How to Apply

School of Adult & Continuing Education

We strongly encourage applicants to apply prior to the priority deadline for admission consideration and financial support; however, we review applications on a rolling admissions basis. Again, we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

  • Fall Priority Deadline: August 1st
  • Spring Priority Deadline: November 15th

Adult-Learner Admission

  • Submit an online application.
  • Official High School Transcript or General Equivalency Diploma/GED: Submit only if you have no transferrable college credits or have less than 12 transferrable college credits. 
  • Transcripts: Submit official transcripts for all accredited institutions you have attended and/or from which you earned credit. 
  • Résumé: A current professional résumé is required.

Transfer Admission

If you have current or prior college credits, you can apply as a transfer student if you meet the below criteria:

  • You are in good standing at all previously attended institutions
  • You have completed 12 or more transferable credit hours
  • You have a minimum of 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average/CGPA

Graduate Admission

  • Submit an online application.
  • Transcripts: Submit official transcripts for all accredited institutions you have attended and/or from which you earned credit. 
  • Personal Statement:  Please reference the specific academic program for more information.
  • Résumé: A current professional résumé is required.
  • Additional requirements may be required based on the academic program; please reference the academic program for more information.

International Admission

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS exam scores if you are a non-native English speaker.
    • A score of 500 on the Paper-Based (PBT) or a score of 71 on the Internet-Based (IBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose native language is not English. Lincoln’s school code is 2367. Only official reports from ETS will be accepted. Note: In lieu of the TOEFL (if not offered in your country), applicants may submit results from IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5.
  • An official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma and/or certificate. Documents must be evaluated by an accredited evaluation service. Applicants are encouraged to submit transcripts to World Education Services for evaluation.
  • Affidavit of Support Form and the supporting financial/income documentation showing proof of funds to cover your academic expenses for the duration of your time at Lincoln University. Multiple sponsors are permitted; however, the dollar amount must be indicated.
    • A sponsor letter stating the sponsor’s name, your name, relationship to the sponsor and the sponsor’s intent to be responsible for your expenses; if you are self-sponsored, you should submit a letter stating that you are sponsoring yourself.
    • Recent monthly bank statement; if the statement is in a foreign currency, the U.S dollar equivalent and conversion rate must be stated. The balance must match or exceed the total completed in the “1st Year” column on the Financial Resources Form; a letter written by a bank is not acceptable.
  • Immigration Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility), is required to obtain a student visa, but is not issued until the applicant has:
    • Officially been accepted by Lincoln University;
    • Paid the enrollment fee, and;
    • Submit a financial statement indicating how expenses will be met while attending the University.

Please contact the Office of International Programs (OIP) at or 484-365-7785 with additional questions or concerns relative to international admissions.

Important Notes

  • Only completed application packets will be evaluated and reviewed for an admission decision.
  • The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request an admission interview and additional supplemental documentation during the evaluation process.


Please contact us at 215-590-8200 or

You are strongly encouraged to upload your supplemental documents to your student portal. You may also email documents to or postal mail to:

Lincoln University
School of Adult and Continuing Education
Attention: Office of Admissions
3020 Market Street, Fourth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104