2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University, located in the City of Syracuse in the center of New York State, is a private coeducational university comprising 12 undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges. Founded in 1870, the University today has an enrollment of more than 13,000 undergraduates and close to 6,000 graduate and Law students representing all 50 states, more than 100 countries, and a variety of social and economic backgrounds.

Syracuse combines the supportive network of a small college with the superior resources and enhanced research and immersion opportunities needed for students to achieve their academic and professional goals. Students will learn from world-class teachers, assist in critical research, collaborate across disciplines, and engage in the many-faceted intellectual, cultural, and social activities and events that comprise this vibrant campus community. In and out of the classroom, students will gain the knowledge, skills, and experience needed for them to excel in whatever field they choose to pursue.

Syracuse University’s picturesque main campus reflects its rich heritage, with an architectural mix of classic and contemporary academic buildings. The Hall of Languages and its early hillside companion, Crouse College, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. At the heart of the campus is its sweeping “Quad”-an open expanse of lawn and walkways, and a popular gathering place for students throughout the day.

Syracuse University is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 267-284-5000. Professional accreditation for each of the professional colleges and schools accords with the regulations of the appropriate professional association. For further information, contact the dean’s office of each school or college.

Syracuse University is committed to compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and all other applicable laws prohibiting disability discrimination. These statutes generally prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities and provide that no otherwise qualified person with a disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Students who may need assistance should contact the Office of Disability Services, Room 309, 804 University Avenue; 315-443-4498, 315-443-1371 (TTY), www.disabilityservices.syr.edu.

Tuition and Fees

Bursar Operations publishes the Syracuse University Bulletin: Tuition, Fees, and Related Policies, which provides information about tuition, room, meal plans, and other University fees. This publication is available online at http://bursar.syr.edu

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar for 2014-15 is available at http://syr.edu/registrar/acadcalendars/acaddl2014-15.pdf

Admissions and Financial Aid

Undergraduate Admission

To receive information about undergraduate admissions, please contact the Office of Admissions, 100 Crouse-Hinds Hall, 900 South Crouse Avenue, 315- 443-3611, or send an e-mail to orange@syr.edu. Visit our web site at admissions.syr.edu

Financial Aid

To receive information about financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs located at 200 Archbold North. Reach us by telephone at 315-443-1513, or send an e-mail to syr.edu/financialaid/contact_us. Visit our website for detailed financial aid information at syr.edu/financialaid.

Graduate Admission

Post-Secondary Education Requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant to a graduate program at Syracuse University must provide documentation of having earned the degree required for admission to the particular program or documentation demonstrating that the applicant will complete the required degree prior to beginning studies at Syracuse University. In most cases, this will be a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from another country. For some degree programs, this will be a master’s degree or its equivalent from another country. Degrees earned by international applicants must be from colleges or universities that are recognized by the national educational authority of the institution’s home country.

If admitted, students will be required to submit official degree bearing transcripts. All official documentation must bear the appropriate signatures and seal of the institution that issued it and must be received by Syracuse University in a sealed envelope directly from that institution.

For students who have received a degree(s) from a U.S. institution(s):

Documentation of a degree from a U.S. in situation is a transcript indicating that a degree has been awarded and the date on which it was awarded.

For students who have received a degree(s) outside the U.S.:

Documentation of a degree from an institution outside the U.S. consists of a diploma, certificate, or certificate of graduation indicating that a degree has been awarded and the date on which it was awarded AND a transcript (mark sheet, statement of marks, grade report) of all courses taken and grades for each course completed for the degree awarded.

To meet this requirement, contact the Registrar’s Office of the higher educational institution that conferred your degree and have one copy of your official transcript(s) sent to Syracuse University. All original transcripts must be in English or translated in English and notarized by the Registrar’s Office at the institution attended. The institution should mail official degree bearing transcripts to:

Enrollment Management Processing Center
Syracuse University
Graduate Admissions Processing
P.O. Box 35060
Syracuse New York 13235-5060

General Required Materials

Individuals interested in applying to a graduate program offered at Syracuse University must complete an official graduate application and submit one copy of records of all previous post secondary education. Most departments also require three letters of recommendation and scores from standardized aptitude tests. The Program Requirements List by School/College included in the Graduate Application contains the specific tests required by each academic unit.

International Students

Those applicants whose primary language of instruction has not been English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who are citizens of the following English-speaking countries are not required to submit TOEFL scores: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom.

Please be aware that exam scores are not generally available until four to six weeks after the exam is administered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that exam scores reach Syracuse by any applicable deadlines. All scores for TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT are reported to a single location at Syracuse University. The institution code for Syracuse University is 2823.

Each academic unit establishes acceptable scores and may also require other demonstrations of English language competence. Details are available from academic units directly.

If you are admitted and need to obtain a non-immigrant student visa to enter the U.S. or transfer to Syracuse University from another school in the U.S., you must show evidence of having secured sufficient funding for at least the first year of study. For a privately sponsored applicant, acceptable evidence of such funding consists of a certified current bank statement on official bank letterhead, signed by an authorized bank official, indicating that sufficient funds exist to meet at least first-year expenses in U.S. dollars. A government-sponsored applicant must submit an original award letter (or a certified copy of an award letter). The letter must state the annual amount of the award in U.S. dollars.

All financial documents must be written in English and valid within one year of the start of the semester. Please note that it is only possible to estimate the annual cost of attendance for graduate students because costs vary widely according to the number of credits taken as well as the lifestyle of the student.

