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Graduate Student Handbooks

The VPA Graduate Student Handbook [PDF 609KB] answers many frequently asked questions and advises you on a number of academic procedures. Some graduate programs have department-specific handbooks as well, including the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and the Setnor School of Music.

If you don’t find the information you’re looking for, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Success at 315.443.2517 or

Academic Forms

Program of Study Form

This form must be filled out during your final semester in order for you to graduate. The form can be downloaded on the Graduate School website forms page.

Internal Admission Form

This form is used to apply to another graduate program at Syracuse University, to be completed concurrently or consecutively. Instructions and a link to the form can be found on our Internal Admission page.

Petition to Faculty Form

This form is used to transfer credits, petition a course to count toward your degree, or to withdraw from a course. The form can be downloaded from the Graduate School website forms page.

Independent Study Form

This form is used to propose an independent study course. The form will be filled out in conjunction with the faculty member you will work with throughout the semester. The form can be downloaded from the Office of the Registrar website forms page.

Academic and Financial Resources

Future Professoriate Program

The Future Professoriate Program (FPP) aims to prepare graduate students for the range of responsibilities they will encounter as future faculty members. Qualified graduate students are eligible to join this award-winning program, ranked among the premier models for Teaching Assistant training in the United States.

FPP offers a series of seminars designed to assist graduate students, as well as a conference in mid-May.

Art School in the Art School

The Art School in the Art School seeks to generate a creative and intellectual community through an open school/open source structure. Through classes, discussions, reading groups, critique groups, and activities, the Art School in the Art School seeks to create an experimental environment for shared inquiry through self-organized and self-generated activities.

Career Services

Syracuse University Career Services helps students with a wide range of career-related issues. Whether it is by helping to find internship and job prospects, reviewing resumes, or conducting mock interviews, Career Services supports students on their future career paths.


Visit our Support and Funding page for information on grants and fellowships.

Other Resources

Faculty and staff in programs have answers to many of your program- and major-specific questions. Your faculty advisors will also be indispensable resources for you.