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Information Studies Admissions Information & Requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials required for the evaluation of your application are received before the deadline. If your application is incomplete by the deadline date, it may not be evaluated for the term requested.

Please review the admissions process and application requirements below prior to beginning your application. It is important to note that you do not need your admissions materials prepared at the time of your application. For instance, your resume and essay can be after your application is submitted.

To complete an application for the Ph.D. program in Information Studies, click here and begin with the About You section.

Students applying to the PhD in Information Studies should follow the stated requirements and read the corresponding information below carefully.

PhD in Information Studies Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate application - FREE when submitted online
  • Official final transcripts from ALL Colleges/Universities attended
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE ) Scores (scores older than 5 years will not be accepted, scores in the 50th percentile or above in all three sections are sought)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words)
  • Current Resume
  • Knowledge of introductory descriptive and inferential statistics

For answers to frequently asked questions on topics including the GRE and TOEFL requirements, please see the following Frequently Asked Questions section.

International Applicants

International students must meet the above requirements in addition to the following:

  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores. The test can be preliminarily waived for applicants who have a completed undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. based institution. Note: scores older than 2 years will not be accepted and students must obtain a 600 on the written exam or a 100 on the Internet based exam.

Note: I-20 form and accompanying bank documents are required for international applicant matriculation

All International applicants should visit the International Students and Scholars Services web site for additional information.

The Admissions Process

For an overview of the Admissions Process from program selection to receiving an admission decision please click here.

PhD Program Admission Deadlines

Please be advised that you must have submitted a complete application with all advised materials by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Academic Calendar

New doctoral students are only admitted in the Fall term. CCI operates on a Quarter system.  Each term is approximately 10 weeks in length.  Academic calendars can be found here.

Funding Your Education

Full-Time PhD students have the opportunity to receive a research assistantship that includes a stipend. We do not currently offer scholarships for doctoral students. If you do not receive an assistantship, are a part-time student, or seek additional aid please contact Drexel Central for more specific information regarding financing options and the financial aid process.

Transfer Credits

We do not formally accept transfer credits or previous Master's credits into the PhD program. Every PhD student takes a prescribed "core". Where the Master's credits come in would be in the second half when you begin your research. Students usually build upon their Master's coursework for their research which cuts down the number of independent studies and extra classes they need to take. Thus your pervious classes wouldn't transfer; rather they could be used as a basis for your research.

CCI Graduate Admissions Counselors

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