Accept or Decline an Offer

Accepting an Offer

MPA, MAIR and Joint MPA/MAIR

In order to accept an offer of admission to the MPA and/or MAIR degree programs, a student must, print, sign, and return the electronic Intent to Register (ITR) form(s) with a non-refundable Deposit of US $500 by April 15. You will receive an email, from “Syracuse University Enrollment Management,” with the link to the e-ITR form. Please review to confirm that the form has the correct start semester/year for your enrollment. If it is incorrect, please change this on the form and return it.

Your advanced deposit is credited to your bursar’s account upon matriculation. Only one deposit is required, even if a student is admitted to a dual degree program.

Accepting by Mail

Send ITRs and Deposits (payment by check) to: 
Syracuse University 
Graduate Enrollment Management Center 
P.O. Box 35060
Syracuse, NY 13235 

OR for express mail: 
Syracuse University 
Graduate Enrollment Management Center 
716 East Washington Street, Suite 200 
Syracuse, NY 13210 

Accepting Electronically

You may email your signed ITR and pay the deposit by credit/debit card or wire transfer. 
Please print, sign, and return your ITR by email to graduateitr@syr.edu

Paying Deposit by Credit Card

To pay the non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 by credit/debit card, you must first activate your Syracuse University Net ID. You will need your 9-digit SUID to complete this process (found on the Intent to Register Email from Graduate Notification / Intent to Enroll).

> Activate your NetID

Once your Net ID is activated, you may

  • Log into Your MySlice Account

  • Go to Applicant Services

  • Select Graduate Tuition Deposit (For PAIA: Deposit: $500, Deadline, April 15)

  • Complete form and transaction.    

Please note:  NelNet Business Solutions, an independent third-party contractor, accepts payments to a student’s bursar account and charges a non-refundable convenience charge of 2.7% for each transaction.  On $500, this convenience charge is $13.50.  This fee is charge and retained by NelNet and not Syracuse University. The fee will appear as a separate charge on your statement. 

To Pay Deposit by Wire Transfer:  You may authorize your banking institution to transfer funds through the Federal Reserve (U.S. Banks) or SWIFT (international banks) systems, in accordance with the following instructions.  
JPMorgan Chase
New York, NY 
ABA#: 021000021
Credit: Syracuse University
Account #: 018-000-1182 ATTN: Upstate Syracuse Account
SWIFT Code:  CHASUS33 (required for foreign banks only)
Reference: You MUST include your student ID # located on your admission ITR form.  

Wire transfers take anywhere from 3-5 business days to complete. Please contact your banking institution if you have any questions about your transfer.  

Requests for Extension

We will only extend the acceptance deadline while paperwork is in process, if the required financial documents have been sent prior to our deadline of April 15 with a written request for this extension while waiting for the e-ITR form. These requests should be sent directly to the PAIA Department.

However, your acceptance of our offer of admission will not be official until you have returned the e-ITR with required deposit.  Care should be taken to get your financial documents in order as soon as possible to avoid delays in your admission and acceptance.

MAIR/MSPR

Students admitted to the MSPR/MAIR dual-degree program have until May 1 to accept an offer of admission. Please follow the procedures as set out by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to accept this offer of admission.

International Students

International students may accept our offer of admission once the University has financially cleared you for admission, at which point you will receive the e-ITR form. Syracuse University’s Graduate School Department will alert all international applicants of their admission (and perhaps the conditions that must be met by the applicant in order to comply with University and/or U.S. Federal policies).

Once an official offer of admission is made by the Graduate School (without conditions), the Slutzker Center for International Services will process and send all necessary documents for obtaining a student visa. For further information relating to visa arrangements and international student life at Syracuse University, please contact the Lillian and Emanuel Slutzker Center for International Services.

Next Steps

Once you have accepted our offer of admission and paid the security deposit fee, complete the following Pre-arrival checklist.

Declining an Offer

Any student wishing to decline our offer of admission may do so by returning the e-ITR form indicating a declination by email to graduateitr@syr.edu.

If you cannot locate, or do not have an e-ITR, you may decline our offer by sending an email to paia@maxwell.syr.edu with your name and program in which you were admitted. Simply state that you are declining the offer of admission.