Non Immigrant Alien Students

Syracuse University is authorized under federal law to enroll non immigrant alien students.

Graduate Financial Assistance

Many graduate students receive financial assistance, either through Syracuse University or outside programs. For a full list of funding opportunities, visit Funding Options in the Graduate School website for additional information and deadlines.

Hours of Operation

Academic Buildings

Academic Semester

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weekends: determined at the building occupant’s discretion, except for the weekend community building, which is open 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Summer (includes Maymester and Summer Sessions)

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Weekends: determined at the building occupant’s discretion, except for the weekend community building, which is open 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Opening weekends

Saturday-Sunday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in both fall and spring (when spring opening falls on Martin Luther King Day weekend, Monday hours may be set at the building occupant’s discretion).

During extended breaks when classes are not in session but the University is open, academic buildings are unlocked during regular University business hours (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. during the academic year, 8:00 - 4:30 in summer), at a minimum. On non-business days during those periods or during a semester, the building occupant(s) may set hours at their discretion.

Bird Library - click “hours” on the library’s website: http://library.syr.edu/ (extended hours adapted to semester schedule

Graduate, Law, and other professional schools expand schedules during certain periods. Information on specific academic programs and activities can be verified by calling 315-443-1870.

University Facilities

Syracuse University students learn, study, and play among the 300 buildings on 900 acres that make up the campus. The University’s 144-year history is reflected in buildings across campus, with architectural styles ranging from Romanesque to modern. Fifteen buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

  • The College of Arts and Sciences’ humanities programs are concentrated in the Hall of Languages, Huntington Beard Crouse Hall, Bowne Hall and the Tolley Humanities Building. Facilities for instruction and research in the sciences are located in the Life Sciences Complex, Physics Building, Heroy Geology Laboratory, Carnegie Library, Center for Science and Technology, and on South Campus at 621 Skytop Road.
  • The School of Architecture is located in Slocum Hall.
  • The Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science is housed in Link Hall, the Center for Science and Technology, the Syracuse Center of Excellence Headquarters, Bowne Hall, and the Institute for Sensory Research located on South Campus
  • The College of Law is located in the recently constructed Dineen Hall.
  • The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics includes the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition housed in Lyman Hall and 426 Ostrom Avenue; the Department of Child and Family Studies is located at 426 Ostrom Avenue; the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy is located in off-campus facilities in Downtown Syracuse; the Department of Sport Management, located at Drumlins Country Club; and the School of Social Work, located in Sims Hall. Administrative offices for Student Services are in Sims Hall, and the Dean’s Office is located at 119 Euclid Avenue.
  • The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is located in the three-building Newhouse Communications Complex along University Place.
  • The School of Education is housed primarily in Huntington Hall, with additional program and administrative offices in the Hoople Building, the Henry Center, and the Women’s Building.
  • University College is located at 700 University Avenue, between Marshall and Adams streets.

Overseas, SU Abroad houses programs in Florence and London, along with other sites.

Nationally, SU maintains a presence in New York City at the Joseph I. Lubin House, in Washington, D.C., at the Paul Greenberg House, and in California at the SU in LA offices. A variety of programs and events draw alumni, students, and friends to the centers.

Student Life Facilities

Students have a variety of housing options on Main Campus and South Campus. They can live in single rooms, double rooms, and suites in residence halls and apartments. Students can grab a meal or a snack at any of the five dining centers or several snack bars around campus.

The Schine Student Center is the hub of activity on Main Campus, housing a food court, auditorium, gallery, lounges, meeting rooms, game room, and student organization offices. The Schine also houses the main campus bookstore, which also has several on campus branches. The Carrier Dome is home to sporting events, Commencement, and musical and cultural events. An international student center, LGBT resource center, counseling center, off-campus and commuter office, the Women’s Building, Watson Theater, Robert B. Menschel Media Center, and several other facilities accommodate student services and extracurricular programs.

Recreation facilities abound throughout campus. Archbold Gymnasium, Flanagan Gymnasium, the Women’s Building, Ernie Davis Hall, and Marshall Square Mall contain fitness centers, swimming pools, gymnasiums, exercise rooms, dance studios, and courts for racquet sports. Manley Field House also is available for indoor recreation and student activities. Outdoor tennis courts and playing fields are located on both Main and South campuses. The Goldstein Student Center on South Campus serves Skytop and Slocum Heights students. The Tennity Ice Pavillion offers skating rinks for recreational and intramural skating sports. Hendricks Chapel, on Main Campus, sits majestically on the Quad as the focus of programs of the dean of the chapel. The St. Thomas More Chapel serves Roman Catholic students, and the Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life serves Jewish students.

Auxiliary Operations

Auxiliary service facilities include University Health Services and the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center. University administrative functions are conducted in Crouse Hinds Hall, the Women’s Building, Steele Hall, the Schine Student Center, and at 111 Waverly Avenue on Main Campus and in the Skytop Administrative Services Building and 621 Skytop Road on South Campus.

Academic Computing Services and facilities for administrative data processing are located in the new Green Data Center and Machinery Hall, with administrative offices located in the Center for Science and Technology.

The State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is situated on its own campus, adjacent to Main Campus.


On the web at library.syr.edu, the Syracuse University Libraries support teaching, learning, and research at the university by providing a wide array of on-site and online resources and associated research support services. Library hours are extensive, with 24-hour access in Bird Library from Sunday through Friday during the academic year. Libraries are equipped with wireless access, laptops and other equipment for loan, and provide a variety of study spaces, including group and individual study rooms, technology-equipped study rooms, and a silent reading room. Librarians and library staff provide both in-person and web-based services via chat, email, and other venues.

