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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 Public Policy & Administration Offers Graduate Programs that Help Students Make a Difference

The university's School of Public Policy & Administration (SPPA) is a unit within the College of Arts and Sciences. SPPA is known for its commitment to practical experience and outstanding opportunities for research assistantships and internship placements. The school's M.A., MPA, and Ph.D. programs offer students several specializations or concentrations that enable them to better tailor their programs to their needs and interests to pursue careers in the nonprofit and public sectors and make a difference in their communities, countries, and 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. Areas in which a student may focus their study include: disaster science and management, health policy, historic preservation, housing and community development, media and public policy, nonprofits and philanthropy, and urban and regional planning. Additionally, students may select other areas of focus that align with faculty expertise and the student's interests.

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

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) 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 36-credit program takes an average of two years of full-time scholarship; however, many students opt for part-time study. MPA students can specialize in nonprofit and community management, public policy and management, emergency management, or design their own specialization that aligns with faculty and student research interests. Furthermore, UD offers a Career Enhancement Option (C.E.O.), which is designed for professionals who are working and have a minimum of three years of experience in the field. Students who participate in this option are able to complete the MPA program on an accelerated part-time basis is a little over three years.

The Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy Offers Hands-On Research and Teaching Experience

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. A Ph.D. student's area of interest helps determine the students' eventual choices of research centers and internships. Research centers at the SPPA and UD include the Institute for Public Administration (IPA), the Center for Community Research and Service (CCRS), the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, and the Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research (CADSR).

Admissions Guidelines for the School of Public Policy & Administration Graduate Programs

To ensure full financial aid consideration, applications for admission to a full-time graduate program in the School of Public Policy & Administration should be submitted by January 15. Applications for the M.P.A. Career Enhancement Option should be submitted by April 15, or December 15 for spring semester matriculation.

Students must submit a graduate admission application (available online), one copy of official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work, GRE scores (unless they are an MPA C.E.O. applicant with 3+ years of related work and a 3.0+ undergraduate GPA), three letters of recommendation, a statement of objectives and interests, resume, SPPA Supplementary Information Form, TOEFL scores (if applicable), and a nonrefundable application fee of $75. Students should submit all application materials online through the University of Delaware Office of Graduate Studies website.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA) Historic preservation
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Technology, environment and society
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Governance planning and management
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Social and urban policy
Master of Arts (MA) Urban affairs and public policy

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Analytical paper or thesis
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.5
International Students Exam Details
TOEFL: Required


Focus of faculty research: Political economy; social policy analysis; technology and society; historic preservation; urban policy
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address 210 South College Avenue
Newark, DE  19716
United States

Phone: 302-831-2000