2014-2015 Admission Criteria and Application Instructions

Applicants must hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent preparation from a foreign college or university with a minimum 3.25 cumulative average (4.0 point scale). Applicants with lower grade point averages may be considered for admission on a case by case basis. Applicants who fall below the grade point average may be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) offered by Educational Testing Services. All applicants wishing to enroll in the doctoral program are asked to submit the following:

  • A completed Application for Admission with non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions previously attended
  • Three recommendations from professional or academic references, appraising the candidate's potential and capacity for graduate study, on the reference form provided
  • A 500-word personal statement that addresses career goals and a brief summary of strengths and areas for growth. Applicants for the K-12 Superintendent track should also address how superintendents shape learning in school districts
  • A comprehensive, current professional résumé
  • An interview with representatives of the doctoral admission committee

Additional information

  • Review of applications will begin March 1 for acceptance into the fall cohort.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 80 (IBT) or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5. DelVal's TOEFL institution code is 2510. Course-by-course evaluations of all academic transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. are required. Upon acceptance, additional documentation will be required including a certification of finances and visa forms.
  • Applicants applying for federal or state financial aid can contact a financial aid counselor at 215.489.2272 or finaid@delval.edu. The Delaware Valley College institutional code is 003252. Links to the FAFSA and institutional forms can be found at delval.edu/finaid. Applicants who intend to use military benefits should contact Mr. Kerr Smith, Military and Veterans Affairs Certifying Officer at 215.489.2914 or kerr.smith@delval.edu.
  • Applicants with learning disabilities who wish to discuss academic services should contact Student Support Services at 215.489.2490.

For assistance with your application, please contact Pamela Heffner at 215.489.4469 or pamela.heffner@delval.edu.