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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

How to Apply

Next is now, here's how

Complete the graduate application

You'll be asked to list basic information about yourself, your previous school(s), as well as your GPA, standardized test scores, extracurriculars, and any awards you've earned. Include additional documentation such as your GRE score. Request that your recommendations, test scores, transcripts, and any other official documents be mailed directly to the DSU Graduate Office

There's a $35 application fee, and you'll need to send your bachelor's transcripts and any required test scores directly to us.


*Please note, that you can apply for most MS graduate programs for the spring, summer, and fall semesters except our MS in Information Systems which is only spring and fall. We accept applications for Ph.D. programs for fall entry only.


There's always an exception to the rule. The following types of graduate program applicants have a few extra steps to follow:

International students

If you are an international student, begin by filling out an application to the program you wish to enter. Once completed, you must also submit a Certificate of Financial Responsibility in order to receive an I-20 form, which is required to apply for an F-1 Student Visa.

Non-degree-seeking students

If you're a non-degree-seeking student, there is no cost to apply.

Apply as a non-degree student

4+1 program students

If you're an undergraduate student with plans to complete a BS and MS, you can earn both in five years. For more information, please see our 4+1 page or the DSU online catalog.