Office of Admissions

Programs in the Biden School combine excellence in the classroom with a focus on substantive real-world experiential learning opportunities for our students. Consistent with our founding principles, all of our programs are distinctively interdisciplinary and applied. The challenges of our times are not neatly bundled in disciplinary packages—they must be approached from multiple, creative vantage points. Our faculty and students work directly with the diverse communities we serve, learn from them as we apply our knowledge and research to their challenges and constantly refine our solutions so that we may form a bridge between the community of ideas and the community of action.

Degrees Offered

MPA—Master of Public Administration (on-campus and online modalities available)
MPH—Master of Public Health in Health Policy & Management
MPP—Master of Public Policy
M.A. and Ph.D. in Urban Affairs & Public Policy
M.S. and Ph.D. in Disaster Science & Management
Master's and Ph.D. in Energy & Environmental Policy

We also offer graduate certificate programs in Nonprofit & Voluntary Action as well as Historic Preservation.

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Security Studies (National or International)
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning

Graduate Program Overview

The Biden School of Public Policy & Administration currently offers six master's degree programs and two graduate certificates. Each program offers various areas of research, specializations, or concentrations—so you can tailor your program to suit your areas of interest and career goals.

Master of Public Administration—MPA
Our NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration program offers cutting-edge experiential training in public and not-for-profit leadership, management, and analysis.

Master of Public Health—MPH
Designed to prepare students for a career in health policy in either applied (e.g., healthcare institutions, nonprofits, and local, state, or federal agencies) or research settings

Master of Public Policy—MPP
A well-recognized core professional degree providing advanced analytic and substantive knowledge of public policy, analysis, and communication.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Urban Affairs and Public Policy
The Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and Public Policy program is broad-based and flexible, allowing students to pursue a wide range of planning, policy, and research issues affecting the public and nonprofit sectors.

Master of Energy and Environmental Policy—MEEP
The Master of Energy and Environmental Policy degree combines rigorous academic studies, in-depth analysis of energy and environmental policies, praxis in the design of energy and environmental policies, and participation in public dialogues about the need for equitable futures.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Disaster Science and Management
The interdisciplinary M.S. in Disaster Science and Management includes a thesis and a ​non-thesis option. The program approaches disasters from a distinctly interdisciplinary point of view and emphasizes theories, research methodologies, and policies related to emergency preparedness, mitigation, management, and response.

​Biden School of Public Policy & Administration graduate students are eligible to be considered for research assistantships that are generated with Biden School faculty and affiliated research centers. Research assistants engage in real-world projects, working side by side with Biden School faculty and professional staff, while receiving tuition support and stipend pay.

​The Biden School of Public Policy & Administration currently offers three distinct, but related, doctoral programs. These programs take an interdisciplinary approach to the education of doctoral students, which leverages our intellectually diverse faculty and engages related disciplines across the university and beyond. All of our programs offer rigorous substantive and methodogical training in a collaborative research environment.

Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management
The Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management is an interdisciplinary degree organized around thematic areas.

Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy
Candidates who successfully complete the ENEP Ph.D. degree are prepared for rewarding academic or professional careers in sustainable energy and water development, environmental protection, climate change policy, and green economics.

Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy
​The Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy program, one of the oldest in the nation, is research oriented and renowned for its interdisciplinary approach to policy analysis.

Admissions Deadline

January 15 - priority deadline for admissions and funding consideration

July 1 - applications are accepted on a rolling basis through July 1 (for fall admission), but sooner is always better for the best possibility of admissions and funding support

Admissions Overview

When applying to a Biden School of Public Policy & Administration graduate program, the following documents must be submitted online through the graduate application s​ystem. Please do not attempt to mail any printed copies of materials, as this may cause delays and errors in the processing of your application.

University of Delaware Graduate Admission Application.

One copy of the unofficial transcript(s) for all colleges and universities previously attended that documents and shows all undergraduate and graduate-level work completed.

A current résumé.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. UD's institution code is 5811. No department code is necessary.

Details about scores and other admission criteria are available here.​​​

Three letters of recommendation. It is suggested that at least one be an academic recommendation. You are responsible for entering the recommenders' names and email addresses, and then the application system will automatically contact your recommenders for their letters to be uploaded online.

Personal Statement. Please follow the submission instructions in the Graduate Admission Application.

Supplemen​tary Information Form.​

Contact Information

184 Graham Hall
Newark, DE

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