Greetings from Syracuse University’s College of Engineering & Computer Science! We welcome your interest in our graduate programs.

Our programs have a distinguished history of preparing students to create innovative knowledge and technologies. We provide opportunities for your continued professional and personal development in our classrooms and research labs; through industry experiences; engagement with other schools and colleges on campus; and through interactions and new friendships with our global community of faculty and graduate students.

We invite you to learn more about our programs. Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more information or guidance. We look forward to connecting with you!

Graduate Application Process

Please review the following for information on our application process, including application deadlines and requirements. If you have questions at any time, please contact us.

Application Deadlines

  • Application Deadlines
  • M.S. Programs – Fall Admission
    June 1*:     International students
    July 1*:      U.S./Domestic

    M.S. Applicants to the Department of Biomedical & Chemical Engineering (BMCE) are encouraged to apply by March 1 for Fall admission.

    M.S. Programs – Spring Admission
    October 15*:         International students
    November 15*:      U.S./Domestic students

    *We encourage all prospective M.S. students to apply early and to submit support documentation in a timely matter to ensure the best consideration and to avoid delays in processing.

    Ph.D. Programs – Fall Admission*
    February 1: All applicants

    *For spring Ph.D. application information, please contact your respective graduate program coordinator

    Application Requirements

  • Application Requirements
    1.    CollegeNet Graduate Application
    2.     $75.00 non-refundable Application Fee (Applicants wishing to apply to more than one program must submit a separate application and application fee for each program)
    3.     Academic Credentials
    4.     Letters of Recommendation
    5.     Exam Scores
    6.     500-word Personal Statement
    7.     Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    8.     Financial Documents (International applicants only)

    Students, please visit Syracuse University’s CollegeNet System for specific requirements, including number of letters of recommendation required for your specific program of interest. 

    Special note to International Applicants

    Please be advised that any inconsistency in the spelling of your name or inclusion of an invalid address may delay the processing of your application materials. It is strongly recommended that the spelling and order of names be consistent with your passport.

    Academic Credentials

  • Academic Credentials
  • Applicants must send transcripts from any post-secondary institution from which they have earned or will earn a degree. Please contact the Registrar’s Office from each higher educational institution that you have attended and have one copy of your transcript(s) sent to the Syracuse University Enrollment Management Processing Center. Address and submission instructions are below.

    Applicants do not need to send transcripts from secondary schools as part of this application.

    We will consider applications with unofficial transcripts; however we recommend that you send official transcripts. If you choose to submit an unofficial transcript, all offers of admission from Syracuse University are conditional pending receipt of official academic credentials showing that a U.S. bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) has been conferred upon you.

    Exam Scores

    The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required for all M.S. and Ph.D. applicants except for current students applying through the Syracuse University College of Engineering & Computer Science BS/MS program or the Syracuse University-LeMoyne College program.

    Applicants must ensure that exam scores reach Syracuse by the applicable deadline. All scores for GRE and TOEFL are reported to a single location at Syracuse University. The institution code for Syracuse University is 2823 (no department code needed).

    English Language Requirement

    Applicants from countries other than Canada, Australia, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom must submit a score from an approved English language test. Applicants who have studied for at least one year in a higher education institution in one of those countries or the United States may request an exemption from this requirement. Please complete the graduate admissions form to submit your TOEFL exemption request. 

    Most students take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We also accept scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in place of the TOEFL.

    If you would like to gain additional English language skills prior to enrolling in a program at ECS, Syracuse University’s English Language Institute (ELI) can help. The institute specializes in helping international students improve their written and spoken English language skills in order to be successful in U.S. graduate classes. Six-week and full semester programs are offered. For more information on the ELI, please visit: eli.syr.edu

    Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

    Note About the IELTs Test: Students, if you have taken the IELTs instead of the TOEFL, please notify us via the graduate admissions form.

