Admission Application Instructions
Thank you for your interest in graduate study at Drexel University. Please read all instructions and complete each step carefully.
Drexel takes into consideration a number of criteria when determining admission, including your prior college or university performance, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and essay.
Admission for graduate study at Drexel University requires a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution. Although requirements vary by program, regular admission typically requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) for undergraduate work. The average for any graduate work must be at least 3.0. Applicants for post-master's status must show potential for further study by having maintained at least a 3.0 average in their master's-level studies. (Individual departmental requirements may exceed these minimums.)
The Admissions Committee evaluates all credentials submitted by applicants to determine a student's ability and potential to succeed in graduate study. In addition, the committee is interested in the applicant's potential to contribute to their program of study and to the University community as a whole.
Program Requirements and Deadlines
It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials required for the evaluation of your application are received by the Office of Admissions before the deadline. If your application is not complete by your program's deadline date, it may not be evaluated for the term requested.
Individual programs have specific deadlines and application requirements. To view the application requirements, deadlines, and available concentrations for your intended program, refer to our list of graduate programs or select the college or school you are applying to below and then choose your program:
Nonmatriculated applicants must provide a completed application, copies of transcripts, and a 500-word essay. Please contact the department directly to ensure that they allow nonmatriculated students in the class you intend to take.
Nonmatriculated status is not available in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Goodwin College of Professional Studies, or the following programs: Clinical Psychology, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Law-Psychology, Psychology, and Graduate Nursing.
Current Nonmatriculated Students
Nonmatriculated students at Drexel who wish to apply for matriculation status must complete the Application for Change of Matriculation (PDF) and submit the form to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Expedite the Process
- Request supporting documents such as transcripts, test scores, recommendation letters, and affidavits of support as soon as possible. They may take longer to receive than you expect.
- Put your student identification number, intended program of study, and date of birth on all correspondence with the University. It will be easier for the admission staff to quickly match your application materials with your file if this information is included.
- Send original copies of official test scores and transcripts. Please refer to Program Requirements and Deadlines for your program's requirements. Drexel's school code is 2194. Do not use departmental codes, and do not send scores to the academic department.
- Rolling admission means that completed applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, not after a set deadline. Rolling admission means that applications are accepted until the class reaches capacity. A rolling admission policy encourages early submission of applications. Please refer to Program Requirements and Deadlines for your program's deadlines.
Please refer to the Program Requirements and Deadlines for the correct mailing address for your program.
A decision cannot be rendered until all of the required application materials have been submitted. You will receive email notification that your file is complete upon receipt of all required documentation.
Check Your Application Status Online
During the admission process, you'll have the opportunity to check your admission status online. Once your application materials have been processed, you'll receive an email providing you with a Student ID and PIN that will give you access to Discover Drexel.
If you are offered admission to Drexel, be sure to review our information for Admitted Students.
Notices and Disclosures
Please refer to Drexel's Consumer Information and Student Right to Know page for policies that pertain to all prospective and enrolled students.
Drexel University abides by the provisions of Public Law 93-380, which grants the student the right to examine admission files that are part of the student's permanent "Educational Record." Please note that "Applicants for Admission" are not granted rights under this legislation. Once an "Applicant for Admission" becomes a "Student" by enrolling and attending Drexel, any admission file that becomes a part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" becomes available to the student for review. Applicants should understand that only the transcripts, CEEB, SAT, Achievement Test Score Reports, and those portions of the application generated by the student will become part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" upon enrollment.
No other information or material gathered or submitted in the admission process will be retained as part of the student's permanent "Educational Record." Statements or evaluations provided by any individual do not become part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" and will not be available for the student's review.
All documents that you submit, or are submitted on your behalf, in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. In accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, all admission decisions are given to the applicant only. No decisions on applications are revealed over the telephone.
Drexel University, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), publishes an annual report for current and prospective students and employees. This report contains important safety information and crime statistics for the previous three years. These statistics pertain to reported crimes that have occurred on campus in certain non-campus buildings, or properties that are owned or controlled by Drexel University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.
Download a copy of the most recent Annual Security Report [PDF]. Printed copies of this report are also available by calling the Public Safety Administrative Office at 215.895.1550.
For more information about the services provided by the Drexel University Department of Public Safety, please visit the Department of Public Safety website.
Drexel University is accredited through a voluntary, peer-review process coordinated by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In addition, the International Gateway program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).
You can view further information and disclosures about Drexel University at the Required Information for Students and the Public Provost webpage.