Graduate Programs

The first doctoral programs at UD, in chemical engineering and chemistry, were approved in 1946. The University awarded its first doctorate, in chemical engineering, in 1948.

Currently, more than 3,600 graduate students are enrolled at UD. The University offers more than 200 graduate and professional degree programs — many ranked by the National Research Council at the top of their fields.

There are approximately 2700 international students and scholars from over 100 countries currently attending the University of Delaware.

At UD you’ll find internationally known scientists, authors and artists on the University of Delaware faculty, including winners of the Nobel Prize, the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Fulbright and Guggenheim awards, and members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and American Association for the Advancement of Science, to name a few. UD also has more than 100 endowed professorships honoring exceptional teacher-scholars recognized by their peers on campus, across the nation and around the world.

Since the University’s founding in 1743, a tradition of excellence and an innovative spirit have distinguished UD. In fact, our first alumni included three signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Today, a major research university with activities underway on every continent, UD is proud to educate the finest students in the world.

UD currently offers 60 doctoral and 145 master’s degree programs. Of these programs 16 are dual degrees, 14 interdisciplinary and 20 on-line. Other options include an avenue to complete a traditional four-year bachelor’s program plus a master’s program in one addition year, known as a 4+1 degree (25 are currently available) and 35 certificate programs across seven colleges and more than 82 research centers and institutes.

UD is one of the top 100 institutions for federal obligations in science and engineering and interdisciplinary initiatives in energy science and policy, the environment and in human health.

Choosing a graduate area of concentration can be a challenge. Whatever your interests, we hope you will be interested in the many programs UD offers.

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1- Applicants to University of Delaware graduate program must possess (or be in the final year of completing) a U.S. equivalent bachelor’s degree.
2- All Resumes, Personal Statements, Writing Samples, Recommendations and Supplemental Documents are expected to be submitted in English.
3- Transcripts / Certificates / Diplomas are expected to be in both the original language and an English translation. The degree title in the original language should be clearly visible in any upload or text selection.
4- Each graduate program reviews their own applicants at varying times. When the decision has been processed you will receive an e-mail letting us know a decision letter has been posted to candidate’s application status page.

TOEFL and IELTS Requirements
International applicants for graduate study at the University of Delaware are expected to have or gain English proficiency prior to enrolling in graduate coursework. Here are the ways to demonstrate English proficiency via your application:
UPDATE – As testing centers have closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of Delaware will temporarily accept the virtual ‘TOEFL at Home’ exam from ETS and the ‘IELTS Indicator’ from the British Council with a one year pilot period.

The University of Delaware sets the following minimum scores:

TOEFL IBT: Minimum score 79 (100 for some programs)
– Minimum Speaking score of 18
TOEFL paper-based: Minimum score of 550 (600 for some programs) PBT
Minimum score of 61 (82 for some programs)

Conditional Admission based on achieving English Proficiency (ELI-CAP)

Some graduate programs will consider an applicant who is otherwise admissible except for English Proficiency. Please click here to see if your program of interest will consider you. (Please note: Some programs expect to see required GRE or GMAT scores prior to consideration, while others will wait to see if you achieve acceptable scores).


Application Deadline:


January-15 To be considered for departmental funding
July-01Final deadline to apply


November-15 Final deadline to apply