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Graduate Student Information

Latest Updates

COVID-19 Update: Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions (Jan. 22)

Over the last several weeks, the University has provided a lot of information about return to campus, including related to move-in, testing, quarantining, campus life, etc. Read full update

Important Information Regarding Proof of Eligibility for and Access to the COVID Vaccine (Jan. 16)

We are writing to provide you new information from the Onondaga County Health Department related to the COVID-19 vaccination distribution process. Read full update

COVID-19 Update: Vaccination, Testing, Important Reminders, Zoom Sessions​ (Jan. 15) 

Today’s message addresses some very important information related to return-to-campus procedures, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, and other important public health information​. Read full update

Spring 2021 Pre-Arrival Testing and Quarantine Requirements for Syracuse University Students (Jan. 14)

Spring Check-In Procedures for Syracuse University Students (Jan. 13)

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 data collection activities for non-essential human subjects research are on hold, including graduate student research. A Return to Human Participant In-person Research Guidance is in development.

If a graduate student has received approval to be on campus, they must adhere to on-campus social distancing protocols and follow enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures.

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 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.