Continuing Education Programs

Advanced Certificate in Information Studies and Technology (ACIST)

The Advanced Certificate in Information Studies and Technology (ACIST) is a non-degree program that provides specialized training beyond the master's degree to students who wish to update their education or develop new expertise. The program is open to students already holding an advanced degree in areas such as library science, computer or information science, information systems, instructional technology, software engineering or other appropriate degrees from a suitable accredited program that has prepared them for advance study in the chosen area of specialization.

Advanced Certificate students work with a faculty advisor to design a practical program of study that provides new skills. The program is not research oriented, nor intended to provide credits that can be applied toward doctoral studies.

The program consists of eight courses that must be completed within three calendar years. This individualized plan often requires coursework found in other Drexel departments or other universities. At least four courses must be chosen from Information Science and Technology (INFO) courses. An option for the eighth course is designed to be an independent study project, which integrates studies, field experiences, individual reading, and work experience.

For more information on curriculum, please visit the Drexel University Catalog.

ACIST Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate application - FREE when submitted online.
  • A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in areas such as library science, computer or information science, information systems, instructional technology, software engineering, or other appropriate degrees from a suitable regionally accredited program that has prepared them for advanced study in the chosen area for specialization.
  • Official final transcripts including a bachelor's degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution and/or World Education Services (WES) Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign transcripts.
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words).
  • Current Resume.
  • Additional requirements for International Students.

Special Associate Study

If you are a student in another accredited graduate program and want to take a class for credit to transfer back to your home institution, you may apply for Special Associate Status.

Special Associate Study Admissions Requirements

Applications for Special Associate students are accepted every quarter. Admissions requirements include: completed graduate application form and a letter from your graduate advisor or department head indicating which classes you have permission to take and that you are in good academic standing.

You will be responsible for obtaining a Drexel transcript upon completion of the CCI class. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Arrange a meeting with your advisor or department head to see if our curriculum can be a match.
  2. Fill out the application
    • Fill out the Drexel graduate application and select Part time (PT). The special associate program (below) will not be available if FT is selected.
    • Apply for Special Associate by selecting IST Special Associate from Program pull down menu (NONMAT-G-IST).
  3. Please provide us with a letter from your advisor or department head at your school that says:
    • You are cleared to take our class (and note which class it is)
    • The class will count towards your degree
    • You are in good academic standing
    • You meet pre-requisites
    • You will be responsible for ordering transcripts from Drexel University

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