Admissions Requirements

In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, Syracuse University is accepting unofficial transcripts for admissions decisions to online programs.

To be considered for admission to ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse, applicants must: 

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution
  • Have at least five years of managerial work experience with progressively greater levels of organizational responsibility, particularly in areas such as budgeting, hiring and supervising employees, and strategic planning
  • Demonstrate fluency in English if living in a non-English-speaking country
  • Show proof of proficiency in algebraic and geometric principles to enroll in some courses

There is no minimum undergraduate GPA requirement and, like many executive education programs, no GRE or GMAT scores are required to apply to the program.

Application Requirements

To apply to the Executive online MPA program, applicants are required to complete or submit the following:

Online Application

The online application will walk you through each required item.

Application Fee

The application fee is $75, and it is nonrefundable. If you apply by the early priority deadline, the application fee will be waived. If you apply by the priority deadline, the application fee is $45.

Application fee waivers are available for active-duty service members, veterans, McNair Scholars, current Syracuse University undergraduate and graduate students, Syracuse University alumni, and Syracuse University employees. Speak with an admissions counselor to learn more.

Personal Essay

A personal essay outlining a student’s background, goals, and reason for pursuing an Executive MPA degree is required.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional connections. We strongly recommend that at least one letter comes from a professional connection who can speak to the applicant's management experience, ability to succeed in a rigorous academic environment, and potential for leadership.

Official Transcripts

Official degree-bearing transcripts are required. You may be required to submit transcripts from the other academic institutions you have attended as well. Please send transcripts to:

Syracuse University
Application Processing Center
PO Box 30096 017-001
College Station, TX 77842

Many schools issue official transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available, applicants should request their transcript(s) be sent to This will expedite transcript delivery and application completion.

Resume or CV

Applicants must submit an up-to-date copy of their resume or CV.

GRE Not Required

GRE scores are not required to apply to ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse; however, students with valid GRE scores are encouraged to submit them as part of their application. The school code for Syracuse University is 2823.


Given the importance of mathematics in the curriculum, incoming ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse students are strongly encouraged to review key algebraic and geometric principles through the ALEKS course. Students should demonstrate proficiency in these key concepts prior to starting PAI 897: Fundamentals of Policy Analysis.

ALEKS starts with a diagnostic test to determine what topics you need to review. You will then be taken to a personalized mini- course to work through each topic through instruction, practice problems, and worksheets.

Students will pay $40 to access the customized math preparatory course for six weeks.

Request information to learn more about ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse or contact Admissions at
Phone Number: 866-376-3167.