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Digital Media

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Degrees OfferedAvailabilityLocation

Application Requirements

On-Campus Program


Please view our academic calendar for term start dates.

Fall (Sept.)Winter (Jan.)Spring (March)Summer (June)
U.S. StudentsRolling admission through Sept. 1, though we encourage applicants to submit their materials as soon as possible.Nov. 23Feb. 22May 24
International StudentsRolling admission through June 13, though we encourage applicants to submit their materials as soon as possible.N/AN/AN/A


For details regarding the items below please review the Admission Application Instructions.

  • Graduate Admission Application

    Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this 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. Please note, an application fee of $65 U.S. is required.

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  • Transcripts

    Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

    International students: If you have already graduated from your previous institution at the time of your application, please email your graduation certificate(s) attached as PDF or Microsoft Word documents to

  • Standardized Test Scores

    GRE test scores are recommended, but not required of all applicants. The minimum score varies.

    TOEFL scores are required for international applicants or applicants who earned a degree outside the U.S. (minimum scores: 100/600/250). Scores will be reviewed based on section scores and total scores. IELTS scores may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores (minimum Overall Band Score: 7.0).

  • Essay

    Please write approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel; your short-term and long-term career plans; and how your background, experience, interest, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully.

    Submit your essay with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

  • Résumé

    Upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel Portal after you submit your application.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation are required. To electronically request recommendations, you must list your recommenders and their contact information on your application. You may request recommendations with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

    We advise that you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they received your recommendation request — they may need to check their junk mail folder. Additionally, it is your responsibility to confirm that your recommenders will submit letters by your application deadline and follow up with recommenders who have not completed their recommendations.

  • Portfolio

    Digital Media (MS)

    Applicants are encouraged to follow the portfolio guidelines carefully and submit materials that strengthen their application. The portfolio must be completed in SlideRoom.

    The Digital Media Graduate Admissions Committee is examining your work for originality, creative problem solving, systematic thinking, and production skills within the context of digital media creation and/or research.

    Please be mindful to submit work that best represents why you are a strong candidate for the Digital Media program. The committee is not seeking a particular type of work; also, we do not require examples of digital work. Any and all media are acceptable. Instead of or in addition to a traditional portfolio, you may submit alternative creative practices such as one scholarly article, a grant proposal, or business plan.

    Portfolios must consist of one to five pieces with a total running time that may not exceed 10 minutes. Annotate each piece with the title, size, running time, date, medium, tools used, and any other relevant information. For collaborative works, it is important to identify and describe your roles and contributions within the creative process. If the work is not in English, please include subtitles.

    Please direct inquiries regarding the portfolio for the Digital Media MS and PhD to:

    Michael Wagner
    Department Head, Digital Media
    Program Director, Graduate Digital Media


    Graduate Portfolio Review Days and Information Fairs

    Meet a representative of Drexel's Westphal College to ask questions or have a portfolio review to receive helpful feedback prior to submitting your application. We participate in Graduate Portfolio Days and Information Fairs with the National Portfolio Day Association and Preview: The International Portfolio Review Forum.

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