    Request To Waive TOEFL/IELTS Requirement

    If you have completed an advanced degree taught at an accredited U.S. educational institution, it is possible to waive the TOEFL/IELTS score requirement.
    Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

    Sending Supplementary Application Materials

    It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials arrive at Syracuse University before applicable deadlines. Transcripts, resume, letters of recommendation, personal statement of purpose, and other required materials should be sent to the following address:

    Syracuse University
    Graduate Admissions Processing
    P.O. Box 35060
    Syracuse, New York 13235-5060

    Any packages sent by a package delivery company (FedEx, UPS, DHL) can be sent to:

    Enrollment Management Processing Center
    Syracuse University
    Graduate Admissions Processing
    716 East Washington Street, Suite 200
    Syracuse, New York 13210

    Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Tuition & Financial Aid
  • M.S.
    We offer scholarship support, in the form of competitive tuition grants to select admitted M.S. students. In order to be considered for these awards, students must submit their application by the required deadlines. Consideration for tuition grants is based on the merit of a student’s overall academic profile, including grades and test scores. The application for admission is the application for scholarship consideration. No additional application is required.

    Ph.D.
    Highly qualified doctoral students are supported through Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and University Fellowships.

    Syracuse University Fellowships are awarded competitively from applications received by February 1 on an all-University basis. Doctoral fellows receive a stipend for 9 months of full-time study, plus a tuition scholarship for up to 15 credits per semester for a total of up to 30 credits for the academic year. Fellows devote full-time to their studies and are not assigned duties.

    Graduate Assistantships in the form of research assistantships and teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis from among applications received by February 1; assistantships are usually not available at any other time of the year. Recipients of these assistantships receive a stipend in addition to a tuition scholarship for up to 24 credits per year. Summer support is available for selected students on various research projects.

    Proof of Financial Support (for international applicants only)

    Syracuse University requires admitted international students to provide proof of sufficient financial support to cover the costs of their program of study. Sufficient funding for at least the first year of graduate study, less any scholarship support, is required for authorization of a student visa. The total amounts necessary are listed on the Graduate School site. Additional information about these requirements is available in the online application. You can also view estimated costs of attendance on our Tuition and Fees page.

    Student visas will not be issued until financial documentation has been received and reviewed, so please provide the requested support documentation when you file your application for admission. This will not hurt your chances of receiving merit-based financial aid.

    Check Application Status

  • Check Application Status
  • Once an application is complete, students may check the status of their application via MySlice.

    To log in to MySlice, you will need your activated NetID. If you have not activated your NetID, please visit netid.syr.edu, click on the “Activate Your NetID” link and follow the instructions. You will need your unique, nine-digit Syracuse University identification number (SUID) for this. Once you activate your NetId, please go to myslice.syr.edu to sign into your MySlice account using the NetId and password created above. Once you have logged into your MySlice account go to “Admissions To Do Items”. This will list any missing material items to complete your application.

    Please note, you will not receive an admission decision through MySlice, but this will allow you to track receipt of your application material.

    Also, please allow two to four weeks from the date you submit your materials for mailed items to be reflected as complete on our system.

    Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

    Accepting your Admission

  • Accepting your Admission
  • Admitted Students

    • To formally matriculate, students must submit the signed Intent to Register by email to [email protected].
    • Pay advanced tuition deposit via MySlice (Fall M.S. admits only)

    Conditionally Admitted Students

    • Email or fax proof of sufficient funds to [email protected] or 315-443-3423, following the instructions you received from the Graduate School with your conditional acceptance letter.
    • To formally matriculate, students must submit the signed Intent to Register by email to [email protected].
    • Pay advanced tuition deposit via MySlice (M.S. admits only)

    Plan A Visit

  • Plan A Visit
  • We welcome visits by prospective graduate students. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions or to arrange an appointment.

    FAQs

  • FAQs
    • What is the application deadline?

      We accept M.S. applications for both fall and spring. The Fall application deadline for international students is June 1; the Fall application deadline for U.S./domestic students is July 1. The Spring application deadline for international students is October 15; the Spring application deadline for U.S./domestic students is November 15.

      Please note that these deadlines pertain to M.S. applicants; prospective Ph.D. applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, and by January 15 to ensure the best consideration for admission and financial support.

    • Is the application process the same for online degree programs?

      No, please visit the online Admissions Overview page for specific information about the online M.S. in Cybersecurity, online M.S. in Computer Science and online M.S. in Computer Engineering.

    • How many applications do you receive each year? How many are accepted?

      Graduate admission to the College of Engineering and Computer Science is highly competitive. We typically receive about 2,000 applications each year for our M.S. programs. The average M.S. acceptance rate is about 45%. We generally receive 350 applications for our Ph.D. programs and admit approximately 50 students annually.

    • What is the duration of the degree programs?

      M.S. – usually completed in 24 months of study (though some students may complete their requirements in 1.5 years).

