Syracuse University’s MBA and Master’s Programs Adjust Admissions Timelines Due to COVID-19

UPDATE (as of May 29, 2020):

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our daily lives and has added some flexible options to the Fall 2020 application process for master’s degrees. We had recently added a fifth application round with a deadline of May 15 with the hope that it will provide more time for candidates to apply.

Recently, the Enrollment Management Team have received an overwhelming number of requests to extend the deadline. Considering the uncertainties posed by the pandemic and in view of our mission to make the application process as seamless as possible, the Whitman School has now extended the application deadline until June 15.

The Enrollment Management Team urges you to prepare and submit your completed application as soon as you are able. Please reach out to our recruiters with any additional questions via email:

Syracuse University’s full-time MBA and on-campus master’s programs have made some changes to its admissions cycle in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional round of applications will be accepted by May 15. In addition, the Duolingo English Test has been added as an alternate option for the IELTS/TOEFL exam. The minimum score requirement is an overall score of 120.

There also are dedicated virtual rooms available to meet with candidates who have questions. To make an appointment for a virtual meeting, email

“We want candidates to still be able to apply and pursue graduate education this fall once we get through this together,” says Christopher Wszalek, executive director of graduate admissions and student recruitment. “We also have financial aid available to qualified candidates; nearly all our students are eligible for scholarships.”

Syracuse University is also offering assistance to all of its graduating seniors who are admitted to a graduate degree program starting in Fall 2020. The 2020 Forever Orange Scholarship program offers a 50% tuition scholarship; the Whitman School is waiving the GMAT/GRE for SU seniors who apply for a master’s degree. In addition, Whitman School master’s students who are graduating in May are eligible for the 50% tuition scholarship, if they enroll in a second master’s degree starting in Fall 2020.

“We are now offering more application fee waivers that students can obtain by submitting a simple request form on the Whitman website,” says Wszalek. “Once the May 15 deadline passes, we will continue to accept and review applications on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure they are in the application system.”

The full-time Syracuse MBA program is designed to provide students with a collaborative and customized experience that prepares them for success in today’s ever-changing global marketplace. Through real-world, practical learning experiences and in-depth specializations, students gain the skills needed to become an effective leader. Syracuse’s relevant and rigorous MBA curriculum is enhanced through experiential learning, which provides hands-on practice to develop critical thinking skills and apply classroom lessons in solving complex business scenarios. Students choose to specialize in one of seven concentrations, including accounting, business analytics, entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, finance, marketing management, real estate and supply chain management.

In addition, the Whitman School offers six full-time master’s programs—accounting, business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and supply chain management. 

The Whitman School is a proud partner of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) through the NBMBAA Collegiate Partnership Program, which aims to increase awareness and facilitate access to graduate and business education programs.

For more information about the Whitman School’s master’s programs, visit the website.