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Phone: 302.857.6800
Fax: 302.857.6803



  School of Graduate Studies and Research

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Knowledge is essential to achieving your life goals and at DSU you will acquire the education and skills needed to be a competitive force in today’s changing global job market. Whether you are honing your skills for career advancement or preparing for an academic or research career, DSU has dedicated faculty and challenging curricula to empower you for life's road ahead.

Most students will agree that our world-renowned faculty helps set us apart from other colleges and universities. We have some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated instructors in higher education today with years of practical experience that help students connect theoretical knowledge to applications relatable in their respective professions as well as their daily lives. Our small graduate student-to-faculty ratio provides opportunities for student engagement not possible in larger settings; ensuring that you will receive the attention needed to grasp the concepts and theories in your discipline.

At DSU, you might discover a new scientific approach in one of our state-of-the-art laboratories in the Mishoe Science Center or you might uncover some little known historical facts or relics in and around Delaware. The range of disciplines and learning opportunities is vast, and discovering your niche at DSU can lead to a world of exciting career choices. Choose any one of 25 master’s degrees or five doctoral programs, and embark upon a journey that will lead you to a competitive and adventurous career.

Mission Statement

The School of Graduate Studies and Research supports the mission of the University by providing infra-structural support for the development and implementation of transformative, high quality, graduate and professional degree programs that prepare leaders for the complexities of the 21st century.

Vision Statement

The School of Graduate Studies and Research will promote the vision of the University by offering graduate and professional degree programs that conform to the highest standards required by respective accrediting and funding agencies in DSU’s pursuit of excellence.

Core Values

  • Community
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Scholarship
  • Outreach

2013-2014 Goals and Objectives

The School of Graduate Studies and Research will address four key areas necessary for the successful matriculation of graduate students at Delaware State University.

  • Admissions Processes – Review the current admissions process to ensure an efficient, effective, and decentralized graduate admissions process.
  • Academic Quality – Review and implement policies and procedures to insure the quality of our academic programs.
  • Student Services and Records Management– Implement and maintain a records management system for all currently enrolled graduate students consisting of admissions data, student progress to degree, admission to candidacy, defense of thesis or dissertation, time to degree, and graduation.
  • Co-curricular and Professional Development Activities – In collaboration with the Graduate Student Association and academic programs, The School of Graduate Studies and Research will provide services and implement activities for graduate students that provide professional development and networking opportunities.



Dr. Saundra F. DeLauder
Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

Mrs. Marquita Thomas Brown
Interim Director, Graduate Student Services
Mrs. Katherine Arlotta-Luke
Senior Secretary

Graduate Research Symposium 

2014 Graduate Research Symposium will be held April 25, 2014.
Open to students, faculty, staff, administrators and community. Registration is required

Recap of Graduate Research Symposium 2013!

Apply to Graduate School 

Complete an online application and follow the instructions for submitting supporting documentation. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 302.857.6351 or 800.845.2544 with any questions regarding the graduate application process. For questions about your program of interest, please contact the program directly.

Graduate Studies Deadlines

  • January 10, 2014 - Satisfy conditions of summer 2013 and fall 2013 provisional admission is January 10, 2014. See the Educational Testing Service website regarding testing sites and testing dates or contact your program for details
  • January 17, 2014 - Submission of Advisory Committee and Candidacy forms to the School of Graduate Studies and Research for May 2014 graduation. 
  • January 29, 2014 - Submission of Graduate Applications and Audits to the School of Graduate Studies and Research for May 2014 graduation
  • February 3, 2014 - Purge date for graduate students that have not met their financial obligations
  • March 17, 2014 -  Scheduling of thesis and dissertation defenses with School of Graduate Studies and Research for May 2014 graduation 
  • March 17, 2014 - Submission of comprehensive exam results to the School of Graduate Studies and Research for May 2014 graduation
  • April 11, 2014 -  Completion of theses and dissertations defense for May 2014 graduation. All corrections must be reviewed and approved by the Committee Chair and Program Director prior to submission to the School of Graduate Studies for approval 
  • April 17, 2014 - Submit defense outcomes to the School of Graduate Studies for May 2014 graduation
  • April 25, 2014* - Last day to file final copies of theses and dissertations with School of Graduate Studies and Research for May 2014 graduation
  • May 2, 2014 - Last day to submit theses or dissertations to the library for binding for May 2014 graduation 

*Thesis should be properly reviewed prior to final submission to Graduate Studies April 25, 2014 SGSR will not be editing thesis. If not properly formatted they will be sent back to the Department.