2014-2015 Admission Criteria and Application Instructions

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent preparation from a foreign college or university with a minimum 2.8 cumulative average (4 point scale) in the last 60 hours and an in-major cumulative average of 3.0. Applicants with lower grade point averages may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. All applicants will be asked to submit:

  • 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 statement explaining your personal and career goals, your interest in policy studies, and a brief summary of your strengths and areas for growth
  • A comprehensive, current professional résumé
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores may be required for those with GPAs below the minimum or for those applying for graduate assistantships

Additional information

  • Applicants with cumulative GPAs less than the minimum may be asked to interview with the program director and/or submit standardized test scores.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. There is no specific deadline.
  • Applicants may be allowed to transfer up to six graduate credits. Courses must have been completed at an accredited graduate institution with a grade of “B” or higher. Expiration dates of potential transfer credits may vary depending on the time-sensitive nature of the course content.
  • 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 University 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.
  • Most documents can be sent electronically via the application form. Transcripts should be mailed to: Office of Graduate Programs - Policy Studies, Delaware Valley University, 700 E. Butler Avenue, Doylestown, PA 18901.