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Graduate Admission Status

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Graduate Admission Status Applicants for graduate degrees are considered for admission and, if admitted, classified in one of three categories: Unconditional Admission, Provisional Admission, and Non-Degree Admission. Successful applicants are notified of their classification at the time of admission. Please note that all graduate programs reserve the right to note more stringent admission guidelines and earlier deadlines than the School of Graduate Studies and Research. It is therefore advisable to discuss program requirements with the program director prior to submission of application materials. Complete applications are reviewed and evaluated by the respective Department, which recommends action to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research reviews all recommendations along with application materials; renders an admission decision and extends an offer of admission to the applicant. Unconditional Admission Requires: A bachelor's degree from a fully accredited four year college or university; A minimum of 2.50 cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) as well as a scholastic average of 3.00 in the major on a 4.00 point system of grading (or the equivalent in another grading system); An acceptable score on the specified standardized examination; Completion of all undergraduate prerequisites for the selected graduate program; and Provisional Admission Includes: An applicant who has not attained a baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited four year college or university but who has completed at least 80 percent of degree requirements in the requisite or closely related discipline at the time of application submission and meets all other graduate admission requirements. Applicants in this category must submit official transcripts documenting receipt of the baccalaureate degree at least 30 days prior to the first date of enrollment in order to be eligible to register for graduate courses. International applicants must provide WES or ECE evaluated transcripts 60 days prior to enrollment noting completion of the baccalaureate degree.                                                         An applicant who has attained a baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited four-year college or university in the requisite or closely related discipline and meets all graduate admission requirements, but must show proficiency in select undergraduate or graduate courses; earning a grade of B or better during the first year of enrollment. Specific courses will be noted on the offer letter. A graduate of an accredited college or university who does not meet minimum graduate admission requirements and/or prescribed program requirements. Students in this category are required to meet the conditions noted in the admission offer or risk termination from their program. Non-Degree Admission Is granted to those who wish to enroll in courses but who do not intend to qualify for a degree. The non-degree admission category includes those enrolling in graduate study for any of the following purposes: To complete certification requirements, To earn hours beyond the Master’s degree; To enrich their professional development; or To transfer earned credits to a degree program at another institution. If a student classified as non-degree is subsequently accepted into a Delaware State University graduate degree program, the student may petition to carry forward not more than nine (9) semester hours of credit earned as a non-degree seeking student. Review of and recommendation of transfer credit is made by the Chairperson or Program Director to the Dean, School of Graduate Studies for approval. Submitting an Appeal Regarding Admission Applicants wishing to file an appeal concerning denial of admission to a graduate program should be submitted only if there is evidence of a policy breach: as follows: Applicants wishing to appeal a denial of admission must do so 30 days prior to the first date of the enrollment term. Applicants should file, in writing, the appeal to the appropriate Chairperson or Graduate Program Director for resolution. The Chairperson or Graduate Program Director shall submit any recommendation changes to the School of Graduate Studies and Research; copying the student within 10 working days.                                       If the disposition is not favorable, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research shall provide the final decision in writing to the student copying the Graduate Program Director and Department Chairperson within 10 working days. The Dean will only consider requests that can document evidence of a policy violation. All applicants are advised to review program admission standards prior to application as well as submission of an appeal. Change of Status Admission status and requirements for change of status will be noted on each student’s Program of Study and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the end of the first semester of enrollment by the Graduate Program Director. Provisionally admitted students must satisfy all admission requirements by the time noted in their offer of admission. Application for change of status must be submitted to the respective Graduate Program Director, who recommends action to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Students who are not fully admitted are limited to taking no more than 9 credit hours of graduate courses toward a graduate degree. Transfer of Credit Applicants who have earned a grade of "B" or higher in graduate courses taken at an accredited institution and related to their proposed program of study can request consideration for transfer credit. These courses will be evaluated on an individual basis by the respective Graduate Program. Applicants admitted to master's degree graduate programs may transfer a maximum of nine (9) graduate credits from another accredited institution toward the master's degree provided these credits have not been used to meet the requirements of a degree previously earned. In all cases, the credit must be directly related to the graduate student's program of study, and must have been completed within the time limit allowed by Delaware State University for the graduate degree sought by the applicant. Requests for transfer of graduate credit to master’s programs should be included on the student’s Program of Study and approved by the Graduate Program Director, accompanied by an official transcript and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies and Research for review and approval no later than the end of the student’s first semester of enrollment. Applicants admitted to doctoral programs with an earned master's degree from an accredited institution must provide supporting documentation (as requested by the Program) at the time of admission. Program Directors will review all documentation and note the allowable transfers in the program’s recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research will note approval of hours in the admissions offer. This policy does not pertain to courses taken at another institution during graduate matriculation at Delaware State University per the approval of the program administrators. Readmission                                                                                               Students wishing to return after in enrollment of attendance are required to reapply for admission. Applicants for re-admission must update their credentials by providing information relevant to any courses taken at other institutions during their absence from the University; time limits and transfer limits apply unless other courses were approved in advance by the Graduate Program. If the request for readmission is based upon academic probation or dismissal, the application must be accompanied by a recommendation from the program director along with a success plan for the student. 
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Complete an online application and follow the instructions for submitting supporting documentation.

If you have any questions regarding the graduate application process, please contact:

Graduate Admissions
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3931 Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE 19808
302-254-5340
gradstudieswilm@desu.edu

For questions about your program of interest, please contact the program directly.



