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’s graduate programs have moved toward exclusive use of electronic recommendation submissions. Exceptions can only be authorized by a direct communication from a UD graduate department. Because UD requires the completion of a specific grid of questions by a recommender, we also cannot accept any third-party recommendation service or any individual letters already in the applicant’s possession.
How many recommenders will I need?
The majority of graduate programs at the University of Delaware require three (3) recommenders. There are a handful of programs that require only two (2), and those should be listed on the program’s admissions requirements website. Regardless, you will be prompted to enter the appropriate number of recommenders once you begin this process.
Who should I request as recommenders?
Each program wants to see recommendations from different types of individuals. Again, this is most often posted directly on the graduate program’s admissions website. If the website does not have it stated, please contact the graduate program of interest.
How the online recommendation process works:
Your application status page shows if your recommenders have been notified, started, or completed the recommendation on your behalf. If you need to remind your recommender to complete and submit please go to your application status page, click to edit or view your application, and then find the recommendation link in the lower left of the page.
Note: After you click the final “Submit” button, you can continue to have all the features described above except changing a recommender. After submission you must contact our office to make this substitution or make any other changes to your application. This is why it’s best to collect your recommendations prior to clicking the submit button on your application.
Helpful tips to successfully receive your recommendations: