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Please follow all instructions below for the specific program to which you are applying.

We will accept ONLY online applications. Applications must be submitted through CollegeNET's ApplyWeb.

Online Application Technical Support: For questions about your online application, or for other technical support, click here for CollegeNET's ApplyWeb's help center. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials arrive at Syracuse University by any and all applicable deadlines.


Application and Deposit Fee Payment Options

There is a non-refundable application fee of $75 for all applicants.

No application fee waivers are available. However, the Military, Veterans, and McNair scholars are not required to pay the application fee. This is an automatic fee waiver on the online application. 

If you have served, or are serving, in the Peace Corps, please contact Terri A. G. Zollo at tazollo@syr.edu or 315-443-2174 to make appropriate arrangements before you submit your graduate application to Syracuse University so that a fee waiver code may be issued to you.

We understand that there is a high volume need for financial aid in this regard, but we need to adhere to these fee waiver guideline policies.

If you wish to pay the non-refundable application fee of $75 directly to Syracuse University, there are several options for paying the application fee. Please visit this link for further information.


Additional Information for All Applicants

We welcome campus visits for applicants who have been admitted to the MFA in Creative Writing, the MA in English, or the PhD in English programs.

You MUST possess a BA or BS in order to apply to any one of our Graduate Programs.


MFA/CREATIVE WRITING

MFA Creative Writing online graduate applications are due by DECEMBER 15.


1. Writing Sample

FICTION APPLICANTS: UPLOAD your DOUBLE-SPACED 20-PAGE MAXIMUM writing sample through your online application by DECEMBER 15. In addition to uploading your fiction writing sample to your online application, please mail in one hard copy as well, with a vita or resume, by December 15 to: Sarah Harwell, Associate Director of Creative Writing, Department of English, Syracuse University, 401 Hall of Languages, Syracuse, NY 13244-1170. Please be sure hard copy writing submission is stapled — no paper clips, folders, clips, butterfly clips, binders, etc.

POETRY APPLICANTS: UPLOAD your 10-12 POEMS with your online application by DECEMBER 15. Do NOT mail in your poetry writing sample.


2. Submit online Graduate Application through CollegeNET ApplyWeb.


3. Statement of Purpose (upload to online application)

Describe in about 500 words your main academic interests, why you wish to study for the degree you've chosen, why you wish to study at Syracuse University, how you expect to finance your studies, and your plans for the future after you receive your degree.


4. Teaching Statement (upload to online application)

In a separate statement of no more than 600 words, explain your interest in teaching at Syracuse University as part of your graduate program, and describe the skills and experiences that could make you an effective and committed teacher. How is teaching related to your intellectual interests and career goals? Have you ever been a tutor, classroom teacher, or coach? If not, what experiences have prepared you for teaching, including work, community service, or developing your own strategies of learning? Draw on these experiences to explain the skills and philosophy of learning that you would bring to teaching. Although you are not expected to have formal teaching experience before coming to Syracuse University, all graduate students in English with teaching assistantships or fellowships will teach at some time while at Syracuse University. Teaching may include: being a teaching assistant for an English Department lecture course, teaching composition courses in the university's independent Writing Program, and designing and teaching one's own courses as a Teaching Associate in the English Department. The teaching statement will be assessed not only for its content but also for its writing.

NOTE: Please make one document which contains both your Statement of Purpose and Teaching Statement. Please make sure each are appropriately titled and then upload the one document.


5. Transcript(s) from Undergraduate/Graduate Institution(s) 

One (1) copy of records of all previous postsecondary institutions from which you have/will receive a Bachelor's, Master's, and/or Doctoral. You can submit your transcripts via the following methods:

  • Uploaded through CollegeNET ApplyWeb (preferred method).
  • Transcripts may also be sent electronically to grad@syr.edu.
  • You may have your institution(s) send the records to Graduate Admissions Processing in sealed envelope(s), signed or stamped across the seal. If records are received in an envelope with a broken seal, it may disqualify the application.

Official degree-bearing transcripts will be required upon admittance into the program. Failure to submit such degree-bearing credentials may result in revocation of the offer of admission or dismissal from a graduate program, should admission be granted. Such records must be sent directly to: Graduate Admissions Processing, P.O. Box 35060, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13235-5060.

Do NOT send transcripts to the Department of English.


6. Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

  • Recommenders are to upload their letters of recommendation through CollegeNET ApplyWeb (preferred method).
  • We accept Interfolio's letter of recommendation service. Interfolio letters of recommendation are to be sent to grad@syr.edu.
  • If you have a credential file, and/or if your recommenders will be mailing in their letters, please have them send their confidential letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes on which the recommender has signed across the seal. You should then forward them or have your recommenders send them directly to Graduate Admissions Processing, P.O. Box 35060, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13235-5060. Do NOT send letters of recommendation to the Department of English.

Do NOT send letters of recommendation to the Department of English.


