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Admissions Checklist

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

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

Online application

Transcripts 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 (in English) to your online application. These unofficial transcripts will be used by the admissions committee when reviewing your application.
Official academic records (transcripts/marksheets, degree/diploma certificates) will be required only after you have been admitted. Once admitted you will be required to submit official academic records. These records must be issued by the university in a sealed envelope with the university seal, stamp, or signature across the back flap. For more information about this requirement please visit the Syracuse University website.
The admissions committee upon discretion may request unofficial transcripts from additional postsecondary educational institution(s) as part of the evaluation of your application.

  • Equivalency of U.S. Bachelor's Degree

Applicants who studied at universities outside the U.S. should have a degree that is the equivalent of a 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 at Whitman. 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.

If your degree does not meet the guidelines for your country's equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree then you should submit an official WES credential evaluation report to verify that your degree is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
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.

Germany--A Bakkalaureus degree, if earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration, otherwise completion of the diploma.

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.

Other Asian countries--A university degree requiring four years of study.

Two 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.


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.

GMAT or GRE (Optional for the 2023 Admissions Cycle)

Applicants who choose to submit GMAT (includes GMAT Online) or GRE General Test (includes General Test at home) scores should arrange for official reports to be sent directly to Syracuse University. Our program code for GMAT is NG0-SB-34. Our institution code for GRE is 2823.

Test scores are valid for five years, and the admissions committee will consider your highest score if you have taken the test more than once.

It takes 10-15 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

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

One Essay

The essay question can be found in the online application.

Video Component

Three questions to answer in a five minute video.

Non-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.

Additional Requirements for International Students (non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents)

TOEFL iBT (includes iBT Home Edition and iBT Paper Edition), IELTS Academic (includes IELTS Online), or Duolingo English Test

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

Applicants who are citizens of the following native language English-speaking countries are not required to submit test scores: Australia, Commonwealth Caribbean, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and English-speaking provinces of Canada.

Applicants who have studied in-person at an institution located in the U.S., U.K., Australia, or an English-speaking province in Canada for a minimum of three years, may waive the English exam requirement. We count two 14-week semesters as one year [example: one fall (Aug-Dec) semester plus one spring (Jan-May) semester]. If you have worked/studied in the U.S. for less than three years, you will be required to submit official test scores.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have not studied or worked in the U.S. for at least three years will be required to submit an official English exam.

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 scores to their application to help the processing center match the official scores with the correct application.

Information regarding test dates, test centers, and fees may be obtained by visiting: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo.

Financial 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. International students are required to demonstrate funding for at least the first year of graduate study. Once you've done this, Syracuse University can issue the visa eligibility document that you'll need to have your student visa authorized.

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. 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.

Funding Requirement:

Cost of Attendance:

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