The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware offers the PSM (Professional Science Master's) Degree in Biotechnology. This is a very challenging degree and getting an admission to the program is not easy. A student must have a BA or BS degree in science or engineering disciplines. Further, applicants must have a background in Biological Science, Mathematics, Physics, General Chemistry, and Organic chemistry. GRE is a must for this course. International students must have a TOEFL score of above 550.

In addition to the science subjects pertaining to biological sciences and biotechnology, a candidate can choose either a business/industry track or a government/non-profit track to suit their employment goals.
The course includes a seven-month-long internship at a biotechnology company.

The Department of Biological Sciences Core Microscopy Facility and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) Bioimaging Center are involved in contemporary imaging technologies that enable researchers and students to monitor and/or visualize, molecules, ions, proteins, nucleic acids, organelles, gene expression, etc. at a cellular/subcellular level.

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Disease Modeling
  • Thermodynamics
  • Biomedical
  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology
  • Transport Separations
  • Colloids/Interfaces
  • Cancer Diagnosis & Therapy
  • Biomechanics
  • Catalysis/Reactions
  • Bioprocessing
  • Environment
  • Cytomechanics
  • Motor Control & Behavior
  • Tissue & Regenerative Engineering
  • Clinical & Translational Science
  • Energy/Sustainability
  • Materials
  • Musculoskeletal & Neural Engineering
  • Biomolecular
  • Polymers/Composites
  • Process Control/Systems Analysis. 

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

U.S. News & World Report ranked the chemical engineering programs of the department as 8th in the country in 2019. The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (B.Ch.E.). 

The College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences also offer a joint five-year program that leads to a Bachelor’s degree in one of the engineering majors as well as a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department also offers three five-year B.S plus Master’s programs. The College of Engineering and the Lerner College of Business and Economics allows students who want to pursue a business degree too to acquire a BCHE/MBA degree.

In collaboration with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, students can acquire a Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering (BChE/MMSE) degree. In addition, a student can also opt for the Chemical Engineering/Particle Technology (BChe/MEPT) degree. These five-year fast-track Bachelor’s cum Master’s degrees are offered only to exceptional students who have consistently achieved high scores.

The graduate program in the Chemical Engineering Department offers a Master’s in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. The Master’s in Chemical Engineering has thesis and non-thesis options. The non – thesis program is for students with professional experience.
Ph.D. students can enroll directly for the doctoral program and obtain a Master’s en route or can study for the two-year Master’s in Chemical Engineering (MChE) programme separately. 

  • Areas of Expertise: Biomedical; Thermodynamics; Transport Separations; Process Control/Systems Analysis; Catalysis/Reactions; Bioprocessing; Environment; Biomolecular; Energy/Sustainability; Colloids/Interfaces; Polymers/Composites; Materials
  • List of Labs: Center for Molecular and Engineering Thermodynamics; Center for Catalytic Science and Technology; Natl Inst for Innov in Manuf Biopharm; Center for Biomanufacturing Science & Technology.

Civil and Environmental

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a four-year BCE (Bachelor in Civil Engineering) degree. Exceptional students can qualify for the Honors program offered by the university. Further, another course is a collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences leading to a dual degree Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Arts. Students with high scores in their undergraduate studies also have the following five-year courses to choose from - Civil Engineering (BCE/MCE) which is a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s course saving students one year; Civil Engineering/Business Administration (BCE/MBA); Civil Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering (BCE/MMSE).

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers three graduate programs of study and research leading to three degrees: Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Applied Sciences, and Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering. The Master of Civil Engineering degree is for those with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, while the Master of Applied Sciences degree is for students who do not hold an engineering undergraduate degree. Students studying for the Master in Civil Engineering (MCE) may choose either a thesis or a non-thesis option.

A dual degree- MBA & Master of Civil Engineering program is available to graduate students. The minimum requirement for admission to a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering is a Bachelor of Science in engineering from an accredited college. Students with bachelor’s degrees and exceptional academic backgrounds may be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program.

For Environmental Engineering, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a four-year BEnE (Bachelor in Environmental Engineering). Exceptional students can qualify for the Honors program offered by the university. Well-qualified Environmental Engineering majors may apply for the five-year Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering (BEnE) and a Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) degree.

The department offers a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in the Environmental Engineering field as its doctorate program.

  • Areas of Expertise: The Critical Zone; Environmental Justice; Water Sustainability; Physical Science; Environmental and Water Resources; Chemical / Biological Science; Marine Science; Ecoscience; Civil Infrastructure Systems; Transportation; Energy Policy & Administration; Sustainable Development Policy; Atmospheric Science; Geotechnical ; Energy & Environment; Global Environments; Renewable Energy; Energy Systems; Energy Sustainability; Political Ecology; Water Science; Coastal and Ocean Engineering; Structural
  • List of Labs: Disaster Research Center; Delaware Center for Transportation Studies; Center for Innovative Bridge Engineering; Center for Applied Coastal Research; Center for the Study of Pollutants in the Environment.

