Applying to Syracuse University

All Applicants to graduate programs in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics 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 based on departmental review with faculty from each graduate program evaluating applications carefully, considering all materials submitted, and then selecting the best qualified candidates.

Priority Deadlines

We strongly recommend submitting your application materials early. Recommendations, transcripts, and test scores (where applicable) can often take several weeks to arrive. Check your application status online by activating your SU NetID using your Syracuse University identification number (SUID). Once activated go to MySlice to sign into your account. “Admissions To Do Items” will list any missing application materials. If you have additional questions, email us at

Marriage & Family Therapy PhD Program: December 15th
Other PhD Programs: January 15
Master and CAS programs: Applications now being accepted
Spring term (where available): November 15
Summer term (where available): Applications now being accepted

Applications accepted after these deadlines are subject to space availability.

Required Application Materials

  • Personal Statement: A 600 to 800 word personal statement, explaining why the applicant has chosen to apply to their selected program; to describe any personal experiences or achievements related to the program; and to outline career goals (see application directions for more detail).
  • Official Transcripts: Transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions from which applicants have earned or will earn a degree prior to enrollment. Transcripts are also required from other institutions attended when the applicant has earned pre-requisite courses/credits specific to the program they are applying to, unless those courses and grades are already listed on the degree bearing transcripts they will be submitting. While unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to begin the review process, applicants will also need to request official copies of transcripts be sent to Syracuse University. Official transcripts are sent to Syracuse University directly from the registrars of the academic institutions previously attended.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation for applicants applying to degree programs (two for the CAS programs) are required; preferably at least two from academic references. There are two ways to submit recommendations. The names/emails of recommenders can be registered electronically during the application process allowing recommenders to submit their recommendations electronically OR letters of recommendation and the supplemental form can be sent directly to the graduate school by the recommender. Applicants must choose either the traditional submission process OR the electronic process for all recommenders. See the application directions for more information.
  • Standardized Test Scores: Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required for all degree programs except for the Social Work MSW program. In some cases the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), by special request, may be accepted for application to the Sport Venue and Event Management degree program. The MCAT exam may be substituted for the GRE for the Public Health MS program with special permission. Certificates of Advanced Study (CAS) programs do not require GREs. Applicants may self-report their unofficial scores on the application, but must also request that their official scores be sent to Syracuse University (Institution code 2823) directly from the GRE test center.
  • Resume: A resume describing employment history; academic honors; scholastic recognition; publications; leadership roles; and/or other academic, professional, and community activities is strongly recommended.
  • Application and Fee: A completed electronic application submitted with a $75 non-refundable fee is required. Syracuse University is a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program. Application fees are waived for all veterans.
  • International Student Language Proficiency Documentation: The TOEFL is required for applicants for whom English is not the primary language. Generally, scores no more than two years old will be accepted. Applications will not be reviewed until TOEFL scores have been received by SU. For more information, visit
  • International Student Financial Documents: International applicants must show sufficient funding for at least the first year of graduate study in order to receive an authorized student visa. For more information please visit the graduate admissions international student funding requirements page.


All prospective students can apply via our online application. This method allows us to process your application faster and more efficiently, allowing you to upload all application materials.

All hard copy supplemental materials should be mailed to:
Graduate Admissions Processing
Box 35060, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13235-5060 USA

If you are sending materials using a package delivery company (i.e. FedEx, UPS, DHL), use this address:
Enrollment Management Processing Center
Syracuse University
Graduate Admissions Processing
716 East Washington Street, Suite 200
Syracuse, New York 13210-1572

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

Instruction for Current SU Graduate Students: Internal Graduate Program Application

You are considered an “internal applicant” if you are a current SU graduate student or if you graduated from SU graduate program less than one year ago. If you wish to pursue a concurrent graduate degree; are presently completing one graduate degree program and wish to pursue an additional program; or wish to be admitted to a doctoral program in the same program of study in which you are currently pursuing a master’s degree you need to complete the internal application process. Check with each graduate degree’s department to find out about internal application requirements. All internal applicants must complete the Graduate Enrollment Internal Admissions Application.

Internal Admissions Information

Internal Applicant Questions?
Questions about your  internal application and materials may be directed to the academic department you are applying to, or contact Falk College Admissions office, or call 315-443-5555.