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Drexel Graduate Preparation


The Drexel Graduate Preparation program prepares academically qualified students for the challenges of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the American graduate school environment. This program consists of advanced coursework in academic reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as graduate academic skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students may matriculate into their graduate program in the Fall term. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to Drexel Graduate Preparation is by direct application to Drexel University Graduate Admissions only. Master's degree graduate students who qualify academically and need to improve their English language proficiency may be offered provisional admission to study in the Graduate Preparation program. 

  • Submit all official application documents to Drexel Graduate Admissions.
  • Meet the qualification requirements for your preferred Drexel graduate program. For more information, see Drexel Graduate Programs.
  • The minimum required TOEFL or IELTS scores for Graduate Preparation eligibility are determined by the graduate departments.
  • Graduate Preparation-eligible candidates will be contacted by the Graduate Preparation program for English proficiency placement.
  • A final admissions decision will be rendered by Drexel Graduate Admissions.

Admissions Timeline

Students interested in Graduate Preparation are encouraged to submit their documents to Drexel Graduate Admissions as early as possible to allow for the appropriate review. 

Summer 2020 Program Dates*

Full-term (10 weeks): June 24-September 4, 2020

Half-term (5 weeks): July 29- September 4, 2020

Some graduate programs may recommend a Spring term start date and longer program duration.

Program Curriculum

Students take 21 hours of class in the four core skills of academic English: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Specialized coursework in English for STEM or English for Media Arts may be offered, depending on enrollment. Students also work specifically on their grammar skills as well as academic study skills. Workshops on Drexel resources and campus life, regular meetings with the Graduate Preparation advisor, feedback from instructors, and free language tutoring also help students maximize their communication gains. A sample schedule is below. 

  Monday   Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday   Friday 
9:00-10:20 Advanced Reading & Writing
Advanced Reading & Writing
Advanced Reading & Writing
Advanced Reading & Writing
Advanced Reading & Writing
Advanced Listening & Speaking
Advanced Listening
 & Speaking

Advanced Listening & Speaking
Advanced Listening
 & Speaking
Advanced Listening
 & Speaking
1:00-2:20 Advanced Grammar              

Advanced Graduate Skills

Advanced Grammar
Advanced Graduate Skills
Workshop or Activity

A student's final schedule will be determined in conjunction with the Graduate Preparation advisor. 

Completing the Graduate Preparation Program

  • Complete all Graduate Preparation coursework with a grade of A.
  • Complete graduate readiness portfolio. 
  • Demonstrate graduate level responsibility.
  • Receive a recommendation for matriculation by the Graduate Preparation advisor.


Estimated 2020 Program Costs

   10 Weeks (Full-term)
5 Weeks (Half-term) 

 Application  waived  waived    
 Tuition (cost of classes)*


 Drexel University Health Insurance**
$550 $310

 University Fees  $150  $150  


 Estimated Living Expenses ***


 Estimated Term Total  $9,510  $6,160  

Please note these costs are subject to change.  

**Approximate cost. Insurance prices vary per term.
***Includes average costs for housing, food, books, and other living expenses.