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Graduate Admissions

Whether your goal is career advancement or a career in academia or research, Delaware State University can help you prepare for the road ahead. Our small graduate student-to-faculty ratio sets us apart from larger institutions by providing more opportunities for you to grasp the concepts in your discipline and work alongside faculty on ground-breaking research and projects. Explore our graduate admissions information and learn more about the graduate programs offered at Delaware State University.   

Admissions Procedures

For admission to graduate study at Delaware State University, you must show evidence of having earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and possess the ability to carry out graduate work of high quality. General admission deadlines and standards are established by the School of Graduate Studies and Research however some graduate programs have earlier deadlines and more stringent admission requirements than those noted. Also please note that some programs only admit once per year therefore you are advised to contact your program of interest prior to submission of your application.

To apply, submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

  • A completed online application and a non-refundable $50 application fee. 
  • Proof of having earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and a 3.0 average in your undergraduate major;
  • An official transcript from each college or university attended; International students should have transcripts evaluated by the World Education Service (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), Global Credential Evaluations, Inc. (GCE), or the Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and then forwarded by the evaluating organization to the Office of Admissions.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate courses in the field in which you  plan to pursue a graduate degree;
  • Letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your potential for graduate study; and
  • Official scores on the GRE, GMAT, MAT or other exam defined by the graduate program or department to which you are applying.
  • Students scoring below the 50th percentile on the verbal and/or analytical writing section of their standardized examination may be required to demonstrate additional proficiency.

International Applicants

In addition to meeting general application requirements, non-English speaking international students applying for admission to graduate study at Delaware State University must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language. This proficiency requirement may be satisfied by meeting criteria in any (1) of the following categories:

  1. Foreign applicants who hold the baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States are presumed to be proficient in the English language. 
  2. Foreign applicants who hold the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a foreign institution in which English is the language of instruction are presumed to be proficient in English. 
  3. Foreign applicants who do not meet the requirements outlined in 1 and 2 above must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants should attain a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL (paper-based test), or a 79-80 (new internet based TOEFL) or a 5.5 minimum IELTS score.
  4. International applicants must provide AACRO, WES or ECE evaluated transcripts 60 days prior to enrollment noting completion of the baccalaureate degree.

Learn more about student Visas for the purpose of enrolling at Delaware State University as a graduate student.

Prior to acceptance, international students must place a Financial Statement Form on file with the Office of International Affairs.

Applicant Decisions

Complete applications are reviewed and evaluated by the respective department, which recommends action to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. He/she then provides official notification to the applicant regarding admission.

Contact Information

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1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Daytime: 302.857.6060
Evening: 302.857.6290

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