Application Materials

Applications for graduate study are submitted to the Graduate School—the college of record for all graduate students at Syracuse University. Each department at Maxwell reviews applications individually and then conveys its admission recommendations to the Graduate School. Official offers of admission come from the dean of the Graduate School. 

Applications and all additional required information need to be sent no later than February 1st for the applicant to be considered for admissions the following academic year.  We strongly advise you to submit your application earlier than this date in case not all materials arrive on time.

The following application materials are required to be submitted:

Graduate School Application

Filling out an online application is the preferred method for applying because it can be processed faster and more efficiently than those filed on paper. Complete an online application here.

Internal Application

Applicants who are already graduate students at Syracuse University should complete an internal application instead of the online application.  Please visit the Public Administration Office for more information, or contact us via e-mail at

Personal Statement

This will be completed online as part of the application process.


This will be submitted as part of the online application process.


Transcripts for any undergraduate or graduate college the applicant attended should be submitted to the Graduate School. Uploaded copies are acceptable for application review. The University will require official transcripts at time of matriculation.    

Three Letters of Recommendation

As part of the online application process, you will provide email addresses for the individuals writing a letter of recommendation.  Recommenders will be contacted by email explaining how to submit an online letter of recommendation.