Applying to the M.S. in International Business
Priority consideration for funding: February 1
Domestic applicants: August 1
International applicants: June 1
Domestic applicants: May 1
International applicants: Generally not admitted for this term
Domestic applicants: January 1
International applicants: November 15
1. Application Fee
A $75 application fee is due when you submit your online application.
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.
Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework are 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.
A resume or curriculum vitae that documents your prior work experience, publications, honors and awards received and a summary of your educational credentials.
You may have an undergraduate degree from any discipline. If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and expect to complete it before the M.S. program start date, you are invited to apply.
Well-qualified students will have:
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Demonstrated interest and/or experience in global business
6. 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 3.2/4.0 GPA with strong analytical coursework and a minimum of two months of full-time professional internship 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.
7. Personal Statement
A personal statement or essay addressing your professional and academic achievements that will help you succeed in international business. Your personal statement should answer these questions:
- Why do you wish to pursue your graduate studies at the University of Delaware? What, in your opinion, makes UD special?
- What are your career objectives and how will an M.S. in international business help you achieve your goals?
- What does the word “global” mean to you?
8. 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.
You may also be required to pass a formal interview.
* Visit the registrar’s website for residency requirements.
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. There are no registration fees for the online program. Please visit the Graduate Fees and Financial Aid page in the Graduate Catalog for full details.
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.
Graduate Pathways is a one-semester preparation program for international students whose language proficiency approaches the admission requirement (85-99 on the TOEFL iBT or 7.0 on the IELTS). You will take classes in English for graduate studies plus one MS International Business course with language support from the English Language Institute (ELI). Please see the Graduate Pathways page on the ELI website for more details.
Services for International Students
UD and the Lerner College offer many services to help you, both in class and out.
- The Conditional Admission Program (CAP)
- Graduate student organizations
- International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)