      Students in the Syracuse University College of Engineering & Computer Science BS/MS program and the Syracuse University/LeMoyne College program are typically on an accelerated track with most completing their M.S. degree in one-year.

      PhD – usually completed in 4-5 years.

    • My I-20 (international M.S. students only) indicates that the length of my course of study is 36 months? I thought the program could be completed in 2 years (24 months)?

      Students must successfully complete 30 credit hours of graduate coursework in order to earn their degree. An optional, but highly encouraged, internship opportunity is also an integral part of the degree program. Most of our students typically complete course requirements within a two-year (24 month/four semesters) time frame but need two additional semesters to complete the internship for a total of 36 months.

    • Can I study part-time? (U.S./domestic students only)

      Students may pursue any one of our M.S. programs on a part-time basis. Arrangements for part-time Ph.D. study can be made on a case-by-case basis within a student’s academic department.

    • What do you look for in an applicant?

      Graduate admissions decisions are made by faculty committees within each of our departments. These committees consider the entire profile of a candidate when reviewing a file for admission, with particular emphasis on academic performance as demonstrated on a student’s transcript, along with GRE test scores. Related, relevant experience (such as undergraduate research, projects, work/internship experience), along with letters of recommendation and personal statement are also carefully reviewed and considered critical to a candidate’s successful application.

    • What are the minimum or average GPA or GRE score for successful applicants?

      In general, there are no specific minimum GPA or GRE requirements for admission. The graduate admissions committee in each program reviews the entire profile of an applicant through a holistic approach. We provide the information below as a guideline for potential applicants.

      M.S.: Average GPA of admitted students: 3.3

      M.S.: Median GRE scores of admitted students: Q: 163, V: 148

      Average TOEFL Score: 95

    • Where do I send documents?

      All paper documents should be sent to:
      Enrollment Management Processing Center
      Syracuse University
      Graduate Admissions Processing
      P.O. Box 35060
      Syracuse, New York 13235-5060

      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 E. Washington St., Suite 200
      Syracuse, New York 13210-1572

    • Can I arrange a personal interview to discuss my application?

      Interviews are not required for admission to our graduate programs, although we would be happy to speak with you about your interest in the program and answer any questions.

      Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

    • Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

      All international applications are required to submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score. You may submit one score or the other; you do not need to submit both.

      Use the institution code 2823 when requesting ETS (Educational Testing Services) to send your scores electronically to Syracuse University. It is not necessary to request that scores be sent to more than one department.

      • Applicants who are citizens of the following English-speaking countries are not required to submit TOEFL scores: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom.
      • For more information on TOEFL scores, whether you need to submit your scores, and other common questions for international applicants to Syracuse University, please visit the International Student FAQ.

      We request that you notify us if you have taken the IELTS so we can update your record:

      NOTIFY US

      If you have completed an advanced degree taught at an accredited U.S. educational institution, it is possible to waive the TOEFL/IELTS score requirement:

      REQUEST TO WAIVE REQUIREMENT

    • Do I need to submit funding documentation?

      If you are an international applicant, and you are admitted, you’ll need to show evidence of having secured sufficient funding for at least the first year of graduate study in order for Syracuse University to issue a visa eligibility document, which is required in order to have your student visa authorized. Visit the SU Financial Aid site for updated cost of attendance information for graduate students.

    • Can I defer my admissions offer?

      Admitted applicants may defer enrollment for up to one year. To request a deferment, please contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator in your department.

    • If I have a question about filling out the online application, who do I contact?

      Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

    • How do I find out if all my application materials have been received?

      Applicants can check the status of their application via MySlice.

    • When do you send out decisions?

      We send out admissions notifications on a rolling basis as applications are reviewed and decisions are made.

    • Can I visit campus?

      We welcome prospective students to visit campus! We are happy to meet with you and to arrange for you to meet with current students and tour our facilities while you are here.

      Please contact us at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

    • Do you provide tuition assistance for graduate study?

      M.S. – We offer outstanding scholarship support, in the form of tuition grants, to highly qualified applicants. Your application for admission is your application for financial support.

      Ph.D. – Highly qualified doctoral students are supported through Research Assistantships, Departmental Teaching Assistantships, or University Fellowships.

    • How many students are in your graduate programs?

      The College of Engineering and Computer Science is home to approximately 1000 graduate students; 75% – M.S. students; 25% – Ph.D. students.