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Admission Requirements for MS in Marketing

Syracuse MBA program admission is highly selective. Applicants who meet the minimum criteria of the Syracuse MBA program are not automatically admitted to the program.

To be considered for admission, a Syracuse MBA program applicant must possess at a minimum:

  • A U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • Completed application
  • Recommended minimum GPA is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • GMAT or GRE exam
    • Recommended minimum GMAT score is 600. The 2016 entering class average was 623.
    • For those with GRE scores, you can convert them to GMAT through the website
    • Program code for GMAT is NG0-SB-40
    • Institution code for GRE is 2823
  • English exam (for international students)
    • Minimum total score for TOEFL is 100, IELTS 7.0, PTE 68
    • Preferred speaking score for TOEFL is 24, IELTS 7.5, PTE 65
    • Institution code for TOEFL is 2823, department code is 02 if required.
    • PTE Academic program code is 5LD-BQ-15
    • 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
    • DUE TO COVID-19: In addition, the Duolingo English Test has been added as an alternate option for the IELTS/TOEFL exam. The minimum score requirement is an overall score of 120.
Any questions about the Duolingo English Test or application requirements, please email

Work experience is preferred, but not required for admission. We do accept qualified candidates without work experience who possess, among other criteria, exceptionally strong academic backgrounds, demonstrated leadership and a strong potential for success in business.

No formula is employed in admission decision-making. Candidates are evaluated individually, with special consideration given to professional experience and accomplishments, including the 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.