Step 1.

Submit an online application for the graduate degree program.

Check the program's application deadline and submit all materials by the date listed. Begin the application process at least a month before the application deadline.

Select the academic program of interest carefully. Notify the Graduate School if a change to the applied program is necessary.

Step 2.

Supporting application materials are uploaded to the application.

Official Undergraduate and
Graduate Degree Transcripts

Each transcript must indicate the degree received and date of conferral. If completion of the degree is in process, submit a current transcript, followed by a final, official degree transcript upon enrollment as a Duquesne University graduate student. Transcripts for any additional undergraduate or graduate coursework should be submitted.

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.

Letters of Recommendation

The Graduate School requires letters of recommendation from people who can comment authoritatively on the academic achievements and/or work or internship experience related to the applied degree program. Visit the program's website for specific instructions related to letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be provided enough time to complete the letters prior to the application deadline.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should describe the reasons for pursuing graduate study, career aspirations, special interests within the field, and any unusual background features that might need explanation or of interest to the program's admission committee. Some programs have specific questions that need to be addressed, so a check of the program's website is necessary.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) should include: contact information, educational degrees and certificates, and employee and volunteer experience listed in reverse chronological order. Additional information relevant to the program, such as research experience, published works, grants or fellowships, awards, professional associations and professional licenses may be included.

Writing Sample

Check the specific program for a writing sample requirement.

Step 3.

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

Admission Requirements may differ per program. 
Please consult the program for details.


Application Review

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 released electronically.

Types of Admission


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 work. 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.

Provisional or Conditional

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.