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Admission Requirements

Admission is highly selective. Applicants who meet the minimum criteria are not automatically admitted to the program. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in finance, please review our curriculum page for a list of foundation courses that must be taken before starting our program.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must possess at a minimum:

  • A U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • Completed application
  • English exam (for international students)
    • Minimum total score for TOEFL is 100, IELTS Academic 7.0, Duolingo English Test 120
    • Preferred speaking score for TOEFL is 23, IELTS, 7.0
    • Institution code for TOEFL is 2823, department code is 02 is required
    • IELTS: Please contact the test center directly where you took the test and request that your official test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system. All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.
      • E-download Account Name: Syracuse University-Graduate Admissions
      • E-download Account Address: Graduate Admission 716 E. Washington St. Suite 600 Syracuse NY 13210-1572
Applicants are also strongly recommended to submit a GMAT or GRE score.*
*The GMAT or GRE is not required for the 2021 admission cycle due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. However, applicants who do not possess an undergraduate finance degree will greatly improve their chances of being admitted by submitting a GMAT or GRE score. Applicants that submit a score may improve their chances of being admitted, as well as increase their opportunity for merit based scholarships.

No formula is employed in admission decision-making. Candidates are evaluated individually, with special consideration given to professional experience and accomplishments, including potential for career growth and advancement. Other factors considered are the candidate's prior academic success, the GMAT exam, and communication skills as evidenced in the application essays.

Historically, one of the Whitman School's greatest strengths has been the diversity of its student body. We continue to seek candidates with diverse racial, ethnic, social, academic, and professional backgrounds and career goals.