​Equivalence of a U.S. Bachelor’s Degree

As an applicant to a Syracuse graduate program, you’ll need to provide official documentation of having earned at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in another country. Some Syracuse programs require a master’s degree, and this must be officially documented before enrollment as well.

Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree are required by some programs to demonstrate a minimum of three years of study beyond the B.S. degree. It’s best to check what documents you’ll need with the staff in your individual program of interest. In all cases, you must have graduated from a college or university that is recognized by the national educational authorities of that country.

You may also use World Education Services (WES) to verify that your degree is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. A WES credential evaluation makes it easier for admissions officers to understand your degrees, courses, and grades in U.S. terms.


General Equivalents to a U.S. Bachelor’s Degree

By country/region

  • Canada: A three-year bachelor’s degree from Quebec or a four-year bachelor’s degree from the other provinces
  • Latin America: A university degree requiring four years of study
  • United Kingdom and countries following the British pattern: A bachelor’s degree with honors
  • France and countries following the French pattern: A licence if earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration, otherwise a degree or diploma requiring four years of study after the baccalaureate, usually the Maitrise
  • Germany: A Bakkalaureus degree if earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration, otherwise completion of the diploma
  • Other European countries: A university degree requiring a minimum of three years of study, if earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration, otherwise a university degree requiring a minimum of four years of study
  • India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal: A bachelor’s degree in engineering/technology or a master’s degree in any other field
  • Other Asian countries: A university degree requiring four years of study