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DBMD is an accelerated degree program that is available to third- and fourth-year students and alumni from Temple University’s partner institutions. For students applying as juniors, after completing the first three years and most of the required undergraduate courses at their home institution, successful candidates arrive at Temple University in their fourth year. In years four and five, DBMD students complete all course requirements for both degrees. Upon successful completion of the five-year program, students receive their Bachelor’s degree from their home institution and their Master’s degree from Temple University. Those applying in their fourth year or as alumni, will have already completed their undergraduate requirements before arriving at Temple.
Depending on your major, there are one-year, one-and-a-half year, and two-year options for degree completion. You are not required to complete the program in a specific amount of time and are able to take additional time if necessary to complete your degree.
Yes. If you miss the fall deadline, you should contact Global Programs to inquire about an extension. Global Programs will then check with your department of interest about application deadline flexibility. Additionally, you are still able to enter the DBMD program in the spring. Certain departments may not offer spring admission, but we encourage you to communicate with the DBMD program officer if you are considering spring admission. The application deadline for spring is October 15.
If you are applying in your third year, you will need to complete your undergraduate coursework during your first year at Temple. Course evaluations and credit transfer are done on a student-by-student basis after you are accepted into the DBMD program. If you still need to complete undergraduate requirements, you can work with your home university advisor and department head to submit your DBMD Study Plan to the DBMD program officer. The program officer will then work with the appropriate Temple faculty members to finalize approval by the relevant department.
Find DBMD degree options here.
Entry requirements vary according to your major of interest. You can find graduate program requirements by degree program here. You have the best chance of being admitted if you meet the following eligibility criteria:
Review the application process and required application materials here.
Graduate admission decisions are reviewed by the department in which the student applies. Therefore the timing of decisions varies depending on the volume and admission criteria for that department. Most decisions are completed within 4-6 weeks after students submit a complete application package to Temple University. For updates on the decision for your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The university charges graduate tuition per credit hour, with most students taking between 9 to 12 credits per semester. Tuition rates vary by program. Find updated tuition rates for your program of interest here.
Yes. As a DBMD student, you are eligible to receive between 10% and 20% of your tuition in scholarships based on your Temple GPA. Global Programs reviews scholarships every semester. You are eligible to continue receiving your award if your academic performance continues to meet the scholarship requirements (3.0 GPA and above). You are also eligible to apply for graduate assistantships in your second year. Individual departments review assistantships. If awarded, these assistantships can provide students with up to 100% tuition remission.
As a DBMD student, you can live in Temple’s Graduate Housing, located approximately 2.5 km from Main Campus, but easily accessible via public transportation. Find more information about rooms and rates here.
You can also choose off-campus housing at one of the private apartments near campus. For more information about options and availability, please see Temple’s Off-Campus Housing website here.
Temple University will release your official transcript after your semester grades are posted. Transcripts are normally available one to two weeks after the posting. Once you finish your spring semester, you should receive your transcript by early June. If you are completing your fall semester, you should receive your transcript in early January.
If for some reason you are unable to complete your undergraduate degree requirements in your first semester, you are still able to continue your graduate coursework in your second semester in addition to any undergraduate coursework you may need to complete your degree.
As an international student at Temple University, you must have valid health insurance that meets the U.S. Department of State’s minimum requirements. Find these requirements on Temple HR's website.
Yes. Temple University offers three university health insurance options. All three levels meet the U.S. Department of State’s minimum requirements. Learn more about the options here.
You are required to have the following immunizations prior to arriving on campus:
Learn more about these vaccinations, as well as additionally recommended immunizations on the Student Health website.
To apply for on-campus housing, submit a $250 deposit in the MyHousing section of your TUportal. On-campus housing for graduate students is very limited and is given to students on a first come, first-served basis.
Review the housing cancellation policy. You may forfeit your deposit or be charged penalty fees if you cancel after a certain date. Please be sure to read the cancellation policies before you agree to live in university housing.
Many off-campus housing facilities around Temple University are university approved and very close to campus. Learn more about off-campus housing options here. Before signing an off-campus lease (contract), please update Global Programs so that we can verify the location and answer any questions you may have.
Find on-campus move-in dates here. We will also communicate this information with you before your arrival.
Yes, you can arrive before move-in dates, but you will need to apply for early move-in through the MyHousing section of your TUportal. Please also update Global Programs so we can confirm with Housing that they received your request.
Find meal plan options as well as instructions on how to sign-up for a meal plan here. If you will be living in Temple’s Graduate Housing, please remember it is 2.5 km from campus and its dining facilities. Take this into consideration when deciding if you should purchase a meal plan.
Apply for an F-1 visa unless advised otherwise by your graduate program.
After you're accepted into the DBMD program, Global Programs will reach out to you with arrival information. Typically, the DBMD orientation is held one week prior to the start of Fall semester classes. Various graduate departments may have their orientations earlier, so please confirm these important dates with your department prior to purchasing your airline ticket.
The Office of International Affairs typically arranges shuttle transportation from the Philadelphia airport to Temple University the week prior to the beginning of the semester. You are eligible to use that transportation. In the DBMD pre-arrival communication, we will provide you with specifics regarding the Temple shuttle, as well as other options for arriving on campus.
Prior to your arrival, you will receive an orientation schedule that will detail the dates, times, and locations of Global Programs and campus events. If possible, we recommend arriving prior to the start of your sessions so that you are well-rested after your flight.
Because email is the official means of communication for Temple, the university only issues electronic bills (e-bills) for currently registered students. We don’t mail paper bills and instead send bill notifications to your official Temple email account. You can view your bills in TUpay through your TUPortal. An email can also be sent to the e-mail account of the Authorized Payer listed in TUpay.
Find the billing schedule on the Bursar's website.
Your options include TUpay through the TUPortal (online), payment by mail (check only), payment in person (check), as well as international payments through Flywire. We do not recommend bringing large sums of cash to pay for your tuition in person. Learn more about payment options here.