Admission Guidelines

The following are general admissions guidelines, deadlines and required materials for all College of Engineering graduate programs (MS, Doctoral, Certificate). Acceptance is granted on a rolling basis. Drexel runs on a quarter system, so there are options to start in some programs at any quarter.

Please visit graduate admissions for specific program deadlines.

MS Application Deadlines

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Domestic September 1 November 23 February 22 May 24
International June 13 November 1 February 1 May 1

PhD Application Deadlines (Domestic)

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Architectural Engineering  September 1 November 23 February 22 May 24
Chemical Engineering January 7
Civil Engineering September 1 November 23 February 22
Electrical Engineering September 1
Environmental Engineering September 1 November 23 February 22 May 24
Materials Sciences & Engineering January 7 June 30
Mechanical Engineering September 1 November 23 February 22

PhD Application Deadlines (International)

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Architectural Engineering  June 13 November 15 February 15 May 1
Chemical Engineering January 7
Civil Engineering June 13 November 15 February 15 May 1
Electrical Engineering June 13
Environmental Engineering June 13
Materials Sciences and Engineering January 7
Mechanical Engineering June 13

Doctoral (PhD)

  • A recommended GPA of 3.0 or higher in an undergraduate/or graduate degree program in an engineering or related field
  • Official college transcripts
  • Standardized test(s)
    • GRE (optional)
    • TOEFL, IELTS or DUOLINGO – for non-native English speakers. This requirement will be waived if the applicant graduated from a US institution of higher education.*
  • Personal Essay highlighting your interest in the program and why you’d like to attend Drexel University
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Research experience a plus

Please check the program pages or contact the department to learn more about deadlines and any additional requirements.

Master of Science (MS)

  • A recommended GPA of 3.0 or higher in an undergraduate/or graduate degree program in an engineering or related field* (or 3.0 or higher in the last 2 years of study)
  • Official college transcripts
  • Standardized test(s)
    • GRE (optional)
    • TOEFL, IELTS or DUOLINGO – for non-native English speakers. This requirement will be waived if the applicant graduated from a US institution of higher education.*
  • Personal Essay highlighting your interest in the program and why you’d like to attend Drexel University
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

Please check the program pages or contact the department to learn more about deadlines and any additional requirements.

* Note - Students that fall below the department language requirements but meet all other requirements may be accepted with a recommendation that they complete the graduate language bridge program. For more information on this option see Drexel Graduate Preparation.

Certificate Programs

  • A recommended GPA of 3.0 or higher in an undergraduate/or graduate degree program* (or 3.0 or higher in the last 2 years of study)
  • Official college transcripts
  • Standardized test(s)
    • TOEFL or IELTS – for non-native English speakers. This requirement will be waived if the applicant graduated from a US institution of higher education if the primary language of instruction was English.
  • Personal essay highlighting your interest in the program and why you’d like to attend Drexel University
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation†

*This requirement may be waived with significant work experience, please check with the department.

English Language Exams

Exam Minimum Requirement
TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Home Edition 90
IELTS 6.5
Duolingo 100 -110

Provisional Acceptance Programs

The Graduate Preparation Program (Grad Prep) is offered through Drexel University’s English Language Center (ELC). This is a 5-or 10-week English language program designed to prepare students for academic study at an American university. The courses offered are designed to meet the academic, personal, and professional needs of students. The Grad Prep program is ideal for students with an undergraduate degree in a STEM field but who require additional English language instruction in advance of starting in one of our master’s degree programs.

To be considered, students should apply to the master’s program of their choice using the standard application. The deadline to apply is April 15th for the same year.

Students who are given a provisional acceptance will start the summer before their entry term into the master’s program. To learn more about costs for this program, schedule, and language requirements, visit the Grad Prep Program page.

Non-Matriculated Students

Students may take up to 2 courses as a non-matriculated student, after which they must apply to a degree program. Student should contact the department advisor before filling out the application to get approval in advance. Many of the application requirements will be waived for non-matriculated students.

Readmission

If a student has not taken any classes for over 1 year or has graduated from their previous program, a new application is required. Contact the department advisor for details.

Fee Waiver

Application fees are waived for Drexel University alumni.

Others may request an application fee waiver by contacting Will Fenton, Director of Graduate Recruitment, at coegrad@drexel.edu.

Ready to Apply

The collection of application materials is handled by a central Graduate Admissions office at the university. More information about how to start an application can be found at the Graduate Admissions office. For application specific questions please email: enroll@drexel.edu.

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