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Graduate Student Information

Latest Updates

Additional COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted (June 15)

IMPORTANT: Guidance for International Graduate Students (June 3)

COVID-19 Update: Campus Access, Required Testing, Masks (June 1)

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More Information for Graduate Students

Financial Services

The Office of Financial Literacy has created a COVID-19 resource page to help students manage their finances during the pandemic.

For Prospective Students

There is currently no disruption to the Admissions process for our residential and online degree programs. For more information on these programs, visit the relevant Admissions page for the program of your interest.

For Current Students 

Academic Instruction and Coursework

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocols, graduate-level classes were offered in a variety of formats during the 2020 spring, summer and fall semesters. Going forward, for additional information regarding academic instruction at this time, please visit the Academic Continuity Resources page.

Research Activity 

All students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated or to have a medical or religious exemption on file.  For the most updated information, view the Frequently Asked Questions.

Protocol for Thesis and Dissertation Defenses

Given current guidelines, the Graduate School will support an online/video based defense. Students must submit their requests for a change in meeting format directly to their advisor for approval. The advisor will forward the approved request to Kristina Ashley at degreecert@syr.edu. The email must clearly articulate a plan for successful web-based hosting (e.g., using Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams or Zoom) and who will be participating remotely. The Oral Chair will note the change in their Report of Exam.

If you have questions or need assistance in making arrangements for video-based conferencing for a defense meeting, please contact Associate Dean Gabby Chapman.