2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Dec 04, 2022  
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University College

Image of Michael J. Frasciello

Michael J. Frasciello, Interim Dean
700 University Ave.

About the College

University College (UC), is the home of part-time and summer studies at Syracuse University. UC offers a variety of credit and noncredit classes for part-time students during the fall and spring semesters, and for full-time, part-time, and visiting students during the summer. Part-time students receive Syracuse University degrees upon completion of their academic program.

UC also offers unique and valuable summer programs for high school students, administers educational programs for international students, is actively engaged in the University’s commitment to serving veterans and their families, and enhances the local community through its continuing education and outreach programs. UC serves its constituents throughout their lifespan, engaging a spectrum of people from elementary school students to retired professionals.  It enriches their lives by applying the knowledge and resources of a major university toward community issues and problems. University College acts as a bridge between the academic purposes of Syracuse University and the interests and needs of the community.


Our Mission

To provide exceptional support and services for a diverse population seeking access to Syracuse University. To act as an entry point for students, an innovator of programs, a connector across campus disciplines, a builder of bridges to the community, and a partner for business.

Graduate Programs

Part-Time Graduate Education at UC

If you would like to pursue a graduate degree but are unsure of the area of study, meet with a UC academic advisor to get an overview of SU programs. You will then be referred to the appropriate academic department. If you want to take SU graduate courses as a non-matriculated graduate student, you must enroll through UC.

Important Note for Non-matriculated Graduate Students

The SU Graduate School’s regulations strongly encourage anyone enrolling at the graduate level to take no more than two courses (six credits) before being admitted to a graduate program of study. There are limitations on credits completed on a non-matriculated basis that may later be applied toward a specific graduate program. Students should consult the specific academic department. If you are about to enroll for courses that will take you beyond an accumulated total of 12 graduate credits (four three-credit courses), you should (1) take immediate steps to become a matriculated degree candidate, and (2) secure written permission from the appropriate academic department to continue to take its graduate courses as a non-matriculated student.

For an application for graduate study, call 315-443-4492 or visit the web site.

Summer Programs

Summer Sessions

MAYmester - an intensive, two-week session
Session I - six weeks (mid-May to late June)
Session II - six weeks (early July to mid-August)
Combined Session- 7- to 12-week session (mid-May to mid-August)

Attending summer sessions enables students to take courses they couldn’t enroll in during other semesters. Additionally, students visiting from other colleges can, with permission from their home school, take courses at SU during the summer and transfer their credits to their own university.

The Summer Course Schedule is available at the beginning of March. Students may also search for classes in MySlice.

Summer College for High School Students

High school students can take undergraduate courses, earn college credits, and explore potential majors while taking part in campus life through Summer College. Two-week, three-week, and six-week programs are available - some credit and some noncredit. For more information, contact the Summer College office, at 315-443-5000 or sumcoll@syr.edu, or visit the web site.

Summer Start

SummerStart is a six-week residential program that is specifically designed for incoming first-year students. The program is offered during Summer Session II. Students may earn up to 8-9 credits toward their degree program, as they become more familiar with the academic, social, and cultural life at SU. SummerStart helps to ease the transition into college, expands academic options, and affords students the opportunity to become a more self-assured and confident first-year student. For more information, contact the SummerStart office at 315-443-5045 or SUstart@syr.edu, or visit the web site.

Student SUccess Initiative

The Student SUccess Initiative (SSUI) program is committed to the retention of students. In partnership with SU’s schools and colleges, SSUI provides a comprehensive learning community experience that includes personal coaching, quiet study areas, tutorials, and social activities. To qualify for the SSUI program, students must show some indication that they are academically “at risk” and are dedicated to making a change in their approach to academic and personal development. For more information, contact the SSUI office at 315-443-1095 or ssui@syr.edu, or visit the web site.


Winterlude is a four-week session between fall and spring semesters. All classes are either fully online or off campus, occurring at alternate domestic or international locations.  Taking a Winterlude class provides students the opportunity to take a course they couldn’t enroll in during other semesters. Full-time SU students must receive permission from their home school/college prior to class registration.  Additionally, students visiting from other colleges can, with permission from their home school, take an SU Winterlude class and transfer their credits to their own university. The Winterlude Class Schedule is available in October. Students may also search for classes in MySlice.

For more information, call 315-443-3261 or visit our web site http://winter.syr.edu


English Language Institute

David Lind, Director
700 University Avenue, Suite 207

English Language Institute (ELI) courses are designed for international students and professionals who are interested in short-term or long-term study to improve their English skills. This full-time intensive program is offered through University College. Five levels of Academic English courses are offered. Many of the students have been conditionally admitted to Syracuse University and need to increase their English proficiency before enrolling in a degree program. Completion of the level 4 (high intermediate) course will waive the university’s TOEFL requirement for most undergraduate and some graduate programs.

Courses of varying length can be designed for individuals or groups with specific needs and disciplines (e.g., architecture, business, engineering, etc.). The Legal English program offered every summer is an example of this type of specialization where students can prepare before starting in an LL.M. (Master of Laws) program at an American university.

Highly qualified instructors, a great deal of personal attention, and intensive exposure to English language instruction enable students to make the necessary progress. Enrollment is limited and admission is by application only. For more information about the ELI, call 315-443-8571, email elimail@syr.edu, or visit the website at eli.syr.edu.


Veterans Resource Center (VRC)

Veterans are a part of the thriving Syracuse University community. SU’s Veterans Resource Center is dedicated to assisting prospective and current students as they navigate Veterans Affairs and University administration. The SU Veterans Lounge, staffed by fellow veterans, is a place where student-veterans make connections and share strategies and support while acclimating to college life. The Student Veterans Organization is a recognized student organization supported by the Veterans Resource Center. A chapter of the national S.A.L.U.T.E. honors society for veterans (salute.colostate.edu/) inducts Syracuse student-veteran members annually. Syracuse University’s proud history of serving veterans dates back to World War II. We remain committed to supporting those who have served our country. For more information, call 315-443-3261 or visit our web site vrc.syr.edu.

Arthur O. Eve HEOP

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) for part-time students, administered by University College, is designed for first-time college students and transfer students from other opportunity programs. It provides academic and financial support for people of all ages who, because of educational and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend college. This is the only HEOP program for students who can study on a part-time basis in New York State.

For more information on the HEOP program, call 315-443-3261 or visit the web site.

University College Honors

University College celebrates the accomplishments of those students who achieve extraordinary success in their studies with the following forms of recognition.

Alpha Sigma Lambda - Matriculated part-time candidates for the bachelor’s degree may be invited to join Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for continuing education students, represented at SU by the Beta Delta chapter. To qualify, part-time students who have earned at least 24 credits, have maintained a 3.2 GPA, and are in the top 10-20% of the class may be selected as initiates.

Dean’s List - Matriculated part-time students enrolled at University College are selected for the dean’s list at the end of the fall or spring semester, if they have enrolled in consecutive semesters with a total of 12 or more credits and earned a 3.4 GPA.

University Honors - Students who achieve superior cumulative GPAs are eligible to receive their degree with University Honors. This honor is based on a minimum of 60 credits of letter-graded classes taken at Syracuse University.

See the current issue of Academic Rules  for a complete statement of University policies and requirements.