The admissions process varies in length dependent on the
receipt of application materials.
On Campus vs. Online Program Selection
In determining which program to apply for, understand that on
campus students may take as many online courses as they wish and
vice versa. While we offer this flexibility, we ask that you
apply to that program in which you foresee taking the majority of
your courses. Please be aware that on campus students will need to
attend online classes at some time during their program. Please
note that the Doctoral program is offered on campus only.
Full-time vs. Part-time Program Selection
Students can choose to work at a full-time or part-time pace.
Part-time students take 1-2 classes a term, whereas full-time
students take 3 or more classes a term. Master's students and
professional development students have five years to complete their
DOCTORAL ONLY: Full-time doctoral students have
the chance to be considered for a research/teaching assistantship
while part-time doctoral students do not. If you are accepted into
the program as a part-time doctoral student and decide you want to
be full-time, you will need to apply and be accepted to full-time
status; it is not guaranteed. Both the full-time and
part-time doctoral programs are completed on campus, not online.
Doctoral students have seven years to complete their program.
Start Term Selection
It is important to keep in mind that students for the MS and
Professional Development programs are admitted in the Fall and
Spring terms only. Exception: MS in National Security Management
(MSNSM) are admitted all four terms. CCI operates on a Quarter
system; each term is approximately 10 weeks in length.
Academic calendars can be found here.
DOCTORAL ONLY: Doctoral students are only
admitted in the Fall term of each academic year.
Complete an Application
After deciding which program is of greatest interest, the first
step involved in the admissions process is to complete an
application online. Materials received before an application
has been received may result in processing delays of these
You may apply online at no charge here.
Acknowledgement of Application
Once your application is received and processed, the University
will acknowledge your application with an email that contains
access information for use with the Discover Drexel
portal. This email will typically arrive within about one or
two weeks of your submission date and will include your unique
university ID and pin which can be used to access the Discover
Track your Application
Through the Discover Drexel
portal you can follow the status of your application 24/7,
which will update as materials are received and entered into the
system. The checklist only shows the items that have not been
processed though they may have been received by Drexel. Documents
sent to Drexel may take up to two weeks to be processed after
having been received. Items will disappear and may re-appear so
keep track of what and when you've submitted them. You will need
your student ID and unique pin (case sensitive) at sign in.
Submitting Application Materials
Please check your
program's Admissions Requirements regarding which materials
need to be submitted.
Official transcripts in sealed envelopes must
be sent directly from each school you have attended, even if it was
for one class.
GRE Scores should be 5 years old or less and
submitted directly from ETS to Drexel. Drexel's test code for the
GRE is 2194.
- Library and Information Science, Information Systems, and
Health Informatics applicants: scores in the 50th percentile or
above in all three sections are sought.
- The CCI Admissions Review Board will review for a preliminary
GRE waiver when any eligible transcript (final transcript showing
degree conferred) is received. Please note that this decision is
considered tentative and subject to change by the CCI Admissions
Review Board. Master's level applicants with a cumulative GPA of
3.2 or higher, on a 4.0 grade scale, in any completed degree
program, Bachelor's or above, may be waived. Applicants with
a half cum (the cumulative GPA associated with the second half of
credits completed) of 3.2 or higher, on a 4.0 grade scale, in any
completed degree, Bachelor's or above, may also be waived.
- The preliminary GRE waiver review does not need to be
requested. If you receive the preliminary GRE waiver, this item
will be removed as a required item on the checklist available
through the Discover Drexel Portal mentioned above.
- MS in National Security Management applicants: GRE is not
- MS in Computer Science and Software Engineering applicants: GRE
test scores are required for all applicants and there is no waiver
- Doctoral applicants: GRE test scores are required for all
You may email your essay/statement of purpose
directly to your CCI Recruiter as a Word document or PDF
file attachment after your application has been submitted. In
approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope
to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and
anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about
You may email your resume directly to your CCI
Recruiter as Word document or PDF file attachment after your
application has been submitted. A current business ready resume is
Applicants of the MS Library and Information Science, MS
Information Systems, and MS Health Informatics programs may
complete and submit a Credit for Work
Experience application. It is a writable PDF that can
be saved to your desktop or passed to those who will provide
support. Be sure to read and follow the directions on the form.
Letters of recommendation may be mailed
to us in sealed envelopes on letterhead or submitted via the Electronic Letter of
Recommendation (ELOR) system. Letters may be academic,
professional or both.
TOEFL Scores should be 2 years old or less and
submitted directly from ETS to Drexel. Drexel's test code for the
TOEFL is 2194. Please note that the TOEFL can be waived for
applicants who have a completed undergraduate or graduate degree
from a U.S. based institution.
I-20 Form and accompanying financial documentation are required
for the matriculation of international applicants seeking a student
visa, but are not required in order for an admissions decision to
NOTE: All documents that you submit, or are submitted on your
behalf, in support of your application for admission to Drexel
University become the property of the University, and will under no
circumstances be released to you or any other party. Documents sent
to Drexel may take up to two weeks to be processed after having
Completion of Application and Materials
Once you submit a complete application and all materials are
received, your file will be sent to be reviewed by The CCI
Admissions Review Board. Files are reviewed on a rolling basis
meaning that as soon as all of your materials are received, the
review process can begin. Decisions are reached and
communicated within 6-8 weeks. The Discover Drexel Portal will
indicate when your file is complete and when a decision is
DOCTORAL ONLY: Once you submit a
complete application and all
materials are received, your file will be sent to be
reviewed by the Doctoral Committee. Files are reviewed by the
Doctoral Committee after the deadline is passed. The Discover
Drexel Portal will indicate when your file is complete.
Communication of the Decision and Subsequent Steps
Once the Admissions Review Board/Doctoral Committee renders a
decision you will be notified via the Discover Drexel Portal.
Students are asked to read the decision carefully and follow any
and all directions accordingly.
Master's and certificate accepted students must
enroll (confirm and register) before the end of the first week of
classes or they will be unable to attend their accepted term.
Availability of classes for new students registering during the
first week of a term is not guaranteed.
Doctoral accepted students must enroll (confirm
and register) as per the instruction given. Part-time and
non-assistantship students will need to pay a matriculation