Application Requirements

In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, Syracuse University is accepting unofficial transcripts for admissions decisions to online programs.

To ensure students are well prepared for the academic rigor of the program, applicants should have prior demonstrated academic and/or work experience in areas such as programming, discrete math and data structures, operating systems, or computer architecture and organization. Below is a brief summary of the prerequisite qualifications that our admissions team looks for when reviewing an application:

  • an undergraduate (or master’s) degree in engineering, computer science, or a related field with an average GPA of 3.0 or better; or
  • previous work experience in a technical or related field of work during which the applicant developed similar core competencies to those outlined above.

Review the prerequisite requirements for each degree, outlined in the “Academic and/or Work Prerequisite” section below, and reach out to our admissions team prior to starting your application to confirm you qualify for the program.

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


Additional Preparatory Courses may be required for students admitted into the program who do not have prior demonstrated academic and/or work experience necessary to succeed in the program.

Application Checklist:

  1. Online Application
  2. Official Transcripts
  3. Resume
  4. Letters of Recommendation
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Test Scores
  7. Application Fee

Additional application considerations:

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

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 017-005
College Station, TX 77842

Institutions that use electronic transcript services can send your official degree-bearing transcript via e-mail 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.

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 format 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.

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/or Work 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.

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