May 23, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional and Continuing Studies

The Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS) extends the University of Delaware’s academic resources to citizens throughout the state and beyond through credit courses, certificate programs, non-degree short courses, distance learning, institutes and conferences. Programs are offered in the fall and spring semesters as well as during the winter and summer sessions. Programs are taught or conducted by University faculty members and by outstanding professionals in their particular subject areas.

Advisement for Continuing Education Students

The Division of Professional and Continuing Studies ACCESS Center provides academic advisement, career exploration and assessment, and registration assistance to current and prospective Continuing Education students, as well as members of the community. In-person, telephone and video conference appointments may be arranged by calling 302-831-8843.

For more information, call 302-831-7600 or see

Part-time Study to Fit Your Lifestyle

Take Undergraduate Courses and Degrees as a Part-time Student

Undergraduate students are considered part-time if they enroll in fewer than 12 credits during the fall or spring semester. Part-time students may be admitted to a degree program, or they may take courses, in a non-degree status, as Continuing Education (CEND) students. CEND students may typically enroll in a maximum of seven credits per semester or session. Courses available to CEND students are subject to availability, requisites and restrictions.

Matriculated undergraduate students can earn degrees through part-time study. Students must apply for admission to these degrees through the Office of Admissions. It is possible to begin taking courses without formal admission as a CEND student.

For more information regarding taking credit courses as a Continuing Education student, contact the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies ACCESS Center via email at or visit

Distance Learning Brings the Campus to You

UD Online learning provides nontraditional students with greater access to credit courses and degree programs at the University of Delaware. UD Online offers students the freedom to pursue their degree even if their schedules or geographic locations prevent them from attending class on campus.

The UD Online “virtual classroom” features many creative learning technologies such as videostreamed class lectures, interactive web activities, blogs, online research projects, threaded discussions and chatrooms. Online courses have exams proctored virtually and at the University of Delaware testing locations.

The following programs or courses are available in online or hybrid-online format.

Undergraduate degrees and certificates:

Learning Should Last a Lifetime

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Delaware, a program of the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies, provides more than 450 noncredit courses each semester as well as seminars, travel, cultural and social events, and other learning and enrichment activities for individuals age 50 and over. Courses and activities are planned and taught by members. UD has OLLI programs in Wilmington, Dover, Lewes, Bridgeville and Ocean View. For more information, please visit

Academically Qualified High School Students May Take Courses Through Continuing Education

High school students interested in taking credit courses at the University may enroll as Continuing Education students. Interested students are required to meet with a Professional and Continuing Studies ACCESS Center academic advisor. Concurrent enrollment allows students to supplement high school work with more advanced material, pursue interests, or build on special talents. Credits become part of the student’s permanent record at the University and may be applied toward a university degree. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor, call the ACCESS Center at 302-831-8843. For more information regarding opportunities available to high school students, visit

The Dual Enrollment Program. The Division of Professional and Continuing Studies, in partnership with several UD colleges and departments, offers introductory-level courses to academically-qualified high school students through the Dual Enrollment Program. Courses are delivered on-site at local high schools, through interactive online streaming from UD’s Newark campus to Delaware high school classrooms and online. Students can concurrently earn University and high school credits for completing these courses successfully. Academic and student services are available to those enrolled in the program. For more information, please visit or email

The Governor’s School for Excellence is a one-week summer residential program that brings together academically and artistically talented Delaware high school students who have completed their sophomore year. Students live in residence halls on the Newark campus and attend either the academic program–consisting of discussions, lectures, debates and films revolving around a specific theme–or the visual and performing arts program, which provides tutorial instruction with a noted artist and culminates in a performance or display of work.

Information is available through Delaware’s secondary schools or by visiting