Resources


2013-2016 Graduate Catalog

Recommendation for Admission (pdf)

 

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School of Graduate Studies and Research

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Phone: 302.857.6800
Fax: 302.857.6803
Email: gradstudies@desu.edu

Graduate Program Inquiry

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Welcome to the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Delaware State University. Our mission supports the University’s mission by providing the infrastructural support necessary for the development and implementation of transformative, high quality, graduate and professional programs that prepare leaders for the complexities of the 21st century. This is achievable in collaboration with an excellent team of faculty, staff and administrators who are dedicated to providing challenging curricula, seamless student services and professional development unique to each area of interest. The School of Graduate Studies and Research offers a diverse array of degree programs; twenty-five Master’s and five Doctoral Programs across five academic Colleges. While diverse in focus, integral to our programs are the core values of the University: integrity, diversity, community, outreach, and scholarship. We are dedicated to providing access to traditionally underserved populations while also expanding program offerings and services geared towards professional advancement for our partners here and abroad. In so doing, we provide the best learning environment for preparing you for the challenges of this century. Thus, I am confident that you will find DSU to be the ideal place for pursuing your graduate or professional studies. I invite you to peruse the websites of respective graduate programs and become a part of Delaware State University where we are “Making Our Mark on the World”. All the best, Saundra F. DeLauder, Ph.D. Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research   Mission Statement The School of Graduate Studies and Research supports the mission of the University by providing infra-structural support for the development and implementation of transformative, high quality, graduate and professional degree programs that prepare leaders for the complexities of the 21st century. In collaboration with an excellent team of faculty, staff and administrators we will enhance the academic climate by providing curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance student leadership, research, scholarship and service for the Delaware State University community. Vision Statement The School of Graduate Studies and Research will promote the vision of the University by offering graduate and professional degree programs that conform to the highest standards required by respective accrediting and funding agencies in DSU’s pursuit of excellence. Core Values Community Integrity Diversity Scholarship Outreach Goals and Objectives The School of Graduate Studies and Research will address four key areas necessary for the successful admission and matriculation of graduate students at Delaware State University. Admissions Processes –Implement best practices that ensure efficient, effective, graduate admissions process. Academic Quality – Review and implement policies and procedures to ensure the quality of our academic programs. Student Services and Records Management– Implement and maintain a records management system for all currently enrolled graduate students consisting of admissions data, student progress to degree, admission to candidacy, defense of thesis or dissertation, time to degree, and graduation.   Co-curricular and Professional Development Activities – In collaboration with the Graduate Student Association and academic programs, The School of Graduate Studies and Research will provide services and implement activities for graduate students that provide professional development and networking opportunities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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Dr. Saundra F. DeLauder
Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

Director, Graduate Student Services
 
Mrs. Nancy Cotton
Data and Records Coordinator

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2016/17 Graduate School Calendar


Apply Now!

Complete an online application and follow the instructions for submitting supporting documentation. Please review admission policies, program requirements, and deadlines.

If you have any questions regarding the graduate application process, please contact:

Graduate Admissions
C/0 DSU@Wilmington
3931 Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE 19808
302-254-5340
gradstudieswilm@desu.edu

For questions about your program of interest, please contact the program directly.

 


Financial Aid Guidelines for Graduate Students

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Financial Aid Guidelines for Graduate Students Delaware State University applicants for financial aid must use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used to determine the need for financial assistance and as a mechanism for non-need based and need based loan certification. Further, all students applying for scholarships, grants and tuition fee waivers must file and complete the financial aid process before any form of aid can be applied to the students account. Financial Aid at the University is made available for graduate students through tuition fee waivers, research fellowships via departmental grant funding, departmental assistantships, loans and part-time employment opportunities. Please consult your program of interest regarding availability of funding. Graduate students must meet the minimum cumulative DSU grade point average (excludes transfer work) requirement of 3.00 by the end of their second full semester. In addition, all graduate students must earn 67% of their hours attempted, and must not exceed 150% of the hours required for degree completion. There is a one-time only appeal procedure for the graduate student. A formal written letter of explanation must be written to the Office of Academic Enrichment no later than the drop for non-payment date for the semester in which the student is applying for Federal Financial Aid. Graduate students must attain a 3.0 at the end of that semester to remain eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid preceding the appeal. The following types of grades cannot be used to fulfill financial aid probation, suspension, or re-matriculation requirements: credits by audit or special examination, grades earned from advanced placement or CLEP exams for which prior approval was not obtained; withdrawal or incomplete grades; and grades earned with zero credit. Students who do not meet the criteria for Satisfactory Academic Progress may appeal in writing to the Director of Financial Aid for reconsideration of reinstatement. The student must provide documentation with the statement of appeal indicating any special circumstances (e.g. medical records, accident report, medical bills, change in program of study, etc.) which may have interfered with meeting eligibility. SAP Maximum Hours Limitation Criteria Students may only receive aid until they reach the maximum hours limit. The limit is 150% of the hours required for the program of study. Hours accepted by DSU in transfer are included in the maximum hour limit. Required hours for a specific program of study are found in the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalogs. Students who have completed all the course work for their degree or certificate but have not yet received the degree or certificate are no longer eligible for financial aid for that program. Students with dual majors or students who change their majors are subject to the same hours limit; there are no exceptions For more information regarding FAFSA and load processes please consult the DSU Office of Financial Aid. 

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