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-coursetranscript of US college(s) and/or any member of, or 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:
  • 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, university Approved SAT scores, or a US degree from an accredited college of university. TOEFL minimum scores: iBT 61 or greater, IELTS minimum score: BAND 6.0 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)
  • 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. Contact International Admissions for details (302) 356-6741 or

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 10 for Fall Semester (or next business day)
  • December 81 for Spring Semester (or next business day)
  • April 18 for Summer Semester (or next business day)

All required documents to be submitted by the above deadlines accordingly to be considered for admission.
All required documents must be sent to 320 N DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE, 19720. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact your DSO in Undergraduate Admissions at (302) 356-6741 or

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:
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19014-2651 USA
Phone: (215) 349-8767