What do I need to Apply?

  • Syracuse University Graduate application
  • A baccalaureate (B.S., B.A., etc.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with an overall undergraduate grade point average of B (3.0) or better, and grades of B (3.0) or better in undergraduate English/writing courses.
  • A record of significant involvement and/or work in student affairs or higher education.
  • An ability to write well as demonstrated in the personal statement
  • Resume
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation: one must be from a faculty member that has had you in class; the other two can be from supervisors, advisors, mentors, etc.
  • TOEFL if applicable
  • Note: no GRE scores are required

Faculty take a holistic approach to master's degree decisions. We consider your undergraduate GPA, your recommendations, your personal statement, and your resume. However, a sound academic background, particularly the last two years in college, and evidence of strong writing are weighed strongly.

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 Master's degree.

This program can be completed either full time (two years) or part time (three years). Students must take at least three courses per year and complete the degree within four years.

Graduate Assistantships

A Graduate Assistantship can help students fund their graduate education, but are not required for the Higher Education master's program. Competitive listings across campus can be found on the SU Human Resources job websiteWe encourage you to apply for all the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management openings. The GA application process is separate from the HED admissions process so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible, ideally before February 8 of each year.

What Is the Application Deadline?

The Higher Education program has a rolling admissions policy, but students are strongly advised to submit application materials no later than February 1 for the following fall semester, so students enter the program as a cohort.

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

Ready to apply?

Syracuse University Graduate School Application