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 The Delaware Valley University institutional code is 003252. Links to the FAFSA and institutional forms can be found at Applicants who intend to use military benefits should contact Mr. Kerr Smith, Military and Veterans Affairs Certifying Officer at 215.489.2914 or
  • 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.