions Committee will not review your application until all of the following required materials have been received.

All international applicants (non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents) must follow the application procedures described below

bulletMS Finance application

bulletTranscripts of academic credentials

One transcript from your degree bearing undergraduate university. If you have a graduate degree please submit that transcript as well.

Please upload unofficial transcript copies to your online application. These unofficial transcripts will be used by the admissions committee when reviewing your application.

An official transcript will be required after a student is admitted. Once admitted you will be required to submit official transcripts. Official transcripts must be issued by the university in a sealed envelope with the university seal, stamp, or signature across the back flap.

The admissions committee upon discretion, may request unofficial transcripts from additional postsecondary educational institution(s) as part of the evaluation or your application.

bulletEquivalency of U.S. Bachelor's Degree

Applicants who studied at colleges and universities outside the U.S. should have a degree or diploma that is the equivalent of the U.S. bachelor's degree or higher. International credentials are assessed in terms of the educational pattern of the country, the type of institution attended, and the level of study completed before the expected date of enrollment in the Graduate School. In general, the degree should represent a minimum of four years of college-level study which follows at least 12 years of schooling at the elementary and secondary level.

The following are general guidelines for equivalents to a U.S. bachelor's degree:  

  • Canada--A three-year bachelor's degree from Quebec or a four-year bachelor's degree from the other provinces.
  • Latin America--A university degree requiring four years of study.
  • United Kingdom and countries following the British pattern--A bachelor's degree with honors.
  • France and countries following the French pattern--a licence, if earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration, otherwise a degree or diploma requiring four years of study after the baccalaureate, usually the Maitrise.
  • Germany--A Bakkalaureus degree, if earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration, otherwise completion of the diploma.
  • Other European countries-- A university degree requiring a minimum of three years of study, if earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration, otherwise a university degree requiring a minimum of four years of study.
  • India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal - a bachelor's degree of engineering (BE), a bachelor's degree of technology (BT) or a master's degree in any other field.
    • Three-year bachelor’s degrees earned in Division or Class I and II at universities accredited by the NAAC with a grade of A will be evaluated as equivalent to the U.S. bachelor’s degree (based on WES’s new evaluation criteria).
  • Other Asian countries--A university degree requiring four years of study.

bulletTwo letters of recommendation

We suggest that both recommendations be professional references from those individuals who know you in an occupational setting, and that at least one of the recommendations is written by a current or previous supervisor. For those who do not have work experience academic recommendations are accepted.

bulletResume

Please prepare a business resume that includes your educational and professional information. Professional information should consist of employment history in reverse chronological order with titles, dates, relevant information and an indication of part-time or full-time status.

bulletGraduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Applicants are required to take the GMAT. Please arrange for official reports to be sent directly to Syracuse University (Program Code: NGO-SB-94).

We do not accept the GRE score in place of the GMAT.

A GMAT test score is valid for five years, and the admissions committee will consider your highest score if you have taken the test more than once.

It takes twenty days for official scores to arrive electronically so please make sure you schedule your exam well in advance of the application deadline date.

For more information about the GMAT test and how to register, please visit

www.mba.com

bulletTOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Our MS Finance program requires students to engage in group discussions, class participation, and oral presentations. In order to be successful in this program, students must possess a high proficiency in written and oral English.

Note: Applicants who are citizens of the following English-speaking countries are not required to submit test scores: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom.

Note: Applicants who have studied for a minimum of four academic years at an institution in the U.S., or an English speaking province in Canada may waive the English exam requirement.

Our minimum score requirement is 100 for TOEFL, 7.0 for IELTS, and 68 for PTE Academic.

Our minimum speaking score requirement is 23 for TOEFL, 7.0 for IELTS, and 62 for PTE Academic.

All applicants must request the testing center to send a current official score report to Syracuse University. Applicants may also upload a copy of their unofficial score to their online application.

When ordering your test scores please select the Whitman MS Finance program or use the following codes: TOEFL (institution code: 2823, department code: 02) and for PTE Academic (5LD-BQ-65).

bulletNon-refundable US$75 application fee

All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $75. Application fee waivers are not available.

The application fee can be paid by credit card on the online application site.

bulletTwo Essays

The essay questions can be found on the online application.

All supplemental application materials (transcripts, essays etc.) should be uploaded to the online application. No materials need to be mailed in.

bulletFinancial Support Documents

The United States Department of State requires that international students admitted to an academic program in the United States have a student visa to enter the country and remain here for the duration of the program. Most students will attend the program on an F-1 visa. To be issued an F-1 visa you must first obtain an I-20 document from Syracuse University. To receive an I-20 from Syracuse University, you are required to submit proof of sufficient funding.

You may show funding from a number of different sources as long as the total funding available meets the University’s guidelines for minimum funding for one full academic year of study for a graduate student (see chart below). The funding provided to the University to issue your I-20 does not necessarily need to be the same funds that you will actually use for your program.

Individual Funding Required *
Student
$50,350
Spouse or First Dependent
add $10,341
Spouse plus 1 Child
add $15,523
Spouse plus 2 Children
add $20,705
* Amounts are for the 2012-2013 year for a graduate student.
Syracuse University reserves the right to change these requirements at any time.

Acceptable proof of funding for privately sponsored applicants is a certified current bank statement on official bank letterhead, signed by an authorized bank official, indicating that sufficient funds exist to meet at least first-year expenses in U.S. dollars. An explanation of the relationship of the account holder to the applicant (ex. self, spouse, parents, other relatives) should accompany the funding documents.

Acceptable proof of funding for government or company sponsored applicants is an original or certified copy of an award letter in English that includes the U.S. dollar amount of the award for the duration of the award, and a list of expenses covered by the award.

All sponsorship letters and bank statements must be written in English and cannot be dated any earlier than one year prior to the start of your program. Documents older than one year will need to be reissued.

Once adequate funding is demonstrated, the Graduate Enrollment Processing Center will notify the Lillian and Emmanuel Slutzker Center for International Services to issue your I-20 document. Your proof of funding should be uploaded to your online application as an attachment.

Instructions for processing your I-20 and obtaining a visa will be included with your I-20 document.

(Due to increased student visa regulations and delays in processing, students should submit their financial documents with their application to ensure that a student visa eligibility document can be issued promptly after admission.)