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Certificate in Issues in Human Trafficking

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Graduate
Number of Credits to Completion: 9.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible


Drexel University is one of the few, if not only, academic institutions offering a certificate in human trafficking.

To address this global issue, Drexel offers a unique certificate program with all courses are taught by an expert in the field. Each course is offered online and open to Drexel students and non-Drexel university students. There will also be the option of traveling abroad to an agency/organization that works with Human Trafficking victims to gain first hand experience of the issues addressed in the certificate. Guest presentations from domestic and international human trafficking experts and victims make this certificate program unlike any of its kind.

What will students learn?

  • What human trafficking is
  • Who is involved
  • Where it occurs
  • Why it occurs
  • What victims’ needs are
  • What global and domestic trends are
  • Current policies and laws related to human trafficking
  • What domestic and global resources are available to victims

Who is the program intended for?

Anyone who is interested in learning about HT. This certificate will be useful for anyone with an interest in this worldwide phenomenon, and especially for those in the fields of:

  • Healthcare
  • Social services
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Law enforcement
  • Child and adolescent specialties

What makes the Drexel program unique?

Hands-on Faculty Expertise
Experts in the human trafficking arena teach compelling courses and provided unparalleled education in this quickly emerging field.

Convenient Format
The certificate program is done entirely online. For students who do not want to take all the courses required for the certificate, they may select any of the courses as electives to enhance their degree.

Applications for this certificate program are currently being accepted for fall 2016 admission.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree from a fully accredited program.

3.0 GPA or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed.

Standardized Tests:

Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions


One professional letter of recommendation.

Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement describing interest in certificate program and particular specialty.

Not required.



Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:
Specific work experience not required.

International Students:
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:

a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Issues in Human Trafficking tuition page

Application Link (if outside organization):


MSA: This program is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.