Please include a check or money order payable to Syracuse University. Do not send cash.
If you wish to apply to more than one Syracuse University program, you must file a separate application and application fee for each program.
Post-9/11 veterans of the armed forces may have their admissions fee waived upon verification by Veterans Resource Center staff. Identify yourself as a Post-9/11 Veteran while completing the online admissions application and contact the Veterans Resource Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further instructions.
One (1) copy of records of all previous postsecondary education.
Graduate educator preparation candidates, including School Media specialists, must submit a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
Contact the Registrar’s Office of each higher educational institution that you attended and have one copy of your transcript(s) sent to the Syracuse University Enrollment Management Processing Center. Address and submission instructions are below.
You do not need to send transcripts from secondary schools as part of this application.
We can consider your application with unofficial transcripts, but we recommend that you send official transcripts. If you choose to submit an unofficial transcript, all offers of admission from Syracuse University are conditional pending receipt of official academic credentials showing that a U.S. bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) has been conferred upon you.
Failure to submit official degree-bearing credentials may result in revocation of an offer of admission, or dismissal from the graduate program if admission has already been granted.
The personal statement is a statement of your general academic plans, personally written by you, the applicant.
Graduate educator preparation candidates, including School Media specialists, must submit a 500 word personal essay demonstrating the candidates’ beliefs about children’s learning, individuals’ diversity, enthusiasm for learning, collaboration, and ethics that are suitable to the education profession.
Submit as an uploaded word-processing document through the Graduate Program application.
The School of Information Studies requires two letters of recommendation for applicants to the masters programs. Our requirement of two letters of recommendation is different from the general Syracuse University Graduate School requirement of three letters of recommendation.
You can request letters of recommendation, and your recommenders can submit their recommendations, through the OnBase online application system. You will receive an email once your recommender submits their recommendation through OnBase.
If you are unable to request letters electronically through OnBase, you must mail letters to the Graduate Enrollment Management Center (address and mailing instructions below) in sealed envelopes, on which the recommender has signed across the seal.
All graduate educator preparation candidates, including School Media specialists, must submit competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogy Test (MAT), or other acceptable, nationally normed admissions examination. There are no exemptions.
Official TOEFL or IELTS score (international applicants only)
All international applications are required to submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score. You may submit one score or the other; you do not need to submit both.
Use the institution code 2823 when requesting ETS (Educational Testing Services) to send your scores electronically to Syracuse University. It is not necessary to request that scores be sent to more than one department.
If you have completed an advanced degree taught at an accredited U.S. educational institution, it is possible to waive the TOEFL/IELTS score requirement. Email email@example.com to confirm if you are eligible to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
International applicants whose native language is English, or, who are citizens of English-speaking countries are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
For more information on TOEFL scores, whether you need to submit your scores, and other common questions for international applicants to Syracuse University, please visit the International Student FAQ
The video submission is an optional component of our application and is not required, but it helps the admissions committee get to know you personally and the content should be similar to a personal statement. Your video should be two to five minutes in duration, and must be recorded in the application software. You cannot record the video in advance and upload it.
All admitted international applicants must show evidence of having secured sufficient funding for at least the first year of graduate study in order for Syracuse University to issue your visa eligibility document (also known as an I-20), which is required in order to have your student visa authorized.
Your financial documents have no bearing on your consideration for scholarships or awards. Program application reviewers do not have access to view your financial documents.
Applicants who choose to submit financial statements after an offer of admission is made may experience processing and delivery delays that can impact the receipt of the I-20 and the schedule of your visa appointment.
The United States government requires international students to demonstrate sufficient funding for at least the first year of graduate study. Once you have done this, Syracuse University can issue the visa eligibility document that you will need to have your student visa authorized.
If you are a privately sponsored applicant, you will need to demonstrate acceptable evidence of your funding. This consists of a certified current bank statement on official bank letterhead, signed by an authorized bank official or an official letter stating an approved or sanctioned loan that indicates sufficient funds exist to meet at least first-year expenses in U.S. dollars as per Syracuse University’s current estimate.
If you are a government-sponsored applicant, you will need to submit an original award letter (or a certified copy of an award letter). The letter must state the annual amount of the award in U.S. dollars. All financial documents must be written in English and valid within one year of the start of the semester. You may email the document per the instructions below.
Please contact Syracuse University Graduate Admissions at Grad@syr.edu for any questions regarding funding requirements.
How to submit financial documentation
By email: You can scan your financial documents and email them to Syracuse University Enrollment Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By fax: You can fax your funding documentation to 001-315-443-3423
On all documents you send via fax, you must include:
Your full name
Date of birth
Name of the program you are applying to
Your SU I.D. number (this is issued to you after you submit your application)
We are dedicated to supporting our international students’ success and employability. For this reason, we require that students with TOEFL scores below 100 or IELTS scores below 7.0 to take IST 678: Communication for Information Professionals.
If you are a student who falls into this category, you will take an English assessment exam when you arrive on campus. If your exam score is high and indicates that this course would not be beneficial to you, then you will be given the option to not take IST 678: Communication for Information Professionals.
IST 678: Communication for Information Professionals is a three credit hour course that will not apply to the required credits for your academic program, but will apply to your grade point average (GPA). The iSchool believes that this course is very important to your academic and employment success, and you will not be charged tuition for taking this course.