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FAQ for M.S. in Marketing

M.S. Marketing Overview

The STEM-designated M.S. in marketing program at Syracuse University's Whitman School is designed to help students become sophisticated strategic marketers that meet the needs of firms.

There are three ways to complete your degree – in as little as nine months to as many as 21 months.


International Students
Financing your degree
Career Center

International Students

I am applying as an international student. What are my requirements to apply?

The same as a domestic applicant with the addition of an English Language exam (TOEFL, IELTS) and financial support documents. Please visit our Application Checklist page to view these requirements.

Does my transcript need to be verified by WES?

Yes if you do not have a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. We require an unofficial transcript (in English) to be uploaded into your online application for our Admissions Committee to fully evaluate your candidacy.

Do I need to submit my financial support documents when I apply?

Yes, we recommend that you do this to prevent any delay in your student visa paperwork should you be admitted. If you are granted admission, we will not be able to extend an offer to you until your financial documents have been received and approved. More information regarding the acceptable financial support documents can be found on the website under the “application checklist.”

Can I waive the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English requirement?

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.

Applicants who have studied at an institution in the U.S., or an English-speaking province in Canada for a minimum period of three years, may waive the English exam requirement. If you have worked/studied in the U.S. for less than three years, you will be required to submit official test scores.

How many international students do you admit?

We do not admit a set number of international or domestic students. We review all applications as they become complete and admit those with outstanding applications and test scores, and who we think will perform well in our program.

What is your minimum TOEFL/ IELTS/Duolingo English score requirement?

Our minimum score requirement is 100 for TOEFL, 7.0 for IELTS, and 120 for Duolingo English. Preferred speaking score for TOEFL is 23, IELTS, 7.0.

What is your minimum for GPA, GMAT and GRE Test Scores?

Our recommended GMAT score is a 600 or equivalent to that on the GRE examination. In regards to a candidates GPA, our recommended minimum is 3.0.

Employment Information for International Students

To ask about permission for employment, either on or off campus, and to find out the current regulations about proof of employability, contact Syracuse University's Center for International Services, 310 Walnut Place, Syracuse, NY 13244-2380, USA; telephone 315.443.2457; e-mail

Note: International students are not permitted to work off-campus until they have completed their first academic year.

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Financing your degree

Are there financial aid options available to students?

All students are eligible for Whitman scholarships, which are awarded based on merit and the qualifications shown on a student’s application. Applicants are not required to apply separately to be considered for merit-based scholarships.

What types of loan programs are available?

There are options available if you are in need of financial assistance. Please visit the Financial Aid website.

Are there opportunities to work on campus to help pay for tuition (domestic students)?

Students are eligible for on-campus employment at Syracuse University. These positions usually offer a stipend or salary and may include remitted tuition or other benefits. The Office of Human Resources, 210 Steele Hall, posts job openings for campus offices and you can also review online

Does Whitman provide Veteran Benefits?

Yes we do. You will be able to review information on our Financial Aid website or

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Is an internship required?

Completing an internship is not required, but strongly recommended to give you additional exposure outside of the classroom setting.

Is there internship assistance?

Students are responsible for finding their own internships. The Career Center has resources that can be utilized such as job posting sites Handshake, as well as giving access to the alumni database. Structured internships, which may include participation in Leadership Development programs, often lead to offers of full-time placement.

Can I complete an internship during academic year?

An international student must be in valid F-1-status and have been a full-time student for one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) before accepting an internship and participating in Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

Whitman M.S. students can participate in a special summer program through SU Abroad that gives our students the chance to obtain internship assignments in Singapore. Applications can be submitted through the SU Abroad website at Contact Professor Gary LaPoint ( for application deadlines and more detail.

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Career Center

What is the Whitman Career Center?

The mission of the Whitman Career Center is to build mutually beneficial partnerships with faculty, alumni, and corporate partners to provide innovative programming and coaching that will empower our students to reach their career aspirations with integrity and professionalism, preparing them for personal and professional success in an ever changing global business environment.

The development of your personal career plan takes time and energy and the Whitman Career Center is here to support you through this process.  From the career center’s portion of My Whitman that offers a career workbook, links to interesting career reading and access to national vendors (such as Vault’s Career Insider) to targeted workshops and personal coaching sessions, you have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge you need for ongoing career development and success.

Online Resources

Handshake: Syracuse University’s job and internship database.

Whitman Career Center on MyWhitman intranet: You can review our resources on Blackboard with access to the career workshops, Vault guides, past programs and more. 

Big Interview: A great resource to practice and record your interviews from the privacy of your own room.  The site has thousands of practice interview questions to choose from.  

Vault Career Insider: The premier resource for career, industry and employer research.

National Databases: In partnership with the Bird Library, we maintain a variety of subscriptions to database resources that afford you detailed, in-depth information about industries and companies.

General Career Workshops and Career Chats

Evaluated from year-to-year, our career workshops and career chats are based on student needs and feedback.  All workshops are posted on the Handshake and MyWhitman, allowing you access on your schedule.  Career Chats cover similar topics as workshops, but in a small-group conversation setting.  Here is a sample of prior topics and sessions:

  • Job and Internship Search Strategy
    • Prepare for the Career Fair/Build Your Personal Network
    • Developing Your Resume
    • Writing Persuasive Cover Letters
    • Keys to Interviewing Success
    • Managing Offers: Do You Know What You’re Worth?

On-Campus Recruiting Opportunities

We have a strong on-campus recruiting program where local and national companies come to recruit students for internships and full time positions.  Here are some of the programs planned to connect you with companies:

Information Sessions
These formal corporate presentations are held to educate you about the company and their recruitment process.  Information sessions are typically held in the evenings during the recruitment process.

Office Hours
You have the opportunity to meet with company representatives informally for a one-on-one, 20 minute meeting to provide you with insight about career choices and personal career positioning.

Career Fairs
During the beginning of the fall and spring semesters you have the opportunity to participate in Whitman specific career fairs. Each semester, University Career Services also hosts a campus-wide career fair open to all SU students.

On-Campus Recruiting
We encourage corporations to interview students directly on campus each semester.  Corporations will meet with you for an interview to determine if you have the skills needed to be successful in their company.  In order to be considered for interviews, you need to apply to job or internship postings through Handshake.  If you are selected to be interviewed, you will receive notification through Handshake, and be asked to schedule a meeting.