The SU Libraries include:

  • Bird Library, home to the Learning Commons, Pages (café), library administrative offices, and the Special Collections Research Center; houses humanities and social science materials;
  • The Carnegie Library on the Quad; features a quiet reading room; houses materials in science disciplines, technology, mathematics, and technical arts;
  • The Geology Library, adjacent to the Geology department in Heroy;
  • The Architecture Reading Room, located in Slocum Hall, and;
  • The Belfer Audio Archive, which houses historic sound recording collections and equipment.

Other separately administered campus libraries include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (African-American Studies Department), the H. Douglas Barclay Law Library (College of Law), and Moon Library (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry).

The library’s diverse collections in all university academic disciplines include more than 3.5 million printed volumes, over 100,000 online and print journals, as well as extensive collections of maps, images, sound and video recordings, music scores, microforms, rare books, and manuscripts. An interlibrary loan service delivers needed materials not owned by SU Libraries. Library workstations, including Macs and PCs, are equipped with standard campus software applications; also available are specialized software for multimedia production, and adaptive technologies for disabled users. Online resources are accessible to SU-affiliated users from any location, including residence halls, off-campus apartments, and international centers.

Information Technology and Services

Center for Science and Technology, 315-443-2677

Information Technology and Services (ITS) ensures that students at Syracuse University have access to a broad range of computing and information technology services. The services include high-speed wired and wireless Internet connections in buildings across campus, including wireless in all residence halls; high-tech, multimedia classrooms and collaborative spaces; e-mail; web conferencing; digital publishing; online teaching and learning; and campus computer labs equipped with the latest software technologies used in academic coursework, including statistical analysis, database management tools, and multimedia applications. Students also have access to space on the central computing system for file storage and for creating personal Web pages. More than 4,000 classes are supported via Blackboard, an online learning environment that enables anytime, anywhere student engagement. MySlice provides every student a secure, online gateway to all essential University resources including the course catalog, class registration and schedules, grades, transcripts, and accessing financial aid, tuition, housing and meal plan information and services. Additional computing resources for specific academic programs and research activities are available through the University’s schools and colleges. SU is a leader in developing and using World Wide Web technologies and is a member of the Internet 2 consortium. SU’s Green Data Center is a showcase of world-class innovations in advanced energy-efficient information technology and building systems, making it one of the world’s “greenest” computer centers.

Getting Help

In addition to maintaining the University’s computing and network services, Information Technology and Services (ITS) provides students with a variety of support options:

  • General information about SU computing and services offered by ITS can be found by searching the ITS public web site at http://its.syr.edu.
  • Help with NetID account issues is available on the ITS NetID Services web page at http://netid.syr.edu.
  • Students, faculty and staff can visit the ITS Service Center. Center location, hours and services are available on the ITS web site at http://its.syr.edu/support/student.cfm.
  • Students, faculty and staff can call the ITS Service Center at 315-443-2677, or e-mail help@syr.edu.
  • Online support information is available at http://answers.syr.edu.

Health Services

Located on campus at 111 Waverly Avenue, Syracuse University Health Services (SUHS) specializes in college health and serves the health care needs of SU and SUNY ESF students. SUHS provides student-centered ambulatory health care. On campus services include:

  • Office visits
  • Immunizations, vaccines
  • Laboratory
  • Ambulance & nonurgent medical transport
  • Travel medicine
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Health education
  • Public health monitoring and oversight

Office visits are provided by appointment. To make an appointment, call 315-443-9005.

Xray services and referral for specialty consultation can be arranged by the medical provider.


Medical records are maintained for all students and all information is kept confidential. Protected health information can ONLY be released with written consent of the patient.


Syracuse University Ambulance (SUA) provides basic life-support-level emergency medical and other services to the SU and SUNY ESF communities. For ambulance service, call 711 from a campus phone, #SU from a cell phone, or 315-443-4299.

Health Insurance

The University strongly recommends that students carry health insurance to cover expenses not covered by the Health and Wellness Fee and medical expenses incurred outside of Health Services such as specialized care, emergency room care, and hospitalization. Students should always carry their health insurance information with them. For more information, call 315-443-2668.

Immunization Requirements

Proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (which may be obtained by contacting your high school or primary care physician) and a completed response form related to meningococcal meningitis vaccine are required by New York State public health law.

The Health History and Immunization Form must be sent or faxed (315-443-9010) to Health Services prior to a student’s arrival on campus. If these documents are not received prior to arrival, students will risk strict administrative consequences, including the inability to register for classes.

If you do not have the information available to complete this form, or have questions, or concerns, please contact Health Services at 315-443-9005.

Additional information is available at health.syr.edu

Career Services

Suite 235, Schine Student Center
(315) 443-3616

Career Services is here to help students design their college experience and apply it to the world of work. From deciding on a major to searching for internships to preparing for interviews, Career Services provides individualized career guidance. Additionally, the office hosts large-scale events and programs that connect students with employers and SU alumni in their desired career fields.

Students are encouraged to utilize both the central Career Services office in the Schine Student Center, as well as the career office in their home school/college. Visiting both offices early in their college careers is recommended.

