How Do I Apply?

Once you have familiarized yourself with the Graduate Liberal Arts programs, we invite you to apply. Our electronic online application system speeds up our admissions review and decision processes. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please feel welcome to contact the Graduate School or your program's department.

Graduate Application for the McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts


Application Steps

Step 1.


Submit an online application for your graduate degree program.

Check your program's application deadline and submit all materials by the date listed. Begin the application process at least a month before application deadline. Select your academic program of interest carefully. The Graduate School cannot make any changes to your applied program once we receive your application credentials and begin review of your application.

Step 2.

Supporting Documents

Upload the personal statement, resume or curriculum vitae, and writing sample to your application. Letters of recommendation will be submitted directly to your application by the letter writers. You can upload unofficial copies of your transcript or you can have an official transcript sent to the Graduate Office.

Official Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Transcripts

Each transcript must indicate what degree you received and when it was conferred. If you are in the process of completing a degree, you may submit an up-to-date transcript, followed by a final, official degree transcript upon enrollment as a Duquesne University graduate student.

If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.

Letters of Recommendation

The Graduate School requires three letters of recommendation from people who can comment authoritatively on your academic achievements and/or work or internship experience related to your program. Visit your program's website for specific instructions related to letters of recommendation. Make sure to give your recommenders enough time to complete the letters prior to your application deadline.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should describe your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admission committee. Some programs require you to address specific questions, so make sure to check your program's website.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Your up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae (CV) should include your name, contact information, educational degrees and certificates, and your work and volunteer experience listed in reverse chronological order. You should also include additional information relevant to your program, such as research experience, published works, grants or fellowships, awards, professional associations and professional licenses.

Writing Sample

The writing sample is not required for all programs; check your specific program for additional requirements.Writing samples may be sent through Interfolio or as a hard copy.


Step 3.

Test Scores

Submit official test scores electronically. Duquesne University's code is 2196. Test scores are received electronically from ETS (Educational Testing Services); paper copy is not necessary or accepted. Allow at least 1 week for application updating.

Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores are required for some programs. Please consult individual program requirements for further details.
International Students: Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

Types of Admission

After an application file is complete, it will be reviewed by the program's admissions committee and a recommendation to accept will be made to the Dean. Upon the Dean's final approval, official notification of admission to graduate studies is e-mailed to the applicant. Students whose records have been unfavorably reviewed for admission will receive notice to that effect.

Students will be admitted in one of the following ways:


This is a full and unconditional admission into a graduate degree program. Qualified applicants who file their application during the final year of work toward a bachelor's degree, may be accepted as a regular graduate student, pending successful completion of their course of study and submission of the official degree transcript to the Graduate School.

Students admitted under this status must maintain a letter grade average not lower than B (3.00 QPA) while in course. Students failing to meet this standard may be subject to faculty action, including dismissal, for failure to maintain normal progress toward a degree. Any student having less than 3.00 as a final quality point average at the conclusion of course work will be ineligible for graduation. 


Students must fulfill a specific requirement normally stated in the letter of acceptance. When the requirement has been fulfilled, the program director/chair  must submit a request for a change in status to the Dean.

Special Student

Special student status will permit an applicant to register for six (6) credits of graduate course work pending completion and/or consideration of the application to the degree program. Courses completed under special student status can only be accepted toward a degree program is a grade of B or better has been obtained in each course. Special student status does not qualify for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Admission as a special student carries no implications for acceptance relative to any present or future application to a degree program.


    Confirm Intent to Enroll

    Please confirm your decision to enroll for the academic year by submitting a $250 tuition deposit and returning a copy of your acceptance letter to the Graduate School office. Once you have accepted the admissions offer, you will receive orientation information from the Graduate School.

    New, full-time students in certain masters programs, who have not been offered a departmental award, are eligible for a 25% tuition award.

    If you fail to confirm your intent to enroll by the date specified in your acceptance letter, your space will be withdrawn to accommodate another student.