Graduate Admissions

Graduate programs at Wilmington University afford international students the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in Business, Information Systems Technology, Education, Nursing and Behavioral Science. Please review the information below for instructions about how to apply to Wilmington University as an international student and obtain an F-1 Student Visa.

To download an application packet and required documents please click here.

First-Time F-1 Students

Applying for admission as an international student is a multi-step process. Your Designated School Official (DSO) will provide you with information and assistance for each step. It is advisable that you send all the required documents listed on the Document Admission Checklist within the following guidelines:

  • Fall Semester Applicants by June 30
  • Spring Semester Applicants by October 30
  • Summer Semester Applicants by February 28

First, you will submit all documentation required to attend Wilmington University as an international student. This includes all forms, fees, transcripts and any additional program-specific requirements. Once you have submitted all documentation and met all program entrance requirements, you will be issued the Form I-20. With your Form I-20, you will pay the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. SEVIS is the interface between the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and Wilmington University, and is used to administer your I-20.

After the issuance of the Form I-20 and payment of the SEVIS fee, you will schedule a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy having jurisdiction over your location. Please visit U.S. Embassy website for up-to-date information about Embassies and F-1 Visa procedures.

Once granted the F-1 Student Visa, you can enter the U.S. up to thirty (30) days before your program begins.

Upon arrival in the United States please immediately make an appointment with your Designated School Official (DSO) and bring with you your original I-20, I-94, Passport and F-1 Student Visa.

Graduate Admissions Checklist

The following checklist details the items that you will need for the issuance of the
Form I-20.

All Incoming International Students:

  • Wilmington University Application for Admission
  • $35 non-refundable application fee
  • Official course-by-course transcript of US college(s) and/or any member of www.NACES.org, www.AACRAO.org, or www.NAFSA.org course-by-course evaluation of foreign educational credentials. (All transcripts MUST be official- COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED). Official transcripts must be sent directly from the US institution or Evaluation Agency in a sealed  envelope*. For a complete list of evaluation agencies please follow the link: http://www.naces.org/members.html
  • Proof of Language Proficiency (Original TOEFL or IETS Scores) or a minimum of 12 credits completed in the US institution that include ex. Eng. Comp I/II, Public Speaking, Philosophy, Sociology etc. ) TOEFL minimum scores: iBT 61 or greater, CBT 173 or greater, PBT 500 or greater IELTS minimum score: BAND 5.5 or greater (ALL tests must be taken no longer than two years ago)( Note: Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Wilmington University – photocopies or student copies of the score reports are not acceptable)
  • Complete the Accuplacer Levels of English Language Proficiency (LOEP) test (this test includes three sections: reading skills, language usage, and sentence meaning).
  • Proof of Immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), HBV & Tetanus
  • Photocopy of Passport, and copy of Visa, and I-94 card (if currently in the US)
  • Current and previous I-20s (if transfer student) or DS 2019 (if J1 visa holder)
  • F-1 Visa Compliance Form Affidavit of Support (signed and stamped by Notary Public/Legal Official)
  • Original Financial Documents (See the Tuition Form)
  • Tuition Form
  • Two (2) Academic or Professional Letters of Recommendation (NOT required for Business or Information Systems Technology majors)
  • Students must complete program specific requirements which includes a writing assessment. Contact Graduate Admissions for details (302) 295-1184.

Transfer Students

If you are transferring your SEVIS record from another institution to Wilmington University, you must meet all international and program-specific admission requirements and work with your former institution and Wilmington University to ensure the timely transfer of your SEVIS record.

Please review the admissions checklist below for a list of required documents. You will also find the forms required for admission contained within this document. Once all the documents in the list below are submitted, you will also need the following:

  • Transfer Form with Approved SEVIS Release Date
  • Copies of your I-94 (front and back), valid I-20, Passport and Visa
  • Official Transcript from the Transfer Institution

Application must be received by the following deadlines:

  • August 1 for Fall Block I & October 1 for Fall Block II (or next business day)
  • December 1 for Spring Block I & February 1 for Spring Block II (or next business day)
  • April 1 for Summer Block I & June 1 for Summer Block II (or next business day)

All required documents to be submitted by the 15th of the month accordingly to 320 N DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720.

If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact your P/DSO in the Office of International Admissions by phone (302) 356-6741 or by email at international@wilmu.edu for assistance.

Nursing Students

For admission to the Division of Nursing and Allied Health, all international graduate nursing students who do not have a RN license in the United States are required to take and receive a passing score on the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Exam. The CGFNS Qualifying Examination is a prerequisite for admission to the Graduate Division. The examination is required by the state of Delaware prior to taking the Registered Nursing Licensing Exam. The registration deadlines for these exams are several months prior to their administration. Early application is essential.

Application materials may be requested from:

CGFNS
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19014-2651 USA
Phone: (215) 349-8767
Website: www.CGFNS.org