Dual MS Degree Options
The University encourages students with broad interests to consider a dual MS option. Through the dual MS program, graduate students already enrolled in a master's degree program at Drexel have the opportunity to work simultaneously on two master's degrees and to complete both at the same time, with a reduced credit requirement for both. Examples of compatible dual-master's programs would be Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Engineering.
An international dual MS degree program in biomedical engineering is available in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Students in the biomedical engineering MS program at Drexel University can enroll for 1 year of at SJTU and earn two MS degrees at the end of their studies. A dual PhD program with SJTU is also available.
In cooperation with Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar (SSN) College for Engineering in Chennai, India, Drexel offers an international MS graduate program, shortening the path to an MS degree in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel by a year. Applications for this program have to be submitted to Drexel University and will be communicated with SSN.
To be eligible, graduate students must be working on their first degree when requesting admission to the second. They must obtain approval from the graduate advisers of both programs and work out a plan of study encompassing coursework and/or research (thesis) credits for both degrees.
Applicants considering two degrees are encouraged to contact the appropriate academic departments as soon as possible after their first term.
Students may transfer as many as 15 credits from one program to the other, usually in the form of electives. Therefore, to complete a dual master's-degree program, they are required to complete a minimum of 60 graduate credits (instead of 45 credits per individual program). The actual credit total may be higher, depending on each department's requirements. The transfer of credits from one program to the other depends on the programs and must be approved by graduate advisers from both programs.