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Eligibility Criteria

Automatic Fee Waivers - No Form Required

If you belong to one of the following groups and you select the relevant responses within your online application for admission, your application fee will be automatically waived regardless of which graduate program you are applying to. The groups that qualify for automatic application fee waivers are:

  • U.S. veterans / active duty U.S. military personnel
  • Syracuse University students and alumni
  • McNair Scholars (please submit a letter of recommendation from your faculty research mentor)
  • International Fulbright Scholars: IIE/AMIDEAST/LASPAU
  • Applicants from Iran (for 2024 admission)
  • Applicants from Ukraine (for 2024 admission)


Groups and Programs Eligible by Application - Form Required

Depending on the department or program you are applying to, you may be eligible for an application fee waiver based on your participation in a relevant group, program or organization. If any of the following groups apply to you, you must submit the application fee waiver request form.

Applicable to All Maxwell Graduate Programs

  • GEM Fellowship applicants (Graduate Education for Minority Students)
  • Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellows and interns
  • Syracuse University employees

Professional Master’s Programs Only (M.P.A., M.A. in international relations and M.A. in public diplomacy and global communications)

  • AmeriCorps volunteers and alumni

  • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellows and finalists

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellows and interns (CHCI)
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Fellows and interns
  • LeMoyne College
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs)
  • Seoul National University
  • Teach for America corps member or alumni
  • Thomas R. Pickering International Affairs Fellows and finalists
  • U.S. Fulbright Grantees

Executive Master’s Programs Only (Executive M.P.A. in Syracuse, Executive M.A. in international relations in Syracuse and in D.C.)

  • AmeriCorps volunteers and alumni

  • Burmese American Community Institute (BACI)

  • Humphrey Fellows Program
  • Korea Development Institute
  • Santa Maria La Antigua University
  • Returned Peace Corp Volunteers (RPCVs)
  • Seoul National University
  • Universidad Austral (Argentina)
  • Universidad Panamericana

Financial Hardship Waivers

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can submit a request to waive your application fee. 

Please note that each department and program has a very limited number of waivers available, so submit your request as early as possible and provide as much detail as you can regarding your situation and the reasons you believe your fee should be waived.

Once all available fee waivers for a particular program have been granted, a note will be added to the application fee waiver request form and no additional requests will be accepted.

Request an Application Fee Waiver