Additional Notes for MFA Applicants

GRE Test scores are NOT required. Please disregard the submission of GRE test scores portion on the online application. This is a universal graduate application and you need NOT submit GRE test score results.

If you are an international student, you are REQUIRED to take the Test of English as a Foreign Languages (TOEFL)We will accept the IELTS scores (International English Language Testing System)You can self-report them on your online application.

Applicants who are citizens from the following English speaking countries are not required to submit TOEFL testing scores: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago and the United Kingdom.

See the FAQs for applying to our MFA program.


MA AND PhD IN ENGLISH

Application required materials are due by January 9.


1. Submit online Graduate application through CollegeNET ApplyWeb


2. General GRE Test Score Results / TOEFL Scores

The General GRE Test Exam is REQUIRED of MA & PhD applicants. Subject scores are NOT required. The TOEFL is REQUIRED of all students whose native language is not English. Applicants who are citizens from the following English speaking countries are not required to submit TOEFL testing scores: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad, Tobago, and the United Kingdom.

We do NOT accept IELTS scores (International English Language Testing System).

Applicants can submit a photocopied score report directly to Graduate Admissions Processing, P.O. Box 35060, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13235-5060 OR you can self report them on your online application. Our institution code is 2823, the code of English is 2501.

Do NOT send test scores to the Department of English.


3. Transcript from Undergraduate/Graduate Institution(s)

One (1) copy of records of all previous postsecondary institutions from which you have/will receive a Bachelor's, Master's, and/or Doctoral. You can submit your transcripts via the following methods:

  • Uploaded through CollegeNET ApplyWeb (preferred method).
  • Transcripts may also be sent electronically to grad@syr.edu.
  • You may have your institution(s) send the records to Graduate Admissions Processing in sealed envelope(s), signed or stamped across the seal. If records are received in an envelope with a broken seal, it may disqualify the application. Such records must be sent directly to: Graduate Admissions Processing, P.O. Box 35060, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13235-5060.

Official degree-bearing transcripts will be required upon the first semester of attendance in the program. Failure to submit such degree-bearing credentials may result in revocation of the offer of admission or dismissal from a graduate program, should admission be granted.

Do NOT send transcripts to the Department of English.


4. Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation

  • Recommenders are to upload their letters of recommendation through CollegeNET ApplyWeb (preferred method).
  • We accept Interfolio's letter of recommendation service. Interfolio letters of recommendation are to be sent to grad@syr.edu.
  • If you have a credential file, and/or if your recommenders will be mailing in their letters, please have them send their confidential letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes on which the recommender has signed across the seal. You should then forward them or have your recommenders send them directly to Graduate Admissions Processing, P.O. Box 35060, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13235-5060. Do NOT send letters of recommendation to the Department of English.

5. Intellectual Statement (upload to online application)

  • In a separate statement of no more than 800 words, outline the intellectual history that informs your decision to pursue graduate study in English. In what historical period(s), body of texts, and/or mode(s) of inquiry are you particularly interested and why? Do you bring any relevant experience, beyond that of a student, to this course of study? What do you plan to do with your degree? Be specific in your responses.
  • You do NOT have to submit a Statement of Purpose in addition to the Intellectual Statement. The Intellectual Statement is to be submitted in lieu of a Statement of Purpose. In other words, MA and PhD applicants submit the Intellectual Statement instead of a Statement of Purpose.
  • So in other words, MA and PhD applicants submit the Intellectual Statements instead of a Statement of Purpose

6. Teaching Statement (upload to online application)

In a separate statement of no more than 600 words, explain your interest in teaching at Syracuse University as part of your graduate program, and describe the skills and experiences that could make you an effective and committed teacher. How is teaching related to your intellectual interests and career goals? Have you ever been a tutor, classroom teacher, or coach? If not, what experiences have prepared you for teaching, including work, community service, or developing your own strategies of learning? Draw on these experiences to explain the skills and philosophy of learning that you would bring to teaching. Although you are not expected to have formal teaching experience before coming to Syracuse University, all graduate students in English with teaching assistantships or fellowships will teach at some time while at Syracuse University. Teaching may include: being a teaching assistant for an English Department lecture course, teaching composition courses in the university's independent Writing Program, and designing and teaching one's own courses as a Teaching Associate in the English Department. The teaching statement will be assessed not only for its content but also for its writing.


NOTE: Please make one document which contains both your Intellectual Statement and Teaching Statement. Please make sure each are appropriately titled and then upload the one document.


7. Writing Sample (upload to online application)

  • MA applicants in English must submit a 10 page (typed and double spaced) writing sample on or before January 9.
  • PhD applicants in English must submit a 10-25 page (typed and double spaced) writing sample on work they hope to do in a doctoral program on or before January 9.

Decision Notification

  • MFA, M.A., and PhD applicants will be notified of admission decisions no later than the end of April. Decisions will be sent via e-mail.