Dec 01, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate 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. 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.

UD PCS offers the following professional development programs:

The Division of Professional and Continuing Studies provides customized, on-site training to area businesses, government agencies and professional associations in Delaware and beyond to help meet their educational and professional development needs.

Advisement for Continuing Education and Graduate College Non-Degree Students

The Division of Professional and Continuing Studies ACCESS Center provides academic advisement, career exploration and assessment, and registration assistance to current Continuing Education Non-Degree (CEND) and Graduate College Non-Degree (GCND) students, prospective students, and members of the community. Academic advisors assist students in developing a plan to attain their educational and career goals, providing guidance on UD policies and processes, help with course selection and registration, and connection to resources and supports.

For more information, visit or email

Part-time Study to Fit Your Lifestyle

Enroll in Undergraduate Courses or Complete a Degree 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 without being formally admitted as Continuing Education Non-Degree (CEND) students. CEND students may typically enroll in a maximum of seven credits per semester or session. As long as requisites have been met and there is seat availability, many courses are available to CEND students.

Matriculated undergraduate students can earn degrees through part-time study. Students must apply for admission to these degrees through the Office of Admissions.

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 or at University of Delaware testing location sites.

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

Undergraduate degrees and certificates:

Graduate degrees:

Fully online programs offered by Academic Colleges across the University:

Hybrid (combined online plus on-campus) programs:

Graduate certificates:

Fully online programs offered by Academic Colleges across the University:

Hybrid (combined online plus on-campus) programs:

Noncredit professional development or certificate programs:

Fully online programs:

In addition, UD Online courses can help meet degree requirements in other majors or can be transferred to other college degree programs.

For complete program information, please visit

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, 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. Languages, history, science, technology, religion, art appreciation and music-appreciation and performance-are all areas included within the OLLI program. UD offers OLLI programs online and in-person 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. Enrolling in courses allows students to gain experience taking college level courses, take courses not available at their high schools, and enhance their college applications. Credits become part of students’ permanent records at the University and may be applied toward university undergraduate degrees. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an academic  advisor,  contact the ACCESS Center at or 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 juniors and seniors through the UD Dual Enrollment Program. Through established partnerships with local high schools, student can take college courses that allow them to concurrently satisfy high school requirements and earn University of Delaware credits. Courses are delivered on-site at local high schools and online. 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