Accelerated Degree Program Through International Collaboration

Overview

Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) offers BS/MS accelerated degree program through international collaboration to allow students to complete both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in 5 years:

  • Students will complete three years of study in their home institution (to complete most of the requirements for a bachelor's degree) and get permission from their home institution to finish the rest of the required work while studying at Drexel for a master's degree.
  • Students may choose to transfer a selected amount of credits of their first year's study to their home institution to fulfill the requirement for their bachelor's degree. Students are responsible for sending Drexel transcripts back to their home institutions. Credits transferred to their Drexel bachelor's degree will not be counted again for their master's degree, but may be used to satisfy the prerequisites for master's level courses.
  • All accepted students will receive provisional admission to Drexel. This admission status requires that students supply a final undergraduate transcript to the College as soon as the degree is completed.
  • Students must receive their bachelor's degree before they are eligible to receive a master's degree at Drexel.
  • Students will complete 45 credits for their master's degree (the same as other master's students). The requirement for graduation will be the same as any other student within their master's degree program.
  • Graduate Practicum may be included as part of the master's degree. Co-op is available at the graduate (master's) level through Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center.

CCI Degree Programs

Master's degrees are available for the accelerated degree program:

*A joint program with the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Drexel's College of Engineering.

Students interested in pursuing dual master's degrees or a doctoral degree may apply for that degree after completing their first year of graduate study (a separate application is required).

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate application for the full time, on campus program only - FREE to apply when submitted online at: cci.drexel.edu/apply
  • Upon submission of application, please contact Matthew Lechtenberg directly at ml333@drexel.edu
  • Completed three years of undergraduate studies and recommended by the home institution that has signed an agreement with Drexel for this program.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in their undergraduate studies.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the home institution with course-by-course English translation and a 4.0 GPA scale. Note that the normally required standard World Education Services report is waived.
  • Official TOFEL scores of 100 (Internet-based) or higher (or 7.0 or higher for IELTS); Students whose TOFEL scores are between 90-100 or whose IELTS scores are between 6.5-7.0 may be admitted to the program with a condition of entering a language training program at Drexel prior to taking master's-level classes at Drexel.
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores if GPA is lower than 3.2. Students with GPA equal or greater than 3.2 will receive preliminary waiver of GRE requirement. The Admissions Review Board might request selected students in this program to take GRE during their first year of study. Note that all Computer Science applicants must submit GRE scores for consideration.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required.
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose: In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success, and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you. Please state any wishes for Graduate practicum or internships in the submission.
  • Current Resume.
  • Credit For Work Experience is not offered in this program.
  • Acquire a Drexel Professional affiliation (supplied during the admissions process).

Cost

Students will be required to register as full-time international students and will be subject to the standard tuition and fees assessed by Drexel each year. The current total undergraduate tuition (based on three quarters for the 2019–2020 academic year) is $52,146. The current graduate tuition (for the academic year 2018-19) is $1,265 per credit hour. Students taking additional courses beyond the 45 credits required for a master's degree will need to pay additional tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

All the admitted students in this program are required to acquire a professional affiliation during the admissions process, which equates to a 20% deduction of the total tuition.

Philadelphia is a large city with relatively high living expense. The estimate cost of living for a single, full-time student is about $14,500 to $19,000 a year. An individual student's living cost might vary a lot, depending on their lifestyle and what kind of housing in which they choose to reside.

Other costs will include transportation to and from their home country, textbook and supplies costs, clothing, etc. Additionally, all undergraduate international students must purchase the University sponsored health insurance plan. This plan meets all of the requirements for students on J-1 Visas, and all recommendations for international students on F-1 Visas. The policy covers students in our local area as well as worldwide. For more information on Drexel health insurance, please visit the Office of Counseling and Health Services website.

English as a Second Language

Students may be asked to attend classes at the English Learning Center (ELC) at Drexel University on the request of their advisor or faculty member. The course (or courses) would be supplemental for the degree. Students are responsible for tuition, fee and materials as normal. The ELC website is located here: http://www.drexel.edu/elc/

FAQ

1. What are the advantages or benefits of this program?

This is an accelerated program which allows you to be accepted into graduate school early.

This program makes sense if you know what degree and major you will pursue in graduate school. CCI's educational and research programs integrate information technology, information content, organizational forces, and business strategy, by preparing professionals to provide information services and systems to a wide variety of institutions.

2. When should I apply for the program?

In general, you should prepare to submit the application in January for fall admission that year. By January 15 of each year, the collaborative institution will need to send Drexel a list of students who are recommended to apply to this program. Please inquire with institution's International Office about any internal deadlines for the application.

3. When should I take TOFEL or GRE?

You need to take TOFEL (or GRE when required) before you apply to the program. The admission review process will not start until we receive the full application package, including all the official testing scores and transcripts.

4. Do I need to submit my transcript to World Education Services (WES) for evaluation as mentioned in your website?

Because you are recommended by one of our collaborative institutions, we accept their official transcripts in English.

5. If my TOFEL scores are a few points lower than the required, should I continue with the application?

If you have strong academic records, you should continue with the application. The Admission Review Board will consider the application as a whole. In some cases, we may require you to take some English as a Second Language (ESL) courses before you take any master's-level courses.

6. Do I need to pay upfront for the cost of the entire program?

No-you will be billed each quarter for the number of courses you take, typically a few weeks before the start of the quarter.

7. Are there any internships or co-op opportunities for international students?

You may take graduate practicum as part of your degree, or graduate co-op may be available through Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center. You may apply to other internships as well, which might not be part of the degree.

8. Are there other sources of funding for students?

International students are not eligible for government aid and must demonstrate the ability to pay the estimated tuition (separate from the admissions process). Students may apply for CCI scholarships (for more information, please visit our Scholarships webpage).