Ready to apply to a VPA graduate program? As a prospective graduate student, you will apply through the college’s Office of Recruitment and Admissions.
Our office is here to help you with the admissions process, financial information, and any questions you might have about life at Syracuse University and the college. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for information. General inquiries can be directed to .
If you are a current Syracuse University student, or if you recently completed a graduate program at SU, you may qualify for the internal admission process.
Syracuse University Admissions will provide you with even more information about applying to the University, including admissions procedures, requirements, and financial aid.
All prospective graduate students applying to VPA must complete Syracuse University’s online application and submit any additional materials (in many cases, a portfolio, audition, or interview) to complete your application. International students must also meet these requirements.
Please select your area of interest for more information about these additional requirements.
February 1 for all programs. December 15 is the early decision deadline for Art Therapy.
How do I apply for scholarships?
Applicants that apply by the deadline are eligible for competitive merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships. These awards are offered once admission decisions have been sent. There is not a separate application for award consideration. Learn more about our financial aid opportunities.
How much does the program cost?
Tuition is charged per credit with the (2022-2023) tuition rate is at $1,802 per credit. The Cost of Attendance is an estimate of what it will cost for a graduate student to attend Syracuse University for an academic year. Please email VPA Graduate Admissions at for an estimated cost based on your program of interest.
Do I need to submit official transcripts with my application?
Unofficial transcripts are accepted for application review. Official transcripts are required if an applicant is admitted and matriculates. It is required to provide enrollment management with an official transcript showing certification of a bachelor’s degree by the end of the first semester of graduate study. Students, who have submitted a FAFSA and will receive federal financial aid, must show degree certification prior to receiving funds (mid-August).
Do you offer housing for graduate students?
Ranked among the top ten most affordable cities in the U.S., Syracuse provides a wide array of living options. Suburban or urban neighborhoods near campus offer you and your loved ones the opportunity to grow and thrive in a richly diverse community.
Our Off-Campus Housing Finder is a great way to begin your apartment search. The Housing Finder was developed to provide a variety of housing options based on preferences important to you, and resources to better inform your selection.
On-campus Housing for Graduate Students
Syracuse University has long-term, on-campus housing options for new and returning graduate students. Fully furnished 2-bedroom townhouses are available for graduate students on Syracuse University’s South Campus. Space is limited.
Can I upload my English Proficiency scores after I submit my application?
Yes, but it may delay your admission decision. It’s always recommended to upload as soon as you are able.
What is the test minimum requirements?
90 for most programs
100 for Audio Arts and Design
6.5 for all programs
110 for all programs
Can I waive language test scores?
Applicants may be exempt from the English Proficiency requirements if they have completed a bachelor's degree earned from an accredited U.S. institution. If you are requesting an English Proficiency waiver for any other reason, please complete this form.
What is the institution code for Syracuse University?
Syracuse University’s institution code is 2823.
Do you offer conditional admission for language?
Yes, if the applicant is admissible except for language skills, the department can elect to admit them conditionally to the English Language Institute or until their scores reach an admissible level.
When do I have to submit proof of financial means?
As an international student at Syracuse University, you will need your transcript evaluated by an education service such as the World Education Services (WES), to be sure you meet our requirements and have an equivalent 4-year degree.
Do you accept a three-year degree?
All students must hold, or be in the process of receiving, a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. or its equivalent. To consider a three-year degree a WES evaluation stating its equivalency or an additional year of study of a post-graduate diploma or similar will be required.