PhD in Computer Science Admissions Requirements

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials required for the evaluation of her or his application are received before the deadline. If an application is incomplete by the deadline date, it may not be evaluated for the term requested.

Please review the admissions process and application requirements below prior to beginning your application. It is important to note that you do not need your admissions materials prepared at the time of your application. For instance, your resume and essay can be sent after your application is submitted.

Students applying to the PhD in Computer Science should follow the stated requirements and read the corresponding information below carefully. Please contact our Recruitment team at if you have any questions.

PhD in Computer Science Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate application
  • 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words)
  • Current Resume
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores (must be five years old or less) are optional but recommended.
  • Meet prerequisites for admission
  • International Applicants: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores should be 2 years old or less and submitted directly from ETS to Drexel. Students must obtain a 90 on the Internet-based exam. Drexel's test code for the TOEFL is 2194. IELTS scores may be submitted instead of TOEFL. Please note that the TOEFL or IELTS can be waived for applicants who have a completed undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S.-based institution or if completed in a nation with English as its primary language.


  • Applications open: September 1, 2023
  • Rolling admission review will occur through March 15, 2024
  • First consideration deadline: December 15, 2023

On Campus vs. Online Program Selection

The PhD in Computer Science program is offered on campus only.

Start Term Selection

Doctoral students are only admitted in the Fall term of each academic year.

Full-time vs. Part-time Program Selection

Full-time doctoral students have the chance to be considered for a research/teaching assistantship while part-time doctoral students do not. If you are accepted into the program as a part-time doctoral student and decide you want to be full-time, you will need to apply and be accepted to full-time status; it is not guaranteed. Both the full-time and part-time doctoral programs are completed on campus, not online. Doctoral students have seven years to complete their program.

Completion of Application and Materials

Once you submit a complete application and all materials are received, your file will be sent to be reviewed by the Doctoral Committee. Files are reviewed by the Doctoral Committee after the deadline is passed. The Discover Drexel Portal will indicate when your file is complete.

Doctoral accepted students must enroll (confirm and register) as per the instruction given. Part-time and non-assistantship students will need to pay a matriculation fee.


All PhD students are fully supported with an assistantship in the Computer Science PhD program. Assistantships may be in the form of research, teaching or a combination of the two. These assistantships carry appropriate stipend and tuition remission.

Academic Calendar

New doctoral students are only admitted in the Fall term. CCI operates on a Quarter system. Each term is approximately 10 weeks in length. Academic calendars can be found here.