Application Materials


The priority deadline for full-time fall admission is January 15 to ensure full consideration for graduate funding opportunities.

Applicants for the School of Public Policy and Administration graduate programs should prepare the following documents for submitting electronically to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. All materials should be submitted online through the application system - please do not mail any printed copies of any materials. 

  • University of Delaware Graduate Admission Application (Click here for the electronic application).
  • One copy of the unofficial transcript(s) for all colleges and universities previously attended that documents and shows all undergraduate and graduate level work completed.
  • A current résumé  .
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. UD's institution code is 5811. No department code is necessary.
  • Three letters of recommendation. It is suggested that at last one be an academic recommendation.
  • Personal Statement. Please follow the submission instructions in the Graduate Admission Application.
  • School of Public Policy and Administration Supplementary Information Form.
  • Nonrefundable university graduate application fee of $75.
  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of all foreign applicants. A minimum score of 105 (TOEFL iBT) is required for admission consideration.

Please do not mail any materials to the School of Public Policy and Administration or to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education as this will cause a delay in processing.

Please follow document submission instructions using the online application process


Applications must be complete to receive consideration and review by the admissions committee. Please plan accordingly when scheduling your GRE testing date and seeking references.

Fall semester admission

The priority deadline for full-time fall semester admission to the School of Public Policy and Administration graduate programs is January 15.  Applications are accepted after the mid-January deadline and will be considered on a rolling basis until the final deadline of July 1. Nearly all research and financial assistantships are awarded for the fall semester to those applicants who meet the January 15  deadline.

The final deadline for fall admission (all programs) is July 1.

Spring semester admission

Applications for study beginning in the spring semester are accepted for some, but not all SPPA graduate programs. Funding opportunities are quite limited. The majority of new students are admitted for the fall semester.

The final deadline for spring semester admission (all programs) is December 1.