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Program in Public Administration School of Public Policy and Administration University of Delaware

  • Newark, DE
  • Public
  • Small
  • 55%45%
    student ratio
  • 69
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • 61%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered


Graduate Candidates Find More than Fifty Research Centers at the University of Delaware in Newark

The University of Delaware (UD), in Newark, is a state-assisted, privately governed institute of higher learning that offers a broad range of programs that include 39 doctoral and 79 master's programs through seven colleges and in cooperation with over 50 research centers. There are approximately 3,500 graduate students enrolled throughout the university's seven Colleges: Health and Sciences; Engineering; Education and Public Policy; Earth, Ocean, and Environment; Arts and Sciences; Business and Economics; and Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Offers Graduate Programs that Help Students Make a Difference

The university's School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy is a unit within the College of Education and Public Policy. The school is known for its commitment to practical experience and outstanding opportunities for research assistantships and internship placements. The school's M.A., M.P.A., and Ph.D. programs offer students several specializations or concentrations that enable them to better tailor their programs to their needs and interests and make a difference in the world.

The Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program Integrates Research, Public Service, and Academics

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Urban Affairs and Public Policy program integrates research, public service, and academics, combining practice and theory to create an outstanding program where students achieve a deep understanding of communities and the policies that affect them. Concentrations include community development and nonprofit leadership; energy, environment, and equity; historic preservation; and urban regional planning. Additionally, students may design specializations that align with faculty expertise and the student's interests. Some examples of individually designed specializations include housing, international and comparative policy analysis, and social policy.

The Master of Public Administration Program Prepares Leaders for Careers in Nonprofit or Public Management

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program is geared toward students seeking professions in government, nonprofit organizations and private sectors. It is professional degree for individuals whose aspirations are for careers in nonprofit or public management. This 42-credit program takes an average of two years of full-time scholarship; however, many students opt for part-time study. Furthermore, UD offers a Career Enhancement Option, which is designed for professionals who are working and have a minimum of five years of experience in the field. Students who participate in this option are able to complete the M.P.A. program on an accelerated part-time basis is a little over three years.

The Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy Offers Three Specializations

The Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy is research-oriented and geared toward applicants who have experience in the field and wish to pursue graduate studies, as well as applicants who have recently completed master's-level programs in social science, environmental policy, and public or urban affairs. Ph.D. students can choose from three areas of specialization: governance planning and management; social and urban policy; and technology, environment, and society. Specialization choices help determine the students' eventual choices of research centers and internships. Research centers at the university include the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, the Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research, and the Center for Community Research and Service.

Admissions Guidelines for the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Graduate Programs

To ensure full financial aid consideration, applications for admission to a full-time graduate program in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy should be submitted by February 1. Applications for the M.P.A. Career Enhancement Option should be submitted by April 15.

Students must submit a graduate admission application (available online), one copy of official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, a statement of objectives and interests, resume, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Supplementary Information Form, TOEFL scores (if applicable), and a nonrefundable application fee of $60. Students should send application materials to: Office of Graduate Studies; University of Delaware; 234 Hullihen Hall; Newark, DE 19716.

Location & Contact

Program in Public Administration

School of Public Policy and Administration
University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716
United States

Dr. James Flynn

Ms. Melissa Hopkins

Senior Secretary

Phone: 302-831-8712

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Public Administration Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 39
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


61% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 59
    • Accepted 36
    • Acceptance Rate 61
    • Enrolled 23
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, stipends

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students69
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students69
    • Part-time Percentage23%
    • Full-time Percentage77%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American22%
    • White / Caucasian63%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown3%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty16
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage25%
    • Male Percentage75%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchState and local management, community development and nonprofit leadership, drug and alcohol epidemiology, fiscal and financial policy, transportation impacts and management
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,000,000




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