Maximum enrollment will generally be limited to approximately eight matriculated students, one or two accepted a year, dependent upon the amount of additional funding available to support students in this program, and by the availability of faculty members to serve as advisors within the demands of their individual workloads. Students will be admitted to the program based upon enrollment availability and their ability to meet the following recommended entrance requirements:
Applications must be made online via the University of Delaware's Graduate and Professional Education web site and all relevant materials must be received by February 1.
Applicants should write to the PSP Director in advance and submit a c.v. and brief proposal for a dissertation topic. A pre-admissions advisory committee will be assembled to discuss and suggest changes so that a revised proposal can be submitted by February 1. Applications must include:
Proposed project title Project significance and goals Background, preliminary survey of existing literature Methodology, examples to be studied Your ability to complete this project successfully, ability to speak or read the necessary languages, etc. Faculty and coursework at the University of Delaware that you feel would be relevant to your study.
Applicants are to contact the PSP Director (currently Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner, ) well in advance of the annual February 1 deadline, and preliminary discussions will be arranged by electronic mail in order to determine if there are potential faculty members available in the chosen concentration and what travel or analytical equipment funding may be necessary.
After receiving a c.v. and description of the proposed dissertation topic, the PSP Director will attempt to assemble a pre-admissions advisory committee of at least three interdisciplinary faculty members who can address the suggested topic to determine its suitability for available UD expertise. This committee will present its findings to a larger five-person interdisciplinary admissions/PSP advisory committee after all admissions materials listed above have been received.
Admission to the program is selective and competitive based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty and facilities for each concentration and dissertation topic area. Applicants who meet stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths. An on-campus interview with members of the pre-admissions advisory committee is strongly encouraged while the application is in progress.