A brief description of services:

Career advising and guidance. Through advising sessions, formal assessments, and informational resources, the office’s career counselors can help students gain clarity in their academic and career interests. For students who know exactly what field they wish to pursue, counselors can assist in strategizing the internship/job search process. They can also help students build application documents such as resumes and cover letters, and strengthen interview skills. One special service provided by the office is the registration of internships for academic credit (discussed in more detail in Elective Internships).

Alumni Networking. ‘CuseConnect is a valuable resource for students as they explore careers and break into the working world. ‘CuseConnect is a LinkedIn group that allows current students to connect with, and learn from, SU alumni n their particular career fields. Each summer, SUccess In The City networking events allow students to meet with mentors and other established SU alumni in several geographic locations across the country, including New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Chicago.

Employer Connections. Each semester, Career Services hosts large-scale career fairs to connect students with employers in their desired industries. Typically, more than 100 employers attend these fairs, seeking to hire for internship and full-time positions. Additionally, Career Services manages OrangeLink, a searchable database which stores all of the internship and job postings submitted to SU from employers. OrangeLink, accessible to all SU students and alumni, is a particularly effective way to identify and apply for relevant positions.

Career Services also regularly provides workshops for classes, student organizations, residence halls, and other groups on campus.

For more information about Career Services, or to schedule an appointment with a career counselor, please call (315)443-3616.

Syracuse University Internship Opportunities

Elective Internships at Syracuse University

235 Schine Student Center, 315-443-3616

The Career Services office in Schine Student Center helps students find and arrange local and national internships (whether they carry academic credit or not). Internships may be taken during any semester or summer session. Career Services facilitates internships in most career areas and makes information about internship options available to graduate and undergraduate students from across the University. Students who want to receive academic credit for their internship are subject to the provisions and regulations of the school or college in which they are enrolled.

Elective internships can provide students with opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom, explore career options, develop specific career skills, and become involved with community service. The specific role of the intern varies with each host organization, depending upon the student’s goals, objectives, and skills and the organization’s needs and resources.

Supervisors in the host organization guide and monitor the intern’s work at the internship site. If the internship is taken for academic credit, then at the end of the internship the supervisor evaluates each intern’s work. This becomes part of the faculty member’s final evaluation of student achievement.

Every academic credit internship is guided by a faculty sponsor, a faculty member who has expertise relevant to the internship. The sponsor helps the student set goals for the internship and decides on the method of evaluating the experience. Interns may be required to keep journals, complete portfolios, or work on projects and papers. The faculty sponsor also awards the grade for the internship.

Internship Opportunities

Students can find pre-existing internships in many fields. In addition students can often develop their own internships, each of which must be approved by their faculty sponsor and academic program. Internships may be taken during the fall or spring semester, over winter break or during summer sessions, either in the Syracuse area, elsewhere in the United States or abroad.

Academic Credit

Once accepted for an internship, students must complete a learning proposal that describes the goals and activities planned for the internship and an online supplemental information (and waiver) form.

Internships for elective academic credit require at least 45 hours of internship work for each credit earned. Thus, during a regular 15-week semester, an intern may earn three credits by working an average of 9 hours a week. During summer sessions, work schedules vary widely and often include more than the minimum number of hours. All internship hours worked under the oversight of the faculty sponsor are considered part of the internship. The number of credits are determined by the specific department, school or college in which a student is enrolled. On average students register between 1 and 6 credits.

Work schedules are arranged by the interns and their site supervisors. The total number of credits awarded depends upon the nature of the tasks and responsibilities involved as well as the number of hours worked and in summer, the student’s financial resources.

During fall and spring semesters, full-time undergraduate students may include internship course credits as part of their regular course load, which allows up to 19 credits without incurring additional tuition charges. Undergraduates accepted for summer sessions internships pay tuition at the rate set for other summer credits. All graduate students and all University college students taking internships for credit pay tuition at the rates set for other credits.

Interns must be registered during the semester or summer session in which their internships take place. Retroactive credit is not granted.

For further information about local and national internship opportunities, program policies, and application and registration procedures, contact the Career Services office in Schine Student Center, or visit the Career Services web site, http://careerservices.syr.edu.

Interdisciplinary and Specialized Study

Syracuse University has long promoted the development of special programs and research groups, many of an interdisciplinary nature. Not only does Syracuse offer a wide array of interdisciplinary programs of study, but many individual courses provide students with considerable flexibility in developing their academic programs. Students enrolled in certain programs at Syracuse may also take selected courses at one of the two SUNY institutions adjacent to the campus, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Detailed descriptions and requirements of these programs are given in the appropriate colleges’ and schools’ listings in this catalog.

The interdisciplinary network at Syracuse also encompasses faculty members who serve in dual capacities, holding joint appointments in more than one department within the University or at other institutions. For example, some School of Education faculty members regularly instruct classes in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and vice versa. Other faculty members hold external appointments in addition to their posts at the University.

Graduate Study

Generally, graduate students select a program of study within one academic unit that leads to a degree conferred by the Graduate School. Students may also choose to pursue formal joint-degree programs. In such cases, the student is enrolled in more than one school or college. A dually enrolled student must meet the major requirements in each school. Examples of dual programs are the law/public administration (J.D./M.P.A.) program, the law/library science (J.D./M.S.) program, the law/business administration (J.D./M.B.A) program., and the law/cultural foundations of education (J.D./M.S) program, law/forensic science (J.D./M.A.), and law/computer science (J.D./M.S.).

