Graduate Conditional Admissions

Academic English preparation for international students who wish to pursue a graduate degree at Syracuse University!

Graduate Conditional Admission at Syracuse University is for international students who are not qualified for direct admission because they have not yet reached the level of English language proficiency required for their graduate program.

The specific graduate admission requirements at Syracuse University are decided by each college or program, whose conditional admission may specify different paths for conditional admits to meet the programs’ English proficiency requirement. Graduate conditional admits have the option to enroll in academic English programs at the English Language Institute (ELI).

Through various academic English classes, the ELI helps future graduate students develop their academic English communication, writing, and presentation skills as well as the advanced research skills needed for success in their future graduate program.

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How Graduate Conditional Admissions Works

  1. Select the degree program that you are interested in from the list of participating graduate programs below and click to learn more.
  2. Follow the application instructions of your desired program on the program webpage and submit your application. Indicate your interest in a conditional admission because of insufficient English proficiency.
  3. If you receive a conditional admission offer from your desired program, you will find the options to fulfill the English proficiency requirement. Submit your online ELI Application if you decide to accept and enroll at the ELI.
  4. The ELI will issue your I-20 and admission materials via email once your application and supporting documents are received. You then will be able to apply for an F-1 student visa.
  5. Arrive at Syracuse University’s campus to start your study at the ELI.
  6. Upon successful completion of the ELI program, you will be admitted into your graduate program!

Participating Graduate Programs at Syracuse University

Currently, the graduate programs listed below offer Graduate Conditional Admission at Syracuse University. Please visit this page regularly for updates.

College of Engineering & Computer Science

College of Law

College of Visual & Performing Arts

School of Architecture

School of Information Studies

Whitman School of Management

Ask us a question about graduate conditional admission and the ELI academic English program.

In addition to the programs mentioned above, graduate programs at other colleges also offer conditional admission to international students. Please contact the appropriate school and/or college directly for more information.