UD currently has a graduate population of nearly 3,600 students – with an equal mix of doctoral students and master's degree students.
UD offers 50 doctoral and 116 master's degree programs.
In 2012, UD awarded 275 doctoral degrees and 911 master's degrees.
International students, representing 106 countries, comprise nearly 30% of UD's graduate population with students from China, India, and South Korea being most popular.
Graduate students at UD are provided with the principles and techniques for independent thinking and research that will serve them and others well in the world.
The first doctoral programs at UD, in chemical engineering and chemistry, were approved in December 1946.
The first doctorate was awarded at UD in 1948 to James Westwater in chemical engineering.
Among the most recently established graduate degree programs are Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, M.A. in Chinese Technical Translation and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.
UD has several programs that result in dual degrees such as the Ph.D./M.B.A. in Biological Sciences, the Master's in Engineering/M.B.A., the M.B.A./M.S. in Finance, and the M.B.A./M.S. in Accounting.
UD also offers graduate programs that combine the bachelor's degree with a master's degree for the advanced bachelor's student (called "4+1 programs") such as the B.A. in English combined with the M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language.
UD offers 17 Graduate Certificate Programs that lead to professional certification in such areas as Composite Materials, Nursing, Dietetic Nutrition, and Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business.
UD is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with very high research activity - a designation accorded to less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities.
The University maintains more than 70 research centers and institutes focusing on subjects of special interest and purpose for the public good.