Computer Science

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) offers three Bachelor Degree programs - BS in Computer Science, BA in Computer Science, and BS in Information Systems.
The graduate program offers a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science. The M.S in Computer Science is normally completed in four semesters of full-time study. Although a thesis is optional, students are encouraged to prepare one. For a Ph.D. in Computer Science, each candidate must complete all requirements laid down by the university.

Additionally, the Department also offers a Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. The M.S is a thesis-based program, and students normally go on to advanced research and Ph.D. 

  • Areas of Expertise: Software Engineering; Natural Language Processing; Computer Networks; High-Performance Computing; Bioinformatics; Artificial Intelligence; Theory of Computation; Computer Vision; Computer Graphics.
  • List of Labs: Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.The department offers a special BEE/MSECE (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering/Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering) program for highly-qualified undergraduate students. This program allows the student to earn both BEE and MSECE degrees in five years of full-time study in the department.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering.Applicants normally should have a B.S. in electrical or computer engineering to be eligible for the master’s programs. However, admission may be granted to applicants with an undergraduate degree in another engineering or a related field, such as Math, Physics, or Computer Science.

The M.S degree has two options – thesis and non-thesis. It is important to note that if one opts for the thesis option, there is a possibility of receiving department funding through a research or teaching assistantship.
A dual degree of MBA & MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering programs is also available for the applicants.

  • Areas of Expertise: Signal Processing; Computer Systems; Software Engineering; Network Science; Photonics; Nanoelectronics; Communications; Electromagnetics; Cybersecurity; Dynamical Systems, Control & Mathematical Biology
  • List of Labs: Center for Information and Communications Sciences


The Department of Finance in the Alfred Lerner School of Business and Economics offers four-year B.S courses in Finance, Financial Planning, and Wealth Management. The undergraduate finance degree at the University of Delaware has been recognized by the CFA Institute (Chartered Financial Analyst).

The majors offered by this department include an M.S in Finance and an MBA in Finance. These courses take approximately 18 months to complete. In addition, the department also offers a Finance B.S. + M.S. Accelerated Degree Program. Additionally, the department also offers an MBA/MS in Finance dual degree.

The Lerner School and the Engineering Department of the University of Delaware offer a Doctorate program in Financial Services Analytics. The Ph.D. in Financial Services Analytics is a multi-disciplinary graduate program with a scientific curriculum that builds upon the research and educational strengths of departments across the College of Engineering and the Lerner College of Business and Economics.

  • Areas of Expertise: Process Mining & Process Optimization; Consumer Analytics & Customer Service; Risk Management Analytics.

Material Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering use the principles of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering to develop better, safer, and more sustainable materials. The School of Engineering offers a four-year B.S in Materials Science and Engineering as an undergraduate program. The Materials Science and Engineering (MSEG) department offers a special five-year BS/MMSE program for exceptional undergraduate students.

This program allows the student to earn a bachelor’s degree from one of several partnering departments (including Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, and Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences) and a Master’s Degree in Materials Science.

The Master’s program has two options: thesis and non-thesis. The non-thesis degree is offered primarily to off-campus or part-time students but is also available to full-time students with permission from the graduate committee. The university also has an MSME/MBA dual degree program.
It also offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program. Students with exceptional records in their Bachelor’s can apply and secure an M.S en route to the Ph.D.

  • Areas of Expertise: Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials; Materials Characterization; Electronic Materials; Photonic Materials; Self-Assembly of Materials; Photovoltaics; Nanomaterials; Biological & Biomedical Materials; Polymers & Composites; Thin Film Materials. 


The Mechanical Engineering Department offers a four-year degree program leading to the B.S in Mechanical Engineering.

Two other concentrations are available – Mechanical Engineering - Aerospace Engineering Concentration (BME) and Mechanical Engineering - Automotive Engineering Concentration (BME). Exceptional students can also opt for any of the following five-year integrated degrees - Mechanical Engineering (BME/MME); Mechanical Engineering/Business Administration (BME/MBA); Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering (BME/MMSE).

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in mechanical engineering.
MSME students may choose a research-based thesis track or a coursework-based non-thesis track.  It must be noted that the non-thesis degree is offered primarily to off-campus or part-time students but is also available to full-time students with permission from the graduate committee.

The Doctoral program Ph.D. in Mechanical engineering is primarily for students who have graduated with an M.S. However it is possible to pursue the Ph.D. degree directly after a bachelor’s degree.
Apart from these courses, an MS in Robotics is also offered.

  • Areas of Expertise: Biomedical Engineering; Composites and Advanced Materials; Robotics & Controls; Clean Energy and Environment; Nanotechnology.
  • List of Labs: The Center for Biomedical Engineering Research; Center for Fuel Cells & Batteries.
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