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Your doctoral pursuit at Drexel’s College of Engineering will likely be one of the most intellectually transformative experiences of your life. The strength of our program lies in access to exciting research led by world-renowned faculty, and in its customizable, individually defined areas of concentration.

Drexel University is one of only 34 private institutions in the nation designated as an R1 Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity. With $20M in research expenditures last year alone, the College provides an incredible range of opportunities for graduate research: biomechanics, plasma science; nanomaterials; polymers; “Smart” grid technology; sustainability and the environment; urban green infrastructure; functional fabrics; wireless systems; biomaterials; drug delivery; and cybersecurity, among many others.

We encourage you to review the areas of research and associated faculty labs for a comprehensive look at the kind of opportunity you’ll enjoy here.

We offer PhD degrees at our campus in Philadelphia in these areas:


Admission Requirements

The GRE General Test is required of all applicants seeking to enter the doctoral program with the intent to pursue studies on a full-time basis. Generally, successful candidates will have a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 or higher, with an average quantitative score of 161 and an analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher. See our admission guidelines and check with individual College of Engineering departments with specific questions about their requisites.

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 on the website of the Graduate Admissions office.

Financial Aid

There are many scholarships and fellowships available for graduate students, ranging from need-based to merit-based, from paying for textbooks to funding your entire education. Scholarship opportunities are available within Drexel and within specific CoE departments.

Accepted graduate students at the doctoral level are reviewed by research faculty for full and partial funding opportunities. Decisions regarding assistantships and fellowships are made after admission is granted. Some offers of financial assistance, including stipends and tuition support, are made to those students whose background and achievements are compatible with the faculty's research needs. Each department may have its own requirements. Please contact specific CoE departments with questions.

Doctoral students are eligible and will be considered by for college specific and prestigious donor awards such as the Koerner Family and Joseph Carleone Awards. There are special opportunities for new doctoral students to receive additional stipend and tuition awards that can help fund their education. Eligibility is determined at the time of acceptance. For more information on these and other awards for doctoral students see our special opportunities and fellowships pages.

Discounted tuition rates are available for alumni, military, and partner organizations.

Ready to Apply

Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of the application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the university and will not be released to you or any other party. Apply online at the Graduate Admissions office.