Similar in concept to joint degree programs are concurrent degree programs, which also allow students to pursue programs of study in more than one discipline simultaneously, often with fewer total credit requirements than the two separate degrees. This plan leads to two degrees, one in each program of study. Concurrent degree arrangements are also available to Syracuse University graduate students and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students who wish to combine the study of public administration, law, management, education, or public communications with study in environmental science and forestry.

Similarly, The Master of Public Health (M.P.H) degree is a collaborative program, sponsored jointly by SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU) and Syracuse University (SU). Participating colleges at Syracuse University include the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the College of Human Ecology, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the College of Law.

Under the terms of a formal Scholar Exchange Program, Syracuse graduate students may avail themselves, for up to one year of study, of classes offered by Cornell University or the University of Rochester in addition to the courses and programs offered by Syracuse University.

The CASE Center

The Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) is a NYSTAR-designated Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) funded by New York State to support innovative, interdisciplinary research in complex information-intensive systems. CASE’s mission is to catalyze growth in the state’s high technology economy providing expertise in applications related to complex behavioral, information, and communication systems. CASE’s current technical focus areas include cognitive wireless communication, data fusion, data mining, command and control, security and assurance, bioinformatics, intelligent computing, and sensor network/management. These focus areas change and expand often as CASE engages new faculty and industry partners.

CASE also facilitates university-industry collaborative research; brings together interdisciplinary teams from industry and academia to foster innovation; identifies funding opportunities and assists in developing and delivering successful proposals and projects. CASE serves as an access point for industry to engage the University, supporting co-op and internship programs for students as well as sponsored research projects. Through CASE, graduate students with a variety of backgrounds can work with advanced information research and technology. In addition to close collaborations with faculty scientists and engineers, CASE offers students opportunities to gain practical real-world experience working directly with leading private sector companies in a wide range of industries. For students interested in entrepreneurship, CASE also offers a unique chance to participate firsthand in the launch of high-potential start-up companies through its on-campus incubator. A CASE experience can significantly enhance students’ professional development and career options.

The Graduate School

Ben Ware, Dean
Gabrielle Chapman, Associate Dean
207 Bowne Hall, 315-443-2543

Graduate study and research have been recognized as a critical piece of Syracuse University’s mission since its inception in 1870. Today, every school and college at Syracuse offers graduate study, and the University awards approximately 1,700 master’s degrees and certificates of advanced study and 150 doctoral degrees annually. A complete listing of graduate degree programs can be found in the Academic Offerings Tab section in this catalog.

Individual graduate programs are administered by departments or interdisciplinary committees and are subject to approval by the appropriate schools and colleges and by the University Senate. These policies and standards are administered by the Graduate School. All postbaccalaureate degrees are awarded through the Graduate School, with the exception of the J.D. degree, which is awarded through the College of Law.

Graduate students will learn from a full-time faculty of more than 800 scholars, many of them internationally or nationally recognized in their field, and will assist faculty both in the classroom and with important research initiatives.

All Syracuse University graduate degree programs, with the exception of law, are organized under the auspices of the Graduate School. Applications for admission are submitted to the Graduate School, which also confers degrees upon graduation. The graduate degree programs themselves, however, are offered by faculty of the University’s 12 academic schools and colleges. This unique organizational structure fosters intellectual collaboration and exploration across the disciplines while at the same time recognizing the highly specialized nature of graduate-level academic work.

Requests for information about graduate programs should be directed to the specific academic units offering those programs. Questions about University-wide policies should be directed to the Graduate School.

Syracuse University Graduation Rate

In compliance with the federal Student-Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, and regulations of the U.S. Department of Education, Syracuse University provides the following information to current and prospective students: Of the cohort of full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students who first enrolled at Syracuse University in fall 2007, 81.1 percent had earned their bachelor’s degrees as of August 2013. These beginning and end dates comprise 150 percent of the normal length of full-time study (4 years) needed to complete a typical undergraduate degree program. While this calculation meets the act’s requirements for determining a graduation rate, Syracuse University recognizes that many students for diverse reasons are unable or choose not to complete their degrees in a continuous sequence of full-time enrollment and, therefore, that the rate may not accurately reflect the commitment and achievement of its students. Moreover, the act’s stipulation that the graduation rate be that of the cohort of entering full-time students leaves out the significant population of part-time students who constitute an important part of the Syracuse University community.

Graduate Student Life

Graduate students at Syracuse University enjoy many academic, cultural, recreational, and social activities outside the classroom within the University’s vibrant campus life.

Students can choose from more than 200 student organizations, including performing arts groups; sports teams; and student-run print, radio, and broadcast media, to name a few. The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) takes an active part in formulating graduate policy, exploring problems of concern to graduate students, and is represented on the University Senate and the University Board of Trustees.

Several recreational facilities on campus draw students all hours of the day for invigorating workouts. Students can challenge a friend to a game of squash at Archbold Gymnasium, or master hip hop during a late night dance class. Facilities also include weight machines, free weights, and cardiovascular exercise machines, along with basketball, racquetball, and handball courts. For more structured activities, Syracuse University fields varsity teams in a number of sports for men and women. Some teams compete in the 50,000-seat Carrier Dome, located on campus.

Concert and lectures with nationally and internationally known presenters are held frequently at Hendricks Chapel and many other locations across campus. On-campus entertainment sources also include first-run and classic movies presented nearly every night of the week by various film societies; forums; art exhibitions; and plays. The Setnor School of Music organizes performances featuring students, faculty, and guest artists.

The Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service offers students the opportunity to get involved in service projects and volunteer activities. Opportunities for involvement extend into the community as well, with the University-city Connective Corridor initiative linking the campus by bus with downtown galleries, museums, theaters, music venues, and cultural festivals.

