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Graduate Studies

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are working at the forefront of a wide range of fields, from clinical psychology and environmental science, to physics and mathematics. Degree programs are available at the Doctorate and Master’s level, and for both full-time and part-time students. Our graduate students are our partners in research, and have presented their work in leading journals and at international conferences.

Competitive funding is available in most programs. Doctoral students are typically supported on teaching and research assistantships. A number of internal funding opportunities are also available, including the Dean's Fellowship program, awarded annually to 10 outstanding scholars from across the College.

Biological Sciences (MS, PhD)

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The Department of Biology offers a PhD and MS in Biological Sciences. Thesis and non-thesis master’s programs are available. The intellectual life of the department relies heavily on the participation, creativity and energy of graduate students, and thus the department expects students to be vigorously involved in courses, seminars, journal clubs, research, informal discussions and departmental functions. Curricula and research programs prepare students for positions of leadership in their respective fields of research.

Chemistry (MS, PhD)

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The Department of Chemistry enables graduate students to understand the purpose of, and need for, fundamental research while working on problems of practical interest and application. MS and PhD programs include coursework in analytical chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, materials chemistry physical chemistry, educational chemistry and polymer chemistry.

Communication (MS)

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Drexel’s MS in Communication program offers concentrations in three areas: technical communication, science communication, and public communication. The program accommodates students from widely varying educational backgrounds, including science, mathematics and the humanities, and prepares graduates for an equally wide array of professional opportunities.

Communication, Culture and Media (PhD)

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The PhD in Communication, Culture and Media is designed to train socially committed researchers in quantitative and qualitative approaches to communication study. Graduates will be theoretically sophisticated scholars adept at applying multiple methodologies to important and practical problems in the field.

Environmental Policy (MS)

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The MS in Environmental Policy provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the development, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy. The program prepares students for careers as policy analysts who have a strong commitment to environmental values, are scientifically and methodologically competent, and can work effectively in the democratic policy process with various groups and institutions engaged in environmental issues.

Environmental Science (MS, PhD)

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Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary field in which scholars seek to understand and solve environmental problems. The field requires understanding of a number of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, hydrology and climatology. MS and PhD programs in Environmental Science are available with specializations in ecology, environmental assessment, environmental biotechnology, environmental risk management, paleoecology-geology, and toxicology and industrial hygiene.

Law-Psychology (JD/PhD)

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The Department of Psychology and Drexel’s Kline School of Law offer a joint and integrated JD/PhD program in Law and Psychology. Lawyers and social scientists often have different cognitive approaches to solving problems, different research methodologies, and different attitudes toward confrontation and argument. Each profession arrives at the “truth” in different ways, and its members are exposed to different styles of education during their post-baccalaureate training. The Law-Psychology program looks to meld these two schools of thought.

Mathematics (MS, PhD)

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Drexel offers MS and PhD degrees in Mathematics. The MS degree is awarded to students who demonstrate a deep knowledge in all areas of their field. The PhD degree is awarded in any of the department's main areas of research. Faculty research areas include applied mathematics, algebraic combinatorics, biomathematics, discrete mathematics, optics, analysis, number theory, numerical analysis, probability and statistics, matrix and operator theory, fluid mechanics, and partial differential equations.

Physics (MS, PhD)

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The Department of Physics offers MS and PhD programs in Physics. Students receive advanced training in core areas of physics and in the topics of current research. PhD students begin research early in the program, commencing thesis work in their second year of study. Areas of specialization for thesis research include astrophysics, biophysics, chaos theory/nonlinear dynamics, condensed matter and particle physics.

Psychology (MS)

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The MS in Psychology is designed for students interested in advanced study in scientific psychology. The curriculum is focused on training in a range of research areas including neurocognitive and behavioral sciences. In addition to coursework, students are required to complete weekly laboratory work with a research mentor. These activities culminate with the successful completion of an empirical thesis.

Psychology, Clinical (PhD)

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The PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology places equal emphasis on clinical research and the application of scientific principles. The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). It encompasses five years of full-time study and provides graduate students with a strong foundation in relevant psychological theory, experience in the practice of psychological assessment and intervention, experience in conducting meaningful clinical research, and opportunities to develop teaching competencies.

Psychology, Applied Cognitive and Brain Science (PhD)

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The PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Cognitive and Brain Science is designed for students who wish to pursue a research-based career in human experimental psychology with a concentration in applied cognitive and brain science. The program is a research-oriented, non-clinical PhD concentration that places equal emphasis on basic research and the application of scientific principles.

Public Policy (MS)

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The MS in Public Policy is a general degree designed for people who work, or would like to work, for a government or nonprofit organization. The degree can be completed part-time in as little as two years. Students can design a specialized course of study with their electives or take courses in one of three tracks: environmental policy; science and technology policy; or urban systems management.

Publication Management (MS)

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The goal of the MS program in Publication Management is to produce well-informed and skilled publishing professionals. Students will understand state-of-the-art publishing methods with a foundation in publishing principles in various disciplines. Graduates are prepared to understand the technology and processes that will allow them to make informed publishing management decisions. Students come to the program with varying levels of publishing experience from both inside and outside of the publishing industry.

Science, Technology and Society (MS)

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Students in Drexel’s Science, Technology & Society master’s degree program investigate the co-production of science and society; that is, the many ways cultural, economic, historical, and political contexts influence science, technology and medicine, and how science, technology and medicine influence these contexts. Questioning the taken-for-granted, students hone their skills in humanities and social science research methods to examine the interactions among science, technology, identities, relationships, and how these are rooted in larger structural relationships. Through this program, graduate students explore the impact of new technologies and scientific knowledge, as well as their many social, ethical and legal implications.