Applying to Syracuse University

Applicants to graduate programs in the Falk College must hold or expect to receive a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, prior to the start of the intended enrollment term. Admission decisions are determined by departmental review of faculty from each graduate program evaluating applications carefully, considering all materials submitted, and then selecting the best-qualified candidates.

Application Deadlines

We strongly recommend submitting your application materials early. Recommendations, transcripts, and test scores (where applicable) can often take several weeks to arrive.

Ph.D. Programs: January 15 (firm)
Masters Programs Fall: Currently accepting applications!
Masters Spring Term (where available): December 10
Masters Summer Term (where available): Currently accepting applications!

Applications received after Feb 15th will be reviewed on a space-available basis and may not be eligible for merit aid consideration.


Prospective students must apply via the online application. This method allows us to process your application faster and more efficiently, allowing you to upload all application materials.

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Required Application Materials

  • Personal Statement: Falk College is committed to educating and preparing practitioners and scholars to work with individuals, families, and communities. Please submit a personal essay of 600-800 words that addresses: why you have selected your program; your professional goals; and what academic, personal and professional experiences you possess which makes you a good candidate for your chosen program.
  • Official Transcripts: Transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions from which applicants have earned or will earn a degree. Transcripts are required from other institutions where an applicant has earned pre-requisite courses/credits specific to the program they are applying, unless those courses and grades are listed on the degree bearing transcripts.

    Unofficial transcripts are accepted for application review. Official transcripts are required if an applicant is admitted and matriculates. It is necessary to provide enrollment management with an official transcript showing certification of a bachelor’s degree by the end of the first semester of graduate study. Students, who have submitted a FAFSA and will receive federal financial aid, must show degree certification prior to receiving funds (mid-August).

  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required for applicants applying to graduate degree programs (two are required for Certificates of Advanced Study programs). Recommendations should be from at least two academic sources. Applicants will register recommenders through the online application system providing the full name, title and organization and email address of the recommender. The recommender will receive an email notification, which will include a cover sheet and a rating sheet to access the applicant’s abilities and will be required to attach a recommendation on letterhead of the organization they represent. Please note recommenders will receive notification as soon as their name is registered. Unsealed letters or emails will not be accepted from the applicant.
  • Standardized Test Scores: Due to COVID 19, Falk College is waiving the GRE requirement for all masters programs for the 2021 (spring, summer and fall) application cycle. If an applicant has a GRE score they may self-report unofficial scores on the application and have their official scores sent to Syracuse University (institution code 2823).
  • Resume: A resume describing employment history; academic honors; scholastic recognition; publications; leadership roles and/or other academic, professional, and community activities.
  • Application and Fee: A completed electronic application submitted with a $75 non-refundable fee is required. Application fees are waived for veterans, McNair Scholars and all SU alumni. Fees may be waived by admissions for AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteers with proper documentation and must contact to request. We are accepting applications now, apply today.
  • International Student Language Proficiency Documentation: The TOEFL is required for applicants for whom English is not the primary language. Scores no more than two years old will be accepted. Applications will not be reviewed until TOEFL scores have been received. Required scores vary by program and are outlined on the individual application instruction pages. Applicants with a degree from an accredited institution whose instruction is in English can request a waiver by contacting
  • International Student Financial Documents: International applicants must provide documentation indicating sufficient means to fund the first year of graduate study (in order to receive an authorized student visa). For more information, please visit the Cost of Attendance for International Students page.

Application Status

Check your application status online by activating your SU NetID using your Syracuse University identification (SUID) number. Access MySlice to sign into your account. The “Admissions To Do Items” will list any missing application materials.


Questions about your application and materials may be directed to the Falk College Admissions office, or call 315-443-5555.

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