M.S. Programs Admissions

Admission is highly selective. Applicants who meet the minimum criteria are not automatically admitted to the program.

Master's Degree Application Checklist

Fall 2024 Application Deadlines

Early Deadline: Jan. 15
Regular Deadline: March 15  
Final Deadline: April 15
Extended Application Deadline: May 15

Application Deadlines and Review Process


Complete applications* must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the day of the deadline. It is always beneficial to apply before the posted deadline.


*A complete application includes all supplemental materials, including official test score reports.


To be considered for admission, an applicant must possess at a minimum:

  • Minimum total score for TOEFL iBT is 100, IELTS Academic 7.0, Duolingo English Test 130
  • Preferred speaking score for TOEFL is 23, IELTS, 7.0
  • Institution code for TOEFL is 2823, department code is 02 if required

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 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


Applicants are also recommended to submit a GMAT or GRE score.*

  • Program code for GMAT is NG0-SB-43
  • Institution code for GRE is 2823


For those with GRE scores you can convert them to GMAT through this website. 

*The GMAT or GRE is not required for the 2024 admission cycle. Applicants who submit a score may improve their chances of being admitted, as well as increase their opportunity for merit-based scholarships.

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

Historically, one of the Whitman School'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.

Status Communication

Whitman's Graduate Programs Office will email confirmation when the application has been received. Please allow 10 business days for delivery of the decision letter. Decisions cannot be communicated by phone or fax.

Incomplete Applications

We will inform you via email if an application is incomplete (e.g., missing test scores, transcripts, essays, or other items). An application cannot be reviewed until all required documents have been received. Any application that remains incomplete after the final deadline will be withdrawn.