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Equivalency Chart

For Professional Staff, effective as of 8/15/2022

Degree Years of Experience  Degree  Years of Experience  Degree  Years of Experience  Degree  Years of Experience 
HS/GED 0            
HS/GED
1            
HS/GED
2            
HS/GED
3            
HS/GED  4 Associate 0        
HS/GED
5   1        
HS/GED
6   2        
HS/GED
7   3        
HS/GED
8   4 Bachelor 0    
HS/GED
9   5   1    
HS/GED
10   6   2    
      7   3

      8   4 Master
0
      9   5   1
      10   6   2
          7   3
          8   4
          9   5
          10   6
              7
              8
           
9
              10
  • Work experience must be relevant
  • No amount of relevant work experience is equivalent to a doctorate, JD, MD, etc.
  • Relevant work experience cannot be used to "jump" more than two degrees

For example

  • A High School Diploma/GED and 10 years of relevant work = Associate degree and 6 years of relevant work = Bachelor degree and 2 years of relevant work
  • A High School Diploma/GED cannot be made equivalent to a Master

Professional Staff Educational and Experience Equivalencies

Incorporating educational and experience equivalencies into a requisition can help attract a broader, more diverse applicant pool. Education and experience equivalencies provide objective alternatives for determining whether applicants meet the minimum requirements of the position.

What is an equivalency?

Within the job functions and families established for the University's compensation structure, some positions allow for the use of an educational or experience equivalency. Positions that allow for an equivalency will have the following statement in their associated requisition template, “Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.” Professional positions that require a certain degree (e.g., JD for a lawyer) do not have equivalency language.

Hiring departments have the flexibility to select the equivalency option. Accepting equivalent experience will likely increase the size of your applicant pool and your chances of finding the best available candidate. However, you can include preferred qualifications in your posting to enable you to narrow the candidate list to those who meet both minimum and preferred qualifications.

As an institution of higher education, Drexel values the benefits of a higher education. As an employer of choice, Drexel also actively seeks to diversify our workforce and select the best candidates for each open career opportunity.