Suggested Application Dates

Applications are accepted at any time up until a week before classes begin and you may begin in the fall, summer or spring semesters. Applicants are considered for admission on a rolling basis. See the general guidelines below for admission deadlines. Full-time program applicants interested in merit-based funding consideration should apply early as those awards are distributed on a rolling basis typically at or close to the time of admission.

Fall Semester
Priority consideration for funding: February 1
Domestic applicants: August 4
International applicants: June 1

Summer Session
Domestic applicants: May 1
International applicants: Generally not admitted for this term

Spring Semester
Priority consideration for funding: October 1
Domestic applicants: January 1
International applicants: November 15

Admissions Requirements

1. Application Fee

A $75 application fee is due when you submit your online application. Waivers are available for qualified students.

2. Bachelor’s Degree

A four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree in any academic field from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. If you have a three-year non-U.S. degree, you may request a review for determination as to equivalency.

3. Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework is required with your application. Do not mail official transcripts during the applicant stage. An English translation must accompany transcripts issued in a language other than English.

4. Resume

A resume or curriculum vitae that documents your prior work experience, publications, honors and awards received and a summary of your educational credentials. At least one year of post-undergraduate professional work experience is preferred but highly qualified candidates with internship experiences will be considered for admission.

5. GMAT/GRE Optional

GMAT/GRE Test scores are not required.

Our typical applicant has the equivalent of a 4-year US Bachelor’s degree, a 3.0/4.0 GPA with strong analytical and quantitative coursework and 1 year of professional work experience.

If you wish to strengthen your application you may take, at your option, the GMAT/GRE. As we update our application system to reflect that GMAT/GRE score are no longer required, if you are opting not to take the test, please use 01/01/2025 as a future test date in the test section of the application so we are aware that you will not be taking the exam.

6. Personal Statement

The personal statement should detail your goals and objectives and clearly identify your interest in the Lerner College degree program. The essay is a second written requirement; details are outlined in the application.

7. Two Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation forms are emailed directly from the online application to the two recommenders whose names and email addresses you provide. Instructions for returning the completed forms are included in the emails.

Tuition and Fees
All tuition rates and fees are for 2022-2023.

Tuition

Delaware residents* $876/credit
Non-residents $979/credit

* Visit the registrar’s website for residency requirements.

Fees

All graduate students are responsible for mandatory fees in the Fall and Spring semesters. These fees vary based on whether a student is taking the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Please visit the Graduate Fees and Financial Aid page in the Graduate Catalog for full details.

International Students
The University of Delaware is an ideal place for a great education in a global atmosphere. As an international student, you’ll join fellow students from over 100 countries. Nearly 30% of all the University’s graduate students and approximately 44% of the Lerner College graduate students are internationals.

English Proficiency Requirements

As an international applicant, you must demonstrate your ability to communicate in English by doing one of the following:

  • Submit a TOEFL score of 100 or higher,
  • Submit an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher,
  • Provide proof of having earned a college degree in a country where English is the primary language, or
  • Apply through the Conditional Admission Program (CAP)

The Graduate & Professional Education office provides more detailed TOEFL information on its test scores page.

Conditional Admission Program (CAP)

The Graduate Conditional Admissions Program (Graduate CAP) provides international students acceptance into the program without the need to take the TOEFL exam. After completing Graduate CAP at the University of Delaware’s English Language Institute (ELI), you begin your graduate coursework at Lerner.

Services for International Students

UD and the Lerner College offer many services to help you, both in class and out.