Drexel University Office of the Provost

Academic Policies

Accelerated Programs

Effective Fall 2008

Students can be admitted to an accelerated degree program in one of two ways:

  • Provisional admission can be granted through Undergraduate Admissions based on an application to an accelerated program by December 1 prior to fall of anticipated matriculation. Confirmation to continue in the program must be sought from the Graduate Studies Office once a student has accumulated at least 90 credits but no more than 120 credits.
  • Admission to some accelerated programs can also be granted by the Graduate Studies Office once a student has completed at least 90 credits but no more than 120 credits

Students seeking continuation and students applying for admission at this stage must file a completed Application for Admission/Continuation into the Accelerated Program. Applications can be submitted after a student has completed at least 90 credits, but no more than 120 credits toward degree requirements. Students should obtain the required signatures and submit the appropriate form directly to the Graduate Studies Office.

Undergraduate vs. Graduate Level:

Please refer to the grid below and the individual plan of study to determine the eligible status for the program in question.

Option A (undergraduate level changing to graduate or professional level)

  • Students completing BS/MS programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, College of Nursing and Health Professions, School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology majors), and all accelerated programs leading to an MBA from the LeBow College of Business will be coded as undergraduate students during the first four years of the accelerated program. Once these students have completed four years of study (minimum of 180 credits) they will be moved to graduate level as a new graduate student.
  • Students in the joint programs associated with Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant, or Law will be admitted to Drexel in a 4 year undergraduate program and move to graduate/professional level as a new graduate/professional student, based on their plan of study, at the end of 3 years of undergraduate studies (for plans of study with no co-op or one co-op) or at the end of 4 years of undergraduate studies (for plans of study with one or two co-ops).
  • Subject to program approval and satisfactory progress, students in BS/PhD programs in the College of Engineering will be moved to graduate level as a new graduate student at the end of five years of study.

Option B (undergraduate level only)

  • Students completing an accelerated program in the College of Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, & Health Systems, College of Information Science and Technology, or the College of Arts and Sciences (Math and Physics majors) will be coded at the undergraduate level for the entire five years required for the program.

Option A or B

  • Students completing an accelerated program in the College of Arts and Sciences (Culture and Communication) will be coded in a manner appropriate to their specific discipline and plan of study as determined at the time of admission.
  • Students who enter Drexel as a transfer student will be reviewed by the appropriate academic unit and the Office of Graduate Studies to determine level of placement in one of the above programs based on transfer credits and an approved plan of study will be formulated.

Billing and Financial Aid

  • Students will be billed at the appropriate undergraduate or graduate rate for their program.
  • During the undergraduate portion of any program, students will be eligible for undergraduate need-based and merit-based financial aid.
  • During the graduate portion of any program students will be reviewed for graduate merit aid including Dean’s Fellowships or Scholarships that are available for students enrolled in graduate studies in that College/School, and be eligible for graduate federal financial aid.
  • A 4 credit undergraduate course can be taken without additional charge during each co-op term as indicated by University policy.  Graduate courses taken while on co-op will be charged at the appropriate credit hour rate.
  • No additional university funding will be provided to reduce the cost of graduate courses taken while on co-op, or for additional undergraduate courses taken beyond the allowed credits without additional charge.

Additional stipulations

  • Course registration and Plan of Study
    • Programs should be designed to limit the number of undergraduate courses completed during the graduate portion of an accelerated program. During this portion of a program, courses not at the senior level will require permission of the Graduate Studies Office.
  • Transcripts
    • Courses completed while a student is coded as an undergraduate student, irrespective of course level, will appear on an undergraduate transcript and be computed in an undergraduate grade point average.
    • Courses completed while student is coded as a graduate student, irrespective of course level, will appear on a graduate transcript and be computed in a graduate grade point average.
  • Degree conferral
    • Where required by the graduate or professional degree program, bachelor’s degrees can be conferred when student ascend to graduate/professional level before the end of their accelerated programs provided all requirements for the appropriate undergraduate program have been satisfied.  In all other cases, both degrees will be conferred upon completion of the entire accelerated program and completion of requirement for both programs.
    • Students who do not complete the entire accelerated program are required to complete all requirements for the appropriate undergraduate program before the bachelor’s degree will be awarded.

BS/MS Accelerated Program Grid

BA/BS/MD (M.D. is through Drexel University College of Medicine) incoming freshmen

7 years total
3 years undergraduate
4 years MD

BS/DPT Physical Therapy incoming freshmen 6 years total:
3 years undergraduate
3 years DPT
BS/MHS Master of Health Sciences Physician Assistant incoming freshmen 5 years total:
3 years undergraduate
2 years MHS
BS(HSAD)/MPH (Master of Public Health) incoming freshmen 5 years total:
3 years undergraduate
2 years MPH
HBS/PhD Engineering incoming freshmen 7+ years total:
5 years undergraduate
2+ years PhD
BS/MS Engineering incoming freshmen upperclass between 90-120 credits 5 years total:
all years undergraduate
BS/MS Biomedical Engineering incoming freshmen upperclass between 90-120 credits 5 years total:
all years undergraduate
BS/MS COAS (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology) incoming freshmen (Psychology) upperclass between 90-120 credits (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology) 5 years total:
4 years undergraduate 1 year graduate
BS/MS COAS (Math, Physics) incoming freshmen (Physics) upperclass between 90-120 credits (Math, Physics) 5 years total:
all years undergraduate
BS/MS COAS (Culture & Communication) incoming freshmen upperclass between 90-120 credits 5 years: will depend on plan of study as determined at point of entry to program
BS/MS IST incoming freshmen upperclass between 90-120 credits 5 years total:
all years undergraduate
BS/MBA incoming freshmen upperclass between 90-120 credits 5 years total:
4 years undergraduate
1 year graduate
BS-COMAD/MBA (Design & Merchandising, Music Industry) incoming freshmen upperclass between 90-120 credits 5 years total:
4 years undergraduate
1 year graduate
BS (Hospitality Management)/MBA incoming freshmen upperclass between 90-120 credits 5 years total:
4 years undergraduate
1 year graduate
BS/MS - COMAD (Digital Media) upperclass between 90-120 credits 5 years total:
4 years undergraduate
1 year graduate
BS/MS Education incoming freshmen upperclass between 90-120 credits 5 years total:
4 years undergraduate
1 year graduate
BS/JD incoming freshmen 6 or 7 years total: will depend on plan of study as determined at point of entry to program
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