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Graduate Co-op

Cooperative Education at Drexel is now available for select graduate degree programs. Available as a special “co-op” track, which may entail more time to completion for the degree, graduate co-op enables students to accept paid positions in their career fields (i.e. go out on co-op) for up to six months during their degree program.

For all graduate co-op participants, full-time employment during co-op is considered an integral part of their educational process; therefore, they will retain their student status during the six-month period.


Students accepted into a master’s program that offers the co-op track can be admitted provisionally to the graduate co-op by requesting for it at the start of the degree program. Confirmation to continue in the program must be sought from the Graduate College of Drexel University when the student has earned a minimum of 24 credits but no more than 34 credits before going out on co-op. For International students there is an additional requirement that they are at least 9 months into their degree program. Admission to some graduate co-op programs can also be granted by the Graduate College to any student who was not provisionally admitted to the program. Students seeking continuation or applying for admission who were not provisionally admitted must file an Application for Admission/Continuation [PDF] into the graduate co-op program. Students should obtain the required signatures and submit the appropriate forms directly to the Graduate College. A detailed plan of study together with a proposed project to be completed during co-op must accompany the form.

More Information

For more information regarding the graduate co-op program and eligible majors, please visit the Steinbright Career Development Center website. For more information about the ISSS Curricular Practical Training (CPT) [PDF], please visit the ISSS Website.