Graduate Certificate in Community-based Librarianship

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Apply to the Community-based Librarianship Certificate program today at the College of Computing & Informatics. The deadlines for Spring 2023 are Wednesday, March 1, 2023 for Domestic On-Campus Students; Wednesday, February 1, 2023 for International On-Campus Students; and Monday, March 6, 2023 for all Online Students (Domestic and International). The deadlines for Fall 2023 are Sunday, August 27, 2023 for Domestic On-Campus Students; Tuesday, June 13, 2023 for International On-Campus Students; and Tuesday, August 22, 2022 for all Online Students (Domestic and International).

Who is the Community-Based Librarianship Certificate program for?

Drexel College of Computing & Informatics' Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Certificate in Community-Based Librarianship (CBL) provides an intellectual foundation and fundamental practical skills for paraprofessionals and professionals interested in developing impactful skills within areas such as user and community engagement and services, information and data services, digital technology services, and public or academic librarianship.

Certificate credits can be applied to the American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master of Science in Information – Library Information & Science major.

Fast Facts

Number of Courses

3 (9 quarter credits)

Credits/full certificate can be applied to create what master’s degree?

MS in Information – Library & Information Science major

Time-to-completion

1 year

Format

On campus or online

Time Commitment

Full-time or part-time

Aid eligible

No

Tech experience required?

No

GRE required?

No

Curriculum

IMPORTANT NOTE: Drexel operates on the quarter, not semester, system, offering classes during four 10-week terms throughout the year.

Certificate students will complete three required courses focused on library and community collaboration. 

Please visit Drexel’s Course Catalog for a full description of each required course for this program. You can also find a sample Plan of Study for the certificate.

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application for the online format or on-campus format.
  • A four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelor’s degree or above.
  • Official final transcripts from ALL Colleges/Universities attended. Please note: For students who have attended an institution outside of the US, it is highly recommended to submit a NACES approved course-by-course transcript evaluation (i.e., WES) for expedited review of your application. This approved evaluation will take the place of the transcript requirement to complete your application.
  • One letter of recommendation required, two recommended (academic, professional, or both).
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words).
  • Current Resume.
  • Additional requirements for International Students.

Please visit our Graduate Admissions page for all deadlines.

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Be in touch with us to get answers to all your questions! We can connect you with a Recruitment Specialist, one of our Graduate Dean’s Ambassadors, or a faculty member to help. Contact Graduate Recruitment Specialist Amanda Tessler and/or Director of Recruitment Matt Lechtenberg at cciinfo@drexel.edu and we’ll get back to you soon.

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