Applying to the M.S. in International Business

Suggested Application Dates
Applications are accepted at any time up until a week before classes begin and you may begin in the fall, spring or summer. 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 1
International applicants: June 1

Spring Semester

Domestic applicants: January 1
International applicants: November 15

Summer Session

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

Admissions Requirements

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.

3. Transcripts

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.

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.

5. Prerequisites

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:

  1. Why do you wish to pursue your graduate studies at the University of Delaware? What, in your opinion, makes UD special?
  2. What are your career objectives and how will an M.S. in international business help you achieve your goals?
  3. 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.

9. Interview

You may also be required to pass a formal interview.

Tuition and Fees
All tuition rates and fees are for 2023-2024.


Delaware residents* $920/credit
Non-residents $1,028/credit
Online students $950/credit

* 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.

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.

Graduate Pathways

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.