What do I need to Apply?

  • A master's degree in higher education, student affairs, or related area.
  • An overall graduate grade point average of B+ (3.5) or better in master's degree program (Note: Only courses with grades of B or better are eligible for transfer).
  • A minimum of five years of work experience in student affairs and/or higher education administration.
  • An ability to write well as demonstrated in a significant writing samples submitted with your application (e.g. master's thesis, scholarly paper).
  • Interview required

Application Materials

In accordance with the policies and procedures of the School of Education, a submitted application must include:

  • A completed graduate application form including personal statement and resume
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75
  • Two copies of Academic credentials
  • Three letters of recommendation (one reference should be from a faculty member you had in class)
  • TOEFL-if applicable
  • Official GRE exam scores and an additional writing sample

Additional Admission information

Students may take up to 9 credits of coursework in higher education on a non-matriculated basis. Performance in these courses can be submitted as part of the application. If admitted, the course credits may be counted toward the Ph.D. degree.

In some cases, we may require the applicant to take courses on a non-matriculated basis as part of the admission process. Performance in these courses is then used, together with other evidence, in our decision. But note that performance in such coursework does not, in itself, guarantee admission as we take into account a variety of admissions factors. If admitted the course credits may be counted toward the Ph.D. degree.

If an applicant is denied admission to our program, she/he may not reapply to the program but is more than welcome to apply to other graduate programs at Syracuse University and in the School of Education . For applicants who are denied, the 9 credit limit on higher education classes stands: they may not take more than a total of 9 credits of higher education classes beyond their previous degree and so will be denied the ability to register in and attend classes above and beyond that limit.

What is the Application Deadline?

The Higher Education program has a rolling admissions policy, but students are strongly advised to submit application materials for the upcoming academic year no later than February. Because of high numbers of applications, admissions have been closed by the end of the Spring semester, and applicants applying later are added to waiting lists. Applications for the Doctoral program are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters only (depending on available space).

Doctoral level students are permitted to take up to 9 credit hours of Higher Education courses as non-matriculated students. After this point students must be admitted and matriculate into the program before continuing with courses.

For general information about graduate admissions and study, please contact Speranza Migliore at or 315-443-2505.

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