Graduate programs at the University of Delaware each have their own unique admission requirements, funding options, deadlines, review processes and decision timelines. Understanding how your program of interest structures each of these areas is key to having a productive and positive applicant experience. Please read carefully the information contained on the webpages below and thank you for considering the University of Delaware as your partner in education.
Update as of September 1, 2011.
The University of Delaware is a highly ranked research University. As such, our master and doctoral degrees attract students from around the world. Please read these special instructions carefully to understand our online application process:
Applicants to a University of Delaware graduate program must possess (or be in the final year of completing) a U.S. equivalent bachelor’s degree.
All applicants must create a scan of their transcripts / consolidated statement of marks / earned diplomas. There should be one scan for each institution you attended. While scanned uploads are unofficial, they are used by our graduate programs for their applicant review process. When creating a scan or pdf. of academic transcripts, please follow these guidelines:
Once your application is submitted, your application will list your transcripts as "Received (Not Official)". This is the correct designation for review.
Only if your graduate program/department of interest indicates to the central office they have an interest in offering you admission, the central office will insert the appropriate conditions and instructions on how to verify your official academic documents. (The Office of Graduate and Professional Education will call into question the veracity of any document submitted to our office. We regularly verify transcripts with the issuing institution. If any material is found to have been altered or falsified in the finalization process we reserve the right of expulsion.)
You will also be asked to convert your GPA to the U.S. (0.00 - 4.00) scale in the graduate application. Most institutions outside the U.S. already provide a grading scale on the back of a transcript or a website. If you cannot convert your University's grading scale into a U.S. GPA, then please send the name, location and your University's grading scale to email@example.com for assistance. You must request this type of assistance at least one (1) week prior to any application deadline.
All applicants for graduate study at the University of Delaware are expected to have or gain English proficiency prior to enrolling in graduate coursework. Here are the ways to demonstrate English proficiency via your application:
- The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is the standard University requirement to show proof of English language proficiency. The University of Delaware sets the following minimum scores:
TOEFL paper-based: Minimum score of 550 (600 for some programs) TOEFL IBT: Minimum score 79 (100 for some programs)
- Applicants are encouraged to provide scores from the Test of Spoken English (TSE) as well as this is a key component of the TOEFL.
- To find out if your graduate program of interest has a higher minimum score, please contact that department directly.
- A waiver of the TOEFL exam is only allowed when:
- A degree has been earned in a country where English is the primary language.
- A degree has already been earned in the United States.
- TOEFL scores are valid for two (2) years. Official scores are only marked as received when received directly from ETS. The ETS University of Delaware code is 5811. No department code is needed for our institution.
- Self reported or unofficial scores can be reported via the central office for viewing by the graduate department – but will not be marked as official on the applicant’s status page.
- Some graduate programs will accept IELTS in place of the TOEFL. Please check with your department of interest.
- The minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0.
- The same policies for the TOEFL above are relevant for IELTS.
- IELTS should arrive from IELTS International and be sent directly to our office at: Office of Graduate and Professional Education, 234 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716.
TOEFL - IELTS Score Comparison Table
- Here is an abbreviated and unofficial TOEFL / IELTS comparison table:
IELTS 0-31 0-4 32-34 4.5 35-45 5 46-59 5.5 60-78 6 79-93 6.5 University minimum unless otherwise stated by program 94-101 7 102-109 7.5 Required by some programs 110-114 8 115-117 8.5 118-120 9
Each graduate program reviews their own applicants at varying times. When a graduate department informs the central office they wish to admit an applicant to their program, the central office begins the transcript verification process. If any academic document is found to be incomplete or unofficial the applicant will receive a letter of conditional admission (or a direct communication if there is something else of greater concern). When a decision is posted you will receive an e-mail notice to check your application’s Status Page. At that time, you will see a link which says “click here to view your application decision.” The main office cannot tell you when a graduate program will make decisions.
Only applicants who receive an offer of admission to a UD graduate program will be required to complete the UD Graduate Confidential Financial Information Form. Admitted students will be instructed on submitting this form directly to the Office for International Students and Scholars.
If you have received a letter of conditional acceptance based on finalizing International academic credentials, please read this section carefully:
- Proof of an earned, U.S. equivalent University level bachelor’s degree:
- You must provide proof of an earned U.S. equivalent bachelor’s degree prior to beginning your coursework at the University of Delaware.
- Proof of this University level bachelor’s degree can be in the form of a copy of the final diploma listing the original degree title and date the degree was earned that has been certified by the granting University and then mailed directly from the Records Office of that University. Proof submitted in any other way will be at the discretion of the graduate admissions staff as to whether it can be considered official upon arrival and inspection.
- If proof of degree is not issued in English directly by the institution, then the applicant must provide a notarized translation of the earned degree.
- Please direct questions about the above to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Academic Records / Consolidated Mark Sheet / Statement of Marks
- You must provide an academic record listing every course taken at the University level.
- Academic records must be issued and mailed directly from the Records Office of the issuing University. Proof of academic records submitted in any other way will be at the discretion of the graduate admissions staff as to whether it can be considered official upon arrival and inspection.
- If your academic records are issued in a language other than English a literal word-for-word English translation must be provided as an addition to the original language.
- Fraudulent Documents – The Office of Graduate and Professional Education will call into question the veracity of any document submitted to our office. We regularly verify transcripts with the issuing institution. If any material is found to have been altered or falsified we reserve the right of expulsion.