Traveling exhibitions and student and faculty art are shown throughout the year, principally in the Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery on campus. For stage performances, the John D. Archbold Theater is home of the professional Equity company Syracuse Stage. The intimate Experimental Theater is used for student productions.

Students gather at the Schine Student Center on Main Campus to meet friends, grab lunch at Schine dining, or pick up art supplies at the main bookstore. The Goldstein Student Center provides the same atmosphere for students residing on South Campus.

Adjunct Faculty and Teaching Assistants

Adjunct Faculty by School, Department, or Division

A & S - Curriculum/Instruction 2
A & S - Writing Program 4
African-American Studies 4
Architecture 6
Art & Music Histories 1
Arts & Sciences - Honors 19
Biology 3
BMC Engineering 1
Civil & Envirnmtal Engineering 4
Communication Rhetorical Study 4
Communication Sciences & Dis 3
Counseling & Human Services 3
Cultural Fndtn-Intergrp Dialog 1
Cultural Foundations Ed Curric 2
CVPA-Drama 19
CVPA-Foundation 10
CVPA-School of Music 42
Department of Art at Comart 5
Department of Art at Shaffer 6
Ed-Instructional Technology 3
Ed-Teaching & Leadership 7
Ed-Teach & Ldrship-Art Eductn 1
Ed-Teach & Ldrship Math 1
Ed-Teach & Ldrship Music 1
Elec Eng & Computer Science 7
English 1
Exercise Science 24
FALK Child & Family Studies 5
FALK Food Studies 1
FALK Marriage & Family Therapy 2
FALK Nutrition Sci & Dietetics 3
FALK Public Health 1
FALK Social Work 13
Fashion & Design Technology 2
Forensic Science Institute 5
History 1
Information Studies-Dean 36
International Relatns-Wash DC 2
Languages, Lit & Linguistics 26
Law College 12
Mathematics 12
Maxwell Dean’s Office 3
Mech and Aerospace Engineering 2
Moynihan Institute 1
Philosophy 2
Psychology 6
Public Admin & International Affairs 3
Public Affairs 1
Public Communications 31
Public Communications - SULA 4
School of Design 14
School of Management 22
Sociology 2
Transmedia Studies 11
UC Summer Programs Faculty 1
University College-Fin Stdt Sp 2
University College-SCP Gen Ad 15

TA’S by School, Department, or Division

A & S - Curriculum/Instruction 4
A & S - Women’s Studies 3
A & S - Writing Program 20
African-American Studies 8
Anthropology 14
Architecture 31
Art & Music Histories 4
Biology 25
BMC Engineering 12
CVPA-Foundation 8
CVPA-School of Design 1
CVPA-School of Music 15
Chemistry 61
Civil & Environmental Engineering 13
Communication Rhetorical Study 10
Communication Sciences & Dis 3
Counseling & Human Services 7
Cultural Foundations Ed Curric 6
Department of Art at Comart 14
Department of Art at Shaffer 6
Earth Sciences 23
Economics 29
Ed-Instructional Technology 4
Ed-Teaching & Leadership 13
Ed-Teach & Ldrship-Art Eductn 2
Ed-Teach & Ldrship Math 1
Ed-Teach & Ldrship Music 2
Ed-Teach & Ldrship Sci Teach 4
Elec Eng & Computer Science 35
Engineering-Dean’s Office 1
English 47
Exercise Science 9
FALK BMW Child Dev. School 2
FALK-Child and Family Studies 8
FALK-Nutrition Science & Dietics 11
FALK-Public Health 4
FALK-Sport Management 4
Geography 20
Higher Education 1
History 23
Information Studies-Dean 3
Languages, Lit & Linguistics 19
Mathematics 41
Maxwell Dean’s Office 5
Mech and Aerospace Engineering 20
Philosophy 23
Physics 25
Political Science 32
Psychology 22
Psychology Service Center 1
Public Communications 5
Reading & Language Arts 7
Religion 17
School of Management 27
Science Teaching 2
Sociology 15
Transmedia Studies 13
UC Summer Programs Faculty 3
University College-SCP Gen Ad 55

Syracuse University Roster

University Officers

Each officer’s year of appointment to the University staff is given in parenthesis.

Kent Syverud, B.A., J.D., (2014)
Chancellor and President

Eric F. Spina, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (1988)
Vice Chancellor and Provost

Louis G. Marcoccia, B.A., M.S., C.P.A., Ed.D. (1975)
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


David J. Smith B.S., M.B.A.,C.F.A. (2013)

Academic Officers

Andria Costello Staniec, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (1999)
Associate Provost for Academic Programs

Christopher Sedore, B.S. (1991)
Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management

K. Matthew Dames, B.S., M.S., J.D., Ph.D. (2008)
Interim Dean of the Libraries and University Librarian

Gina Lee-Glauser, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (2001)
Vice President for Research

Schools and Colleges

School of Architecture

Michael A. Speaks, Dean

College of Arts & Sciences

Karin Ruhlandt, Interim Dean

School of Education

Joanna O. Masingila, Interim Dean

College of Engineering & Computer Science

Laura Steinberg, Dean

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean

School of Information Studies

Liz Liddy, Dean

College of Law

Hannah Arterian, Dean

Martin J. Whitman School of Management

Kenneth Kavajecz, Dean

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

James B. Steinberg, Dean

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Lorraine Branham, Dean

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Ann Clarke, Dean

University College

Bethaida Gonzalez, Dean

Student Privacy Rights (FERPA)

Annual Notification of Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Syracuse University fully complies with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and its implementing regulations, each as amended (collectively, “FERPA”), and with guidelines recommended by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. FERPA gives students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records.

