International Applicant Requirements

Our programs require students to participate in classes, engage in group discussions and make oral presentations. Because of this, students must possess strong proficiency in written and spoken English and provide several international materials in addition to the application requirements.


Applying as an International Student

International applicants and applicants whose native language is not English will be required to show proof of English proficiency and U.S. degree equivalency.


English Proficiency Exams

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

Syracuse codes for English proficiency exams are:

TOEFL: 2823

IELTS: See instructions below

Applicants who are citizens of 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.

If you have worked or studied at an institution in the United States or an English-speaking province in Canada for more than four years, you may be eligible to waive the English proficiency exam requirement. You can contact an admissions counselor to learn more about test waivers.


International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Instructions

Students may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from IELTS as an alternative to the TOEFL. Our institution requires an overall band score to be submitted.


Syracuse University accepts electronic scores submitted by the IELTS test center. An institutional code is not required. Please get in touch with the test center where you took the IELTS test directly and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system.


E-download Account Name: Syracuse University-Graduate Admissions

E-download Account Address: Graduate Admission, 716 E. Washington St., Suite 600, Syracuse, NY 13210-1572


All IELTS test centers worldwide can send scores electronically to our institution.


U.S. Degree Equivalency

Applicants who studied at colleges and universities outside the U.S. should have a degree or diploma equivalent to 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.

The degree should generally represent a minimum of four years of college-level study, which follows at least 12 years of schooling at the elementary and secondary levels.

You will need to submit a World Education Services (WES) Educational 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.

France and countries following the French pattern: A license, if earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration; otherwise a degree or diploma requiring four years of study after the baccalaureate, usually the Maitrise.

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

Other European countries: A university degree requires a minimum of three years of study, if earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration; otherwise a university degree requires a minimum of four years of study.

Australia: A bachelor’s degree: Ordinary or Pass.

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal: A bachelor’s degree in engineering (BE), a bachelor’s degree in technology (BT) or a master’s degree in any other field.

India: Three-year bachelor’s degree earned in Division or Class I and II at universities accredited by the NAAC with a grade of A will be evaluated as equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree (based on WES’s new evaluation criteria).

In other Asian countries: A university degree requires four years of study.