Admissions

Admissions Overview

Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management seeks students whose academic abilities can successfully meet the demands of our selective, rigorous graduate programs. One of Whitman's greatest strengths has always been the diversity of its student body, and we continue to seek candidates with diverse racial, ethnic, social, academic and professional backgrounds and career goals.

MBA@Syracuse, Accounting@Syracuse, BusinessAnalytics@Syracuse, Entrepreneurship@Syracuse and SupplyChain@Syracuse offer program start dates four times per year, typically in January, April, July and October.

Applications are now being accepted for the start dates listed below, and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Application Deadlines

Admissions Deadlines
Program Start Date Early Priority Deadline Priority Deadline Application Deadline
April 2021 December 24, 2020 January 14, 2021 February 11, 2021
July 2021 March 25, 2021 April 15, 2021 May 13, 2021
October 2021 June 24, 2021 July 15, 2021 August 12, 2021

We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Students who submit by the priority application deadline will receive admissions decisions first and be able to connect with Whitman faculty and resources sooner. Additionally, for students who submit by the priority deadline, the application fee of $75 is reduced to $45.

Application Requirements

The online application can be completed here.


Work Experience

We accept applicants from a wide range of academic fields, but all students are required to have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.

In most cases, applicants are also required to have full-time professional work experience.

  • MBA@Syracuse – a minimum of three years
  • BusinessAnalytics@Syracuse – a minimum of one year
  • Entrepreneurship@Syracuse – a minimum of one year
  • SupplyChain@Syracuse – a minimum of one year
  • Accounting@Syracuse – no work experience requirement

Applicants who do not meet the expected professional work experience but feel they are uniquely qualified for our online business master’s programs should contact the admissions team at Phone Number: +1-844-797-4622 or email an admissions counselor to discuss their eligibility.

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Test Scores

MBA@Syracuse – No GMAT Required
At the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, we take a holistic approach when reviewing applications, considering all aspects of an applicant's professional and academic background. As such, we do not require GMAT or GRE scores for admission to MBA@Syracuse for applicants who meet the minimum work experience requirement. Applicants may, however, submit scores for consideration if they believe that doing so will be beneficial to their application.

Accounting@Syracuse
Applicants for Accounting@Syracuse are required to submit test scores but may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver if they have:

  • five or more years of relevant work experience, or
  • an undergraduate degree in accounting with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or
  • an undergraduate degree in business with a GPA of 3.2 or higher and at least one year of work experience, or
  • an undergraduate degree in any field with a GPA of 3.4 or higher and at least one year of work experience, or
  • a master’s degree in any field.

BusinessAnalytics@Syracuse
Applicants for BusinessAnalytics@Syracuse are required to submit test scores but may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver if they have one year of professional work experience and:

  • an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, or
  • an undergraduate degree in statistics, math, engineering, finance, information technology, physics, supply chain or economics, or
  • a master’s degree in any field.

Entrepreneurship@Syracuse
GMAT/GRE scores are not required for admission to Entrepreneurship@Syracuse.

SupplyChain@Syracuse
Applicants for SupplyChain@Syracuse may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver if they have one year of professional work experience and:

  • an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, or
  • an undergraduate degree in business, statistics, math, engineering, finance, information technology, physics, supply chain or economics, or
  • a master’s degree in any field.

Contact an admissions counselor to learn more about testing requirements and your eligibility for our online business master’s programs.

Syracuse Educational Testing Service (ETS) school codes are:

  • GRE: 2823
  • MBA@Syracuse GMAT: NG0-SB-51
  • Accounting@Syracuse GMAT: NG0-SB-45
  • BusinessAnalytics@Syracuse GMAT: NG0-SB-76
  • SupplyChain@Syracuse GMAT: NG0-SB-05

Test scores may take up to five weeks to reach the university, so be sure to register to take any required tests as soon as you can. Scores must be sent through the testing service that is administering the test in order to be considered official.

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Application Fee

The application fee for each program is $75, and it is nonrefundable. The application fee is reduced to $45 for those students who submit by the priority deadline. Application fee waivers are available for active-duty service members, veterans and McNair Scholars.


Personal Essay

You will be required to write two personal essays. The questions are available in the online application.

For Entrepreneurship@Syracuse, you will write one essay and develop a proposal for a business idea. Learn more about what this business plan entails.


Letters of Recommendation

You will be required to submit two letters of recommendation; you can submit three if you feel that an additional letter will better support your application. Professional recommendations from individuals who know you in an occupational setting are recommended, and at least one should be written by a current or former supervisor. References should be able to speak to your ability to succeed in a rigorous program and to your career goals.

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Official Transcripts

Official degree-bearing transcripts are required. You may be required to submit transcripts from the other academic institutions you have attended as well.

Electronic transcript submission is preferred. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to applicationservices@onlinebusiness.syr.edu, as this will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application. Please note that these cannot be submitted to your admissions counselor.

If you cannot submit these electronically, please have them sent to the following mailing address:

Syracuse University
Application Processing Center
Syracuse Online Business
P.O. Box 30096 017-006
College Station, TX 77842

If you earned credits at an international institution outside of a study-abroad program, please see our International Applicants section for guidelines on verifying your U.S. degree equivalency.


Resume or CV

In a current business resume, list any relevant professional experience, including title, dates and full-time or part-time status.


Interview

Select candidates will be asked to complete a personal interview with a member of the admissions committee. If you are selected for an interview, you will not need to travel; all interviews will take place online via videoconference. You may not request an interview.

No formula is employed in admissions decision making. Candidates are evaluated holistically and individually, with special consideration given to professional experience and accomplishments, including potential for career growth and advancement.

Other factors that are considered are the candidate's prior academic success, GRE or GMAT exam scores, and communication skills as evidenced in the application essays.

To speak with an admissions counselor about applying, call Phone Number: +1-844-797-4622 or email an admissions counselor

International Applicants

Our programs require students to engage in group discussions, class participation and oral presentations. Because of this, students must possess a high proficiency in written and oral English and provide a number of international materials in addition to the application requirements. To learn more about applying as an international student, please visit our international applicants page.