    Students should submit to the University Registrar (106 Steele Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1120) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University Registrar will make arrangements for access, excluding records and documents considered exceptions or to which a student has waived his or her right of access, and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Access will be provided within a reasonable time, not to exceed 45 days after the Registrar’s receipt of the student’s request.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are in accurate or misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy rights.

    Students who wish to ask the University to amend a record should obtain a Request to Amend or Remove Education Records form from the Registrar’s Office and clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of their rights of privacy. Note that this does not include a right to contest grades or other substantive matters accurately reflected in the records. Thus, this procedure may not be used to change a grade in a record unless the grade assigned was inaccurately recorded. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested, the University will notify the student in writing of the decision and of the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when he or she is notified of the right to a hearing. If the hearing results in a final determination not to amend the record, the student is permitted to place a statement with the record commenting on the contested information, stating his or her disagreement with the decision not to amend the record, or both.
  3. The right to provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

    A student has the right to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in his or her education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Set forth below is information about some of the circumstances in which FERPA authorizes such disclosures. The University reserves the right to make disclosures of information from education records without a student’s consent in these and other circumstances in which such disclosures are permitted by FERPA.
  1. The University may disclose education records without a student’s prior written consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests.
    A school official is:
  1. a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research or support staff position;
  2. a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent);
  3. a person serving on the Board of Trustees;
  4. a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks; or
  5. a person volunteering or otherwise performing services for the University.
    A school official has a “legitimate educational interest” when he, she, or it has a need to access student education records for the purpose of performing an appropriate educational, research, administrative or other function for the University.
  1. The University may disclose education records without consent to officials of another university, college or school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled, for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.
  2. The University may disclose education records without consent to parents of a dependent student as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, when proof of dependency has been provided. A “parent” is a parent, guardian, or someone acting as a parent who meets the IRS standard. (Note: Students should refer to their individual school/college policies concerning parental notification of information regarding academic misconduct and/or academic performance.)
  3. The University may disclose education records without consent to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.
  1. The right to prevent disclosure of personally identifiable information that Syracuse University has designated as “Directory Information.”

    Unless a student has followed the steps described below, the University may disclose “directory information” without consent in accordance with the provisions of FERPA. Directory information is defined as that information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Syracuse University considers the following to be directory information:

Current address and phone number
Permanent address and phone number
SU email address*

Academic awards and honors
Athletic participation
Dates of attendance
Degree(s) earned and date(s)
Full/part-time status
Majors(s)/degree program(s)
Photograph or other visual image
Prior postsecondary institutions attended
SU ID number
SU school/college(s)*

* Asterisked items are displayed in the University’s online directory

Students may block the public disclosure of directory information (in whole or in part) by filing a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form with the Office of the Registrar, 106 Steele Hall. Requests may be filed at any time, and remain in effect permanently (including after departure from the University) until removed, in writing, by the student. The Registrar’s Office will provide information about additional steps that must be taken by students who wish to prevent release of information regarding athletic participation and announcements of academic achievements to their hometown newspaper(s).

Filing of a Request to Prevent Disclosure will also prevent information from loading to Blackboard, an online course management system used in many SU classes, and may make a student ineligible for SUmail, SU’s student e-mail system. For such students who are required to use Blackboard for one or more classes, the Registrar’s Office will provide information about the additional steps that must be taken. Instead of SUmail, those who file a Request to Prevent Disclosure that includes their SU e-mail address will be provided an official SU e-mail account in the University’s administrative e-mail system.

Students should carefully consider the consequences of a decision to prevent disclosure of Directory Information. Regardless of the effect upon students, the University assumes no liability as a result of honoring instructions that such information be withheld.

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Syracuse University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

    Any student who has reason to believe that the University is not complying with FERPA should inform the University Registrar in writing. The Registrar shall promptly review all such allegations and initiate appropriate actions. In addition, students have the right to file complaints with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. Complaints may be submitted in writing to:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington DC 20202-5920
Phone: 1-800-872-5327

For additional information about the University’s FERPA policy, see http://supolicies.syr.edu/ethics/ferpa.htm. Questions about FERPA, students’ privacy rights, and compliance procedures may be directed to the Office of the Registrar, 106 Steele Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1120, 315 443-2422.

Related Policy: Computer Law (from item VII of SU Computing and Electronic Communications Policy

Under Article 156 of the New York State Penal Code, criminal sanctions are imposed for offenses involving computers, software, and computer data. The offenses include unauthorized use of the computer, computer trespass, computer tampering, and unlawful duplication or possession of computer-related material. Improper or unauthorized access to, or release or manipulation of, any student record in such form is included in such offenses. All computers, software, data, business records, and student records of the University in any form, electronic or paper, belong to the institution. Any person committing an offense with respect to them may be subject personally to criminal sanctions and other liability. Federal laws may also apply to some circumstances.

Distance Learning Students - Information

Registration of Distance Programs

Syracuse University’s degree and certificate programs delivered through distance education are registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). In addition to NYSED, some other states’ governing agencies require registration of our distance programs. We are in the process of registering our programs in those states.


Syracuse University is in the process of registering its distance education programs with the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Distance Learning Complaint Process for Out-of-State Students

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rule, Syracuse University is required to provide all prospective and current students with the contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning or correspondence education within that state.

