Admissions

Admissions Overview

At Syracuse University's College of Engineering and Computer Science, we seek students who are passionate about computing and who understand the broad impact that new technologies and ideologies can have on society. Our students are interdisciplinary leaders with the ability to successfully meet the demands of a selective, rigorous graduate program.

The M.S. in Cybersecurity, M.S. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science offer program start dates four times per year, typically in January, April, July and October.

Admissions Deadlines

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

The upcoming application deadline for the January 2021 cohort is Sept. 25.

Admissions Deadlines
Classes Start Early Priority Deadline
Application fee: $45
Priority Deadline
Application fee: $45
Final Deadline
Application fee: $75
January 2021 September 25, 2020 October 16, 2020 November 13, 2020
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

Application deadlines are subject to change. Please request information to receive any deadline updates via email, and check back regularly.

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 Syracuse faculty and resources sooner.

Additionally, for students who submit by the priority deadline, the application fee of $75 is reduced to $45. If you are interested in applying for an on-campus program, please access that application here.

You can reach out to an admissions counselor if you have questions, or explore upcoming virtual events hosted by our admissions staff and faculty members to help you learn more about the program.

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Application Requirements

Prospective students should have a strong interest in computing and computer systems and further developing the necessary skills to take on advanced computing and cybersecurity challenges.

The application review board takes a holistic approach when reviewing applicants. We take into consideration all facets of a student's background including, but not limited to: undergraduate degree, mathematical competency, additional education completed, GPA, related work experience and background.

The review board looks for an undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science, or a related STEM field with an average GPA of 3.0 or better. Some applicants also hold a master’s degree, but this is not required for admission to the program.

To ensure that students are well prepared for the academic rigor of the Engineering@Syracuse programs, the college offers two preparatory courses. Learn more about our preparatory courses.

GRE waivers are available to applicants who meet all the prerequisite requirements.

Application Checklist

To learn more about application requirements and policies, speak with an admissions counselor at Phone Number: +1-844-797-4364 or email an admissions counselor.


Online Application

You can access the online application here.


Official Transcripts

You will be required to submit official degree-bearing transcripts from all academic institutions you have attended. You may be required to submit transcripts from the other academic institutions you have attended as well. Please send transcripts to:

Syracuse University
Application Processing Center
Engineering@Syracuse
PO Box 30096 017-0052
College Station, TX 77842

Institutions that use electronic transcript services can send your official degree-bearing transcript via email to applicationservices@engineeringonline.syr.edu.


Resume

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


Letters of Recommendation

You will be required to submit two letters of recommendation from supervisors or peers.

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Personal Statement

Provide a personal statement, written entirely by you with no outside assistance, detailing why you wish to study for the degree you have chosen. Please describe how your academic and professional experience has prepared you for this program. Please make sure to elaborate on any professional, hands-on computing experience. Lastly, please describe your career goals and how completing this program will help you to achieve them.

Your statement should be double-spaced, approximately 500 words and include your name and date of birth on each page. The file should be in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF format.


GRE Test Scores

Official GRE scores or an expected test date is required for all applicants with an undergraduate GPA under 3.0. The Syracuse University School Code is 2823. GRE scores can be self-reported, and waivers are available for qualified students.

GRE Requirement Waiver Policy: GRE scores are required for all applicants with the exception of the following groups, where an applicant could be eligible for a GRE waiver.

  • Four or more years of professional work experience in a technical or related field
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater during a quantitative or technology-related degree from an accredited U.S. institution
  • Graduated from a relevant Syracuse University degree program in good standing
  • Previous master's degree

Contact your admissions counselor to learn more about our GRE Waiver Policy.


Application Fee

The nonrefundable application fee for all programs is $75. If you apply before the priority deadline, the application fee will be reduced to $45.

Application fee waivers are available for active-duty service members, veterans and current Syracuse University undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and employees.

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International Applicants

If you are an international applicant or your native language is not English, the TOEFL or the IELTS exam is required. Learn more about requirements for international applicants.


Academic and Prerequisite Preferences by Degree

Due to the rigor of Engineering@Syracuse programs, applicants typically have a bachelor’s degree from the following fields with an average GPA of 3.0 or better. Bachelor’s degree requirements vary by program:

M.S. in Cybersecurity:

  • A bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, computer science, computer engineering or a related field from an accredited institution with an average GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Demonstrated core competencies in basic systems knowledge, data structures, discrete mathematics and high-level programming (C and C++) are recommended.

M.S. in Computer Engineering:

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering or a related field from an accredited institution with an average GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Demonstrated core competencies in discrete mathematics, calculus, data structures, programming (C and C++) and computer organization are recommended.

M.S. in Computer Science:

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering or a related field from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Demonstrated core competencies in discrete mathematics, calculus, data structures, programming (C and C++) and computer organization are recommended.

To speak with an admissions counselor about applying, call Phone Number: +1-844-797-4364 or email an admissions counselor

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