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:
- Begin by downloading the U.S. graduate scale here.
- Next, send your University title, location and scan of your transcript to email@example.com and we will send you a country conversion chart for your use.
- Finally, combine your U.S. grades with the U.S. grading scale, and the result will be your U.S. Grade Point Average (GPA).
- If your country is not listed and you need assistance, please send us a scan of your document along with the name and location of your University to firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week before any application deadline.
Other frequently asked questions about the graduate application process can be found throughout this page, and also on our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
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)
- Many programs require a TOEFL ibt score of 100. To find out if your graduate program of interest has this as it’s TOEFL minimum please check the department’s webpage.
- 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.
- Some graduate programs will accept IELTS in place of the TOEFL. Please check with your department of interest.
- The minimum TOEFL ibt is 79 and this is equal to an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 overall.
- If your graduate department of interest requires a TOEFL ibt of 100, then this is equal to an IELTS score of 7.0 overall.
- Other questions about TOEFL / IELTS equivalencies can be answered here (http://www.ets.org/toefl/institutions/scores/compare/)
- The same policies for the TOEFL above are relevant for IELTS.
- IELTS should arrive directly from IELTS International directly to our office at: Office of Graduate and Professional Education, 234 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716.
Conditional Admission based on achieving English Proficiency (ELI-CAP)
Some graduate programs will consider an applicant who is otherwise admissible except for English Proficiency. Please click here to see if your program of interest will consider you. (Please note: Some programs expect to see required GRE or GMAT scores prior to consideration, while others will wait to see if you achieve acceptable scores).
Each graduate program reviews their own applicants at varying times. The graduate department informs the central office of their decisions, and the central office checks only for University level policy compliance. When the decision has been processed you will receive an e-mail letting you know a decision letter has been posted to your application status page. Upon logging into your application status page you will see a new link called "Your application decision is now available online." When you click on that link, your decision letter will open.
International students who are admitted should respond to the offer of admission through their online admission letter. The paper admission letters are held in the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) until that office has the needed financial documentation.
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 email@example.com
- 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.