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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 Studies and Extended Learning if you need further assistance.

College of Arts and Sciences

Admissions Requirement    Criminal Justice    Public Administration  Certificates
Complete Application  Yes  Yes  Yes
Application Fee $35 Yes Yes Yes
Resume No Yes No
Personal Statement Yes Yes No
2 Letters of Recommendation Yes *Yes No
Transcripts Yes Yes Yes
GRE No No No
Interview No No 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 Certificates
Complete Application Yes Yes Yes Yes
Application Fee $35 Yes Yes Yes Yes
2 Letters of Recommendation Yes Yes No Yes
Transcripts Yes Yes Yes Yes
GMAT/GRE  Yes Yes Yes No
Personal Statement Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resume Yes Yes Yes No

The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for five years of relevant work experience after graduation from a bachelors program, for those who have a 3.3 or higher GPA from their undergraduate institution, for those who hold a masters degree from an accredited U.S. institution, for the MSTFP program, holders of the following professional designations: CPA, CMA, CIA, CFA, CFP, CFM, and CISA. Also, for the MSTFP and MSBPI programs for those students who complete a related certificate.

 

Education

Admissions Requirements MED Programs Certifications EdD
Complete Application Yes Yes Yes
Application Fee $35 Yes Yes Yes
Resume Yes Yes Yes
Personal Statement Yes Yes * No
Letters of Recommendation 2 2 3
Transcripts Yes Yes Yes
Interview No No Yes
(by invitation only)
Personal Statement of Purpose No No Yes

*Certificates in Educational leadership/Principalship and Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent require an interview. Certificates in Instructional Coaching do not require a personal statement. 

If you are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship (GA) position within the Center for Education, please see the following instructions: GA for the Center of EducationGA for the Widener Reads Program.

The Higher Education program is no longer accepting international students.

 

School of Engineering

Admissions Requirement All MSE Programs
Complete Application Yes
Application Fee $35 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

 

 Center for Human Sexuality Studies

Admissions Requirement MEd Program PhD Program Advanced Training Program in Transgender Mental Health
Complete Application Yes Yes Yes
Application Fee $35 Yes Yes Yes
Resume Yes Yes No
Personal and Professional Goals Statement Yes No Yes
Autobiographical Statement Yes No No
Professional Goals and Interests No Yes No
Personal Statement No Yes No
Academic or Scholarly Writing Sample No Yes No
*3 Letters of Recommendation Yes Yes No
Transcripts Yes Yes No
Interview Yes Yes No
**Copy of Mental Health License No No Yes
Copy of Liability Coverage No No Yes

Dual applicants to the dual Human Sexuality/PsyD programs must submit their application using this application: PsyCAS.

*The Center for Human Sexuality Studies requires two academic and one professional/volunteer recommendations

**Proof of pre-licensing acceptable.

School of Nursing

Admissions Requirement MSN Certificates PhD DNP
Complete Application Yes Yes Yes Yes 
Application Fee $35 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 No No Yes  Yes 
Resume/CV Yes  Yes Yes Yes
PA RN License Yes Yes No Yes
APRN License No No No Yes

*The School of Nursing requires academic or professional recommendations preferably from professional nurses with graduate degrees.

Occupational Therapy

Admissions Requirements Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
Complete Application Yes, completed/submitted through OTCAS. The soft deadline for applying is November 15 with a firm deadline of January 15 of each year.
Application Fee Yes, through OTCAS
Volunteer/Work Experience Must be submitted through OTCAS. Minimum of 20 hours of volunteer or paid experience in a supervised OT setting required.
3 Letters of Recommendation Must be submitted through OTCAS. Of the three references, one must be from an occupational therapist, 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 OTCAS
GRE Send directly to OTCAS. Code is 4134.
Interview Yes, with invitation

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 PTCAS code is 0091
Interview  No

 

Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology

 Admissions Requirement Clinical Psychology
Complete Application Yes (completed/submitted through PsyCAS)
Application Fee This is a Widener University supplemental fee and is in addition to the PsyCAS fee. To pay this fee, please click here.
Essays Yes(submitted through PsyCAS)
Letters of Recommendation Must be submitted through PsyCAS
Transcripts Must be submitted through PsyCAS
GRE Send directly to Widener via Educational Testing Services (ETS) Code = 7826

 

 Center for Social Work Education

 Admissions Requirement MSW
Complete Application Yes
Application Fee $35 Yes
Resume Yes
Personal Statement Yes
Letters of Recommendation Yes (3)
Transcripts Yes

 

Admissions Requirement Doctorate in Social Work
(PhD)
Complete Application Yes
Application Fee $35 Yes
Personal Statement Yes
Scholarly Writing Sample Yes
Letters of Recommendation *Yes (3)
Transcripts Yes
GRE or MAT **Yes
Resume 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.