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Graduate Admissions

For information on graduate degree programs, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions 215.951.2943 gradadm@PhilaU.edu; www.PhilaU.edu/graduate

Accreditation: Graduate programs at the University are approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Accreditations associated with specific schools and programs can be found on the respective school/program webpages at www.PhilaU.edu.

Graduate students are taught by a faculty that includes both full-time professors and experienced industry professionals and practitioners. Their academic credentials and industry experience make them uniquely qualified to provide students with the knowledge to become successful professionals in their chosen fields.

Graduate classes average about 18 students and are offered in the late afternoon/early evening hours and occasionally on Saturdays. Some graduate programs offer courses during the day. Students may begin graduate coursework in the fall (August), spring (January) or summer (May and July) semesters. Some programs enroll students throughout the calendar year. Others are limited to one start-term per year.

Any individual who has or is about to receive a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university is eligible to apply. Graduate programs are designed to accommodate students from all undergraduate disciplines. The Admissions Committee admits those students who show the capacity and motivation to pursue a challenging graduate program.

To apply, students must submit an application, official transcripts, statement of purpose, recommendations, current resume, and in some cases, a portfolio of work (and appropriate standardized test scores). The standardized test requirement is waived for those students who hold a prior master’s degree or who are CPAs. Applications are accepted throughout the year for entrance in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Required application materials vary from program to program. When deciding to apply for admission, applicants should visit their desired program website for full application details.

Note: International students may begin in fall and spring semesters only. Please refer to the graduate application for admissions procedures and instructions.

International Students

Director of International Student Programs. Located in The Kanbar Campus Center 215.951.2660

The University welcomes applications for admission from qualified international students. Persons who have completed their studies outside the United States must present all post-secondary school credentials. Such credentials must include all studies completed to date, marks or examination results received, degrees, diplomas and certificates earned. International applicants must submit an evaluation of academic credentials. While World Education Services (WES) is Philadelphia University’s preferred evaluator, any evaluation service accredited through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) will suffice. For a full listing of accredited evaluation services, visit www.NACES.org. Documents must be authenticated or certified, and those not written in English must be accompanied by notarized English translations. International students may begin in fall and spring semesters only. M.B.A. and M.S. in Taxation students may begin in the summer semester.

After acceptance is granted, an International Student Agreement Form, a notarized Statement of Financial Support and official bank statements are required for the University to issue a SEVIS I-20 form.

English Language Requirement

Courses at the University are taught in English; therefore, all international graduate students are required to have proficiency in English. This will be measured at the time an application is considered. Required levels of English proficiency are any one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (TOEFL): Minimum of 79 (Internet-based) or equivalent
  • International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS): Minimum of 6.5
  • Completion of ELS 112-English for Academic Purposes or equivalent

ACCEPTANCE CLASSIFICATIONS

Students may be admitted to a particular graduate program under one of the following acceptance classifications:

Acceptance

Students who have met all admissions requirements with satisfactory performance as judged by the Admissions Committee are granted full acceptance. Full acceptance is granted only when the student’s file is complete. A complete file includes all required application materials as listed on the Graduate Admissions or graduate program website. Where required, the standardized test requirement may be waived for those applicants who have completed a prior master’s degree or are C.P.A.s.

Note: Individual graduate programs may require additional admission materials for full acceptance.

Probationary Acceptance 

Students with academic performance and/or test scores below the normally acceptable levels but show potential to be successful in a graduate program may be granted probationary acceptance at the discretion of the Office of Graduate Admissions. Probationary students will be monitored closely by the program director during their first three courses. Failure to maintain a 3.0 or better GPA is cause for dismissal. After the completion of three courses, with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0, the probationary status may be removed at the discretion of the program director.

Conditional Acceptance

The University reserves the right to grant conditional acceptance to students who are missing some of their application materials but who otherwise meet admissions criteria. Conditional acceptance is limited to one semester, during which time the missing application materials must be submitted. Completed application materials will then be reviewed for full acceptance. Individual programs have different requirements for conditional acceptance, and some programs do not offer conditional acceptance. Conditional admission is also granted when certain foundation courses are needed prior to starting core graduate program courses.

Non-Degree Acceptance

In certain circumstances, a student may wish to apply as a non-degree student. To apply for non-degree status, students need to submit an admissions application and a transcript indicating the possession of a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of three graduate courses may be taken as a non-degree student. Courses taken under non-degree status may be applied to a degree program, but only after all admissions requirements are met and full acceptance is granted. Acceptance as a non-degree student does not guarantee full acceptance into a graduate program. To change from non-degree to degree status, students must complete all admissions requirements and apply for a change of degree status to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Non-degree acceptance is not available for all programs.

Readmission

Students who have not registered for two consecutive semesters (excluding the summer) must apply directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions for readmission. To be readmitted, students must be in good academic standing (minimum GPA 3.0) and must have no financial obligation to the University. Students must submit official transcripts from any institutions attended since leaving Philadelphia University. Readmission is also subject to available space in the program. Students should check with their program director upon re-entry to review any curriculum changes that may have occurred. Students may be asked to complete additional requirements to graduate.

Documentation

All documents received as part of the admissions procedure become the property of the University. They will not be duplicated, returned to the applicant or forwarded to any other college, university, individual or agency. One copy of each of the transcripts will be released to the program director.

Statement of Philosophy of Graduate Education

Graduate education at Philadelphia University is an extension of the University’s mission to offer professional education. Programs combine theory and practice, scholarly research and application to produce graduates who are prepared for both senior levels of responsibility and further graduate study, including the doctorate. Curricula are organized around foundation, core, concentration and elective courses, and are taught by both full-time faculty and practicing professionals. Curricula are based on measurable learning outcomes developed by University faculty and professional standards as defined by both professional associations and practicing professionals.