At DelVal, we pledge to give our graduate students the knowledge and experience they need to tackle the most important issues of our time. Our education strategy focuses on individualized attention and an applied approach to teaching. Our practitioner-based faculty members are current with the present and ever-changing trends in their respective fields, bringing their firsthand knowledge into the graduate school classrooms. They combine their expertise with experience to provide a challenging and relevant academic program.

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About Admission to the Graduate Program

All DelVal graduate program applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. Alternatively, applicants may furnish proof of the equivalent from a foreign college or university. Students must have also earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0-point scale. Applicants earning lower GPAs may be considered for admission on an individual basis, and may be required to submit additional information.

The MBA,MPP and MCJ programs offer an option for DelVal seniors to begin earning their graduate degree as 4+1 students. Please consult these programs for specific eligibility and admission requirements.

All applicants submit:

  • A completed application for admission with the $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions
  • Three professional or academic recommendations with information about the candidate's potential and capacity for graduate study on the form provided
  • A minimum 500-word personal statement that includes personal and career goals, interest in the chosen DelVal graduate program, and a summary of strengths and areas for growth
  • A comprehensive and current professional résumé

International Applicants

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. Additional documentation will be required upon acceptance, which includes a certification of finances and visa forms.

Master's Programs Admission Details

Counseling Psychology (M.A.)      Apply Now
Specializations: child and adolescent counseling, social justice community counseling
Admission term: fall only
Classes: evenings
Additional admission criteria: All applicants must have completed four pre-requisite courses in psychology with a 3.0 GPA in each. Those with degrees in psychology, counseling or a related field are preferred and will likely not need additional prerequisites. Personal interview, by invitation only, is also required.

Master of Public Policy (MPP)      Apply Now
Specializations: community and international development, food and agriculture, sustainability and the environment
Admission terms: fall, spring
Classes: evenings
Additional admission criteria for 4+1 students: Current DelVal undergraduate student, senior standing, minimum 3.0 GPA

Criminal Justice (M.A.)      Apply Now
Admission terms: fall, spring
Classes: evenings

Master of Business Administration (MBA)      Apply Now
Specializations: general business, accounting, food and agribusiness, supply chain management
Admission terms: fall (I and II), spring (I and II), summer (I and II), winter
Classes: evenings, online traditional and/or online accelerated
Additional admission criteria: Applicants with GPAs lower than 3.0 but higher than a 2.7 may be admitted on a conditional basis. Applicants with GPAs lower than a 2.7 are required to submit GMAT scores of 500 or higher.
Additional admission criteria for 4 + 1 students: Current DelVal undergraduate student, junior standing, minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Educational Leadership (M.S.) and Post-graduate Administrative/Supervisory certifications      Apply Now
Specializations: school administration, supervisor of curriculum and instruction
Certificates: Post-graduate school administration or supervisor of curriculum and instruction
Admission terms: fall (G1 and G2), spring (G3 and G4), summer (G5 and G6)
Classes: evenings, off-campus cohorts
Additional admission criteria: PA Instructional I or II certification

Special Education (M.S.) and Post-graduate Special Education Supervisory certification     Apply Now
Specializations: assistive technology, transition education skills, supervisor of special education, supervisor of special education and principal (dual)
Certificates: Post-graduate assistive technology specialization, transition education skills specialization, or supervisor of special education
Admission terms: fall (G1 and G2), spring (G3 and G4), summer (G5 and G6)
Classes: evenings, off-campus cohorts
Additional admission criteria: PA Instructional I or II certification

Teaching and Learning (M.S.) and Post-Baccalaureate STEAM Courses     Apply Now
Specializations: lead teacher, STEAM education
Admission terms: fall (G1 and G2), spring (G3 and G4), summer (G5 and G6)
Classes: evenings
Additional admission criteria: PA Instructional I or II certification

Doctoral Programs Admission Details

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility     Apply Now
Specializations: K-12 with PA superintendent letter of eligibility, higher education administration
Certificates: Post-graduate Superintendent Letter of Eligibility
Admission term: fall
Classes: weekend cohort on main campus or Lehigh Valley cohort
Additional admission criteria: Applicants must hold a master’s degree with a minimum 3.25 GPA. K-12 superintendent applicants should also address how superintendents shape learning in school districts as part of the personal statement. Interview with admission committee in early spring of the anticipated start term.

Have questions? Talk with a program representative.

Counseling Psychology: Dr. Terry Jackson, 215.489.2324
Public Policy: Dr. Terry Jackson, 215.489.2324
Criminal Justice: Dr. Christi Smith, 215.489.2288
MBA: Catherine Sinclair, 215.489.4840
Education: Dr. Todd Fay, 215.489.4123

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