Full-time MBA Application Requirements

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


MBA Application Checklist


To be considered for admission, a Syracuse University 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 (strongly recommended)*

*Additional information regarding the GMAT/GRE for the 2024 admission cycle.

Submitting a GMAT/GRE exam is strongly recommended and if applicants have questions about score submissions, please contact the Whitman Master's Programs Admissions Team at busgrad@syr.edu. Applicants who submit a score may improve their chances of being admitted and increase their opportunity for a competitive merit-based scholarship. If you have obtained a GMAT score of 640 or higher, and/or, a GRE score of 320 or higher, please email us a PDF proof of the official score to be considered for an application fee waiver. 

Recommended minimum GMAT score is 600. The 2022 entering class average was 650.


Recommended minimum GRE Quant score is 160 and the Verbal score is 150. The 2022 entering class average was Quant: 165, and Verbal: 155.


  • The program code for GMAT is NG0-SB-40
  • The institution code for GRE is 2823


English exam (for international students)


The minimum total score for TOEFL iBT is 100, IELTS Academic 7.0, and Duolingo English Test 130

The preferred speaking score for TOEFL is 24, IELTS 7.5

  • The institution code for TOEFL is 2823, department code is 02 if required.

IELTS: Please get in touch with 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 can send scores electronically to our institution.

E-download Account Name: Syracuse University-Graduate Admissions

E-download Account Address: Enrollment Processing 400 Ostrom Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244


Work experience is preferred but optional 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 business success.


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 standardized test results and communication skills as evidenced in the application essay.


Historically, one of the Syracuse University MBA program'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.