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Graduate Admission Requirements

Each graduate program has different admissions requirements and application process. Listed below are the general admissions requirements for the:

Please contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management if you need further assistance.

College of Arts and Sciences

Admissions Requirement    Criminal Justice   Liberal Studies   Public Administration 
Complete Application Yes Yes Yes
Resume No No No
Personal Statement Yes Yes Yes
2 Letters of Recommendation Yes Yes *Yes
Transcripts Yes Yes Yes
GRE No No No
Interview No Yes No

The MPA Program requires that 1 letter of recommendation be from a former professor who can speak to your academic ability.  If you cannot obtain a letter from a former professor, please send 3 letters of recommendation. 

School of Business Administration

Admissions Requirement Business Administration Business Process Innovation Taxation and Financial Planning Forensic Accounting and Analytics Certificates
Complete Application Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2 Letters of Recommendation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Transcripts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GMAT/GRE  Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Personal Statement Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for five years of relevant work experience after graduation from a bachelors program, for those who hold a masters degree from an accredited U.S. institution, for the MSTFP and MSFAA programs, holders of the following professional designations: CPA, CMA, CIA, CFA, CFP, CFM, and CISA. Also, for the MSTFP, MSBPI and MSFAA programs for those students who complete a related certificate.

Education

Admissions Requirements MEd Programs M.A. Allied Health Certifications EdD
Complete Application Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resume Yes Yes Yes Yes
Personal Statement Yes Yes Yes Yes
Letters of Recommendation 2 2 2 3
Transcripts Yes Yes Yes Yes
Interview No No No Yes
(by invitation only)
Personal Statement of Purpose No No No Yes
Writing Sample Yes No Yes No

Home/School/Visitor certification does not require a writing sample. 

*Certificates in Educational leadership/Principalship and Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent require an interview.

 

School of Engineering

Admissions Requirement All MEng Programs
Complete Application Yes
Resume No
Personal Statement Yes
2 Letters of Recommendation Yes
Transcripts Yes
GRE Yes (The GRE is not required to apply to the part time program.)
Interview No

 

Hospitality and Tourism

Admissions Requirement Hospitality and Tourism
Complete Application Yes
Resume Yes
Personal Statement Yes
2 Letters of Recommendation Yes
Transcripts Yes
GRE, GMAT, MAT No
Interview No

 

International students must take either the TOEFL exam or the IELTS exam to be considered for admission. They also can complete an English Language Institute certification program as an alternative to the test requirements. The minimum scores needed for consideration for acceptance into the graduate program in hospitality are:

  • TOEFL 587 paper-based; 95 Internet-based
  • IELTS 7.0

Center for Human Sexuality Studies

Admissions Requirement MEd Program PhD Program
Complete Application Yes Yes
Resume Yes Yes
Personal and Professional Goals Statement Yes Yes
Autobiographical Statement Yes Yes
*3 Letters of Recommendation Yes Yes
Transcripts Yes Yes
MAT or GRE Yes Yes
Interview Yes Yes

Dual applicants should submit the Human Sexuality requirements in addition to the requirements of the dual program of interest

*The Center for Human Sexuality Studies require 2 academic recommendations and 1 professional recommendation

 

School of Nursing

Admissions Requirement MSN Certificates PhD DNP
Complete Application Yes Yes Yes Yes 
Goal Statement Yes Yes Yes Yes 
2 Letters of Recommendation Yes Yes Yes    Yes
Transcripts Yes Yes  Yes  Yes 
GRE No No  Yes  No 
Interview Yes Yes Yes  Yes 
Resume/CV Yes  Yes Yes Yes
PA RN License Yes Yes No Yes
APRN License No No No Yes
Liability Insurance No Yes No No
Health Insurance No Yes No No
Current CPR Certificate No Yes No No
Evidence of Clin. Experience No Yes No No

 

Institute for Physical Therapy Education

Admissions Requirement Physical Therapy (DPT)
Complete Application Yes (completed/submitted through PTCAS)
Application Fee Yes, through PTCAS
Volunteer/work experience Must be submitted through PTCAS
Letters of Recommendation Must be submitted through PTCAS.  Of the three references, one must be from a Physical Therapist and one must be from a professor, and one can be from any other source.  Do not use family members or family friends as reference sources. 
Transcripts  Must be submitted through PTCAS
GRE  Send directly to Widener via Educational Testing Services (ETS)
Interview  No

 

Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology

Admissions Requirement Clinical Psychology
(PsyD)
 
Complete Application Yes  
Application Fee $50  
Essays Yes  
Letters of Recommendation Yes (3)  
Transcripts Yes  
GRE Yes  
Interview Yes (by invitation only)  

Top applicants are invited to campus for an interview.

 

Center for Social Work Education

Admissions Requirement Masters in Social Work
(MSW)
Doctorate in Social Work
(PhD)
Complete Application Yes Yes
Personal Statement Yes Yes
Scholarly Writing Sample No Yes
Letters of Recommendation Yes (2) *Yes (3)
Transcripts Yes Yes
GRE or MAT No **Yes
Resume Yes Yes

An interview may be required for MSW and PhD applicants.
*Two of the three recommendations should be from academic references and the other one from a professional reference.

**The MAT/GRE requirement may be waived for a Masters program GPA of 3.8 or better earned within the past five years.