Students residing in other states while enrolled in a course offered by Syracuse University are encouraged to utilize Syracuse University’s internal complaint or review policies and procedures, typically initiated within the academic department of the school or college offering the course, prior to filing a complaint with the state agency or agencies. However, if the complaint is not resolved through these processes, a student may use the following list (current as of May 2014) to identify the office(s) to which a complaint may be filed in the state in which the student resides. The State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) website provides additional information.


Alabama Commission on Higher Education
(334) 242-1998 (334) 242-0268


Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
(907) 465-2962 (907) 465-5316


Arizona State Board for Private Post-secondary Education
Student Grievance Procedure
(602) 542-5709 (602) 542-1253


Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Student Grievance Procedure (pdf)
(501) 371-2000


Colorado Department of Higher Education
Student Grievance Procedure
(303) 866-2723 (303) 866-4266


Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education


Delaware Department of Education
(302) 735-4000 (302) 739-4654

District of Columbia

Washington DC - Education Licensure Commission
Student Grievance Procedure
(202) 442-4343 (202) 442-4465


Florida Department of Education
Student Grievance Procedure
(850) 245-0505 (850) 245-9667


Idaho Board of Education
Student Grievance Procedure
(208) 334-2270 (208) 334-2632


Illinois Board of Higher Education
Student Grievance Procedure under Student Information
(217) 782-2551 (217) 782-8548


Iowa College Student Aid Commission
(515) 725-3400 (515) 725-3401


Board of Regents
Student Grievance Procedure
(785) 296-4917 (785) 296-7052


Kentucky Council on Post-secondary Education
Student Grievance Procedure
(502) 573-1555 (502) 573-1535


Louisiana Board of Regents
Student Grievance Procedure
(225) 342-4253 (225) 342-9318


Maine Department of Education
(207) 624-6600 (207) 624-6700


Complaints will be investigated by the Office of the Attorney General or the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Complaints should be directed to:

Maryland Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
200 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Student Grievance Procedure (pdf)
(410) 528-8662 (888) 743-0823 (toll free)


Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
Student Grievance Procedure
(617) 994-6950 (617) 727-0955


Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth
Student Grievance Procedure
(517) 373-1820 (517) 373-2129


Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Student Grievance Procedure
(651) 642-0567 (651) 642-0675


Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
(601) 432-6198 (601) 432-6225


Missouri Department of Higher Education
Student Grievance Procedure (pdf)
(573) 751-2361 (573) 751-6635


Montana University System, Montana Board of Regents
(406) 444-6570


Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Post-secondary Education
(402) 471-2847 (402) 471-2886


Nevada Commission on Post-secondary Education
Student Grievance Procedure
(702) 486-7330 (702) 486-7340

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Post-secondary Education Commission
Student Grievance Procedure
(603) 271-3494

New Jersey

New Jersey Commission of Higher Education
Student Grievance Procedure
(609) 588-3226

New Mexico

New Mexico Higher Education Department
Student Grievance Procedure
(505) 476-8400 (505) 476-8453

North Carolina

North Carolina Community College System, Office of Proprietary School Services
Student Grievance Procedure
(919) 807-7146 (919) 807-7164

North Dakota

North Dakota State Board for Career and Technical Education
(701) 328-3180 (701) 328-1255


Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools
Student Grievance Procedure
(614) 466-2752 (614) 466-2219


Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
(405) 225-9100
Oklahoma Department of Education - Private and Career Schools Office
(503) 947-5600 (503) 378-5156


Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Program Services
Student Grievance Procedure
(717) 783-6137 (717) 783-6139

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education
(787) 641-7100 (787) 641-2573

South Carolina

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
Student Grievance Procedure (pdf)
(803) 737-2260 (803) 737-2297

South Dakota

South Dakota Board of Regents
Student Grievance Procedure
(803) 737-2260 (803) 737-2297


Tennessee Higher Education Commission
(615) 741-3605 (615) 741-62307


Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
(512) 427-6101


Utah Division of Consumer Protection
Student Grievance Procedure
(801) 530-6601 (801) 530-6001


Vermont State Board of Education
(802) 828-3135


Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
(360) 753-7869

West Virginia

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Student Grievance Procedure
(304) 558-4016


Wisconsin Educational Approval Board

Student Grievance Procedure
(608) 266-1996 (608) 264-8477


Wyoming Department of Education
(307) 777-5712

Nondiscrimination and EEO Policy

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, national origin, citizenship, religion, marital status, age, disability, or perceived disability,sexual orientation, actual or perceived sex, gender identity or expression, military status, status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Syracuse University welcomes people with disabilities and in compliance with Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Services for students with disabilities are coordinated by the Office of Disability Services, Room 309, 804 University Avenue, 315-443-4498 (VOICE), 315-443-1371 (TDD).

Syracuse University supports equal opportunity in compliance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or gender.

Questions about any of the University’s equal-opportunity policies, including compliance with Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX, may be directed to the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services, Skytop Office Building, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 13244-5300; telephone 315-443-0211.

Campus Safety

It is Syracuse University’s policy to provide anyone, on request, with a printed copy of the University’s policies and procedures regarding campus security and safety, as well as crime rates and statistics for the most recent three-year period. A copy of Your Safety and Security at Syracuse University, a handbook that provides this information, is available from DPS. The handbook is updated annually.

The Syracuse University Department of Public Safety will provide upon request all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education.

US DOE website: http://ope.ed.gov/security/