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Admission Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in graduate study at Drexel University. Please read all instructions and complete each step carefully.

Admission Standards

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 this minimum.)

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 his/her 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 requirements. Please refer to the Program Requirements and Deadlines for more information.

Requirements for Nonmatriculated Status

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.

Required Materials

Graduate Admission Application

Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or 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. Please note, an application fee of $65 U.S. is required.

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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.

Precise, word-for-word English translations of all non-English language documents are required along with official documents in the original language. All translations must be completed by the issuing institution or an ATA-certified translator. Visit the American Translators Association website to search for an ATA-certified translator.

If you have questions regarding what documents you must submit to fulfill the transcript requirements, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

International Student Transcripts

Students applying to certain graduate programs must have their transcripts evaluated by an approved agency. Refer to the Program Requirements and Deadlines to determine if your program has more specific requirements.

Drexel University accepts course-by-course transcript evaluations from members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For a list of member agencies, please visit the NACES website.

Please note that any applicant, regardless of program, may be required to provide a transcript evaluation should the Admissions Committee determine it is needed for the application to be reviewed. If your transcripts are selected for a course-by-course evaluation by an external agency, you will be responsible for supplying all necessary documentation and paying all necessary fees to have your transcripts evaluated by the following approved agency:

World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
Bowling Green Station, PO Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087

Standardized Test Scores

Official copies of test results (GRE, GMAT, MAT, TOEFL, etc.) must be sent to Drexel. Refer to the Program Requirements and Deadlines to determine which tests you are required to take. Drexel's test code is 2194 for the GRE and TOEFL. Drexel's test code for the MAT is 1615. Drexel does not use department codes.

Applicants who have not received a degree in the United States are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS test. An official score report must be sent to Drexel by ETS or IELTS; photocopies will not be accepted.


To further aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application, you must submit a personal statement of approximately 500 words (unless otherwise specified in the requirements for your program). Please refer to the Program Requirements and Deadlines for your program's specific essay topics and requirements, if applicable, before writing the essay. If your program does not have a specific essay topic, your personal statement should detail your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel; your short-term and long-term career plans; and how your background, experience, interests, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully.

Submit your essay with your application or through Discover Drexel after you submit your application.


Required for all programs.

Upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through Discover Drexel after you submit your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Refer to the Program Requirements and Deadlines for the number of recommendations that you are required to submit for your program.

Request recommendations with your application or through Discover Drexel after you submit your application.

Alternatively, you may submit your recommendation letters by mail. Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of the recommender. The recommendation envelope must be submitted unopened to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Note: The DrNP program does not accept recommendation letters through the University's general Electronic Letter of Recommendation system. The DrNP program requires a specific form letter. Refer to the Program Requirements and Deadlines for special instructions.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You do not need to wait to be admitted to apply for financial aid. To be considered for need-based financial aid, you'll need to file the FAFSA. You can complete the form online at and be sure to list Drexel's Federal School Code, 003256. The FAFSA can be started as early as October 1. 

Additional Program-Specific Supplemental Materials

Refer to the Program Requirements and Deadlines for any additional program-specific materials you are required to submit.

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.

Mailing Addresses

Please refer to the Program Requirements and Deadlines for the correct mailing address for your program.

Admission Decisions

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.

Public Law 93-380: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

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.

Access Privileges and Property Rights

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.

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report

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).

Required Information for Students and the Public

You can view further information and disclosures about Drexel University at the Required Information for Students and the Public Provost webpage.