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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

Online Application for Graduate Programs

Form for Letter of Recommendation

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

We will accept your supporting application materials through Interfolio at www.interfolio.com.

Register for an Interfolio account using the email address you used on your Duquesne online application. Interfolio charges a single flat fee of $48 for a one-year subscription, which pays for 50 deliveries throughout the following 12 months. Students do not need to pay just to store and organize their confidential letters - those "basic" Dossier accounts are free. However, users must upgrade to Dossier Delivery for access to the delivery functionality ($48). Once upgraded, 50 deliveries (any type, except for Priority and FedEx mail) are available for use. There are no additional fees.

Request, gather, and upload the following documents individually to your Interfolio account and submit them electronically to the Graduate School. Submitting all documents in one delivery is recommended to ensure faster processing. Please see the directions below for Interfolio submission.

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 with your application, followed by a final, official transcript upon enrollment as a Duquesne University graduate student. Submission of all transcripts for any additional undergraduate or graduate coursework is required.

The Graduate School only accepts transcripts that are submitted through Interfolio. If you are admitted and enroll, you must submit hard copies of your official, final transcript(s) documenting your previous college and/or university coursework and degree(s). However, if you already have an official, sealed, hard copy transcript, you may mail it directly to the Graduate School and you will not need to submit it to Interfolio.

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.

Letters of Recommendation are only accepted through Interfolio. No other electronic submission of a letter of recommendation is acceptable. To request a letter, follow Interfolio's instructions. To ensure that your recommenders receive the letter request, please inform them that the request will come from help@interfolio.com, with your name in the "From" field. Your recommenders can return letters to Interfolio electronically or by mail. If you prefer, your recommenders may mail the original letter directly to the Graduate School in a signed, sealed envelope.

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.

Submit your typed document through Interfolio. Be sure you choose the appropriate document type when uploading. You may also submit a hard copy of the statement directly to the Graduate School.

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.

Submit your typed document through Interfolio. Be sure you choose the appropriate document type when uploading. You may also submit a hard copy of the resume directly to the Graduate School.

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.


When you are ready to send your materials via Interfolio:
1. Choose "New Delivery"
2. Type "Duquesne" in the search bar, (found at the bottom left).
3. Choose "All Grad School Applicants"
If you are still unable to make the submission please contact Interfolio at 1-877-997-8807.

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.

All students: Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores.
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. You can find additonal information on Frequently Asked Questions.

    New, full-time students in 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.