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College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Program Level Outcomes

Upon degree completion, graduates of our programs will be able to...

MS-Biological Sciences

  • Develop a strong foundation in the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. 
  • Develop critical thinking and reading skills in data-based research.
  • Effectively communicate research results in written and oral formats.  
  • Identify individual skills, values and interests for developing and pursuing career goals.
  • Propose and complete a research-based thesis project (MS-Thesis only).
  • Write, present, and defend the results of a research thesis project (MS-Thesis only).

PhD-Biological Sciences

  • Develop a strong foundation in core areas of molecular & cellular biology (e.g., biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology), molecular and behavioral ecology and/or conservation biology.
  • Develop critical thinking and reading skills.
  • Effectively communicate research results in written and oral formats.
  • Formulate and write research grant proposals with effective questions, hypotheses and experimental designs.
  • Develop the inductive and deductive reasoning skills to drive research projects productively and independently.
  • Publish a peer-reviewed, primary research manuscript.

MS-Chemistry (Non-Thesis Option)

  • Develop deeper knowledge in at least two areas of modern Chemistry
  • Add some knowledge in fields other than Chemistry, which are related to the student’s area of specialization
  • Broaden the student’s knowledge of experimental techniques and theoretical concepts
  • Acquaint the student with research literature in his/her field of study

MS-Chemistry (Thesis Option)

  • Develop deeper knowledge in at least two areas of modern Chemistry
  • Add some knowledge in fields other than Chemistry, which are related to the student’s area of specialization
  • Broaden the student’s knowledge of experimental techniques and theoretical concepts
  • Acquaint the student with research literature in his/her field of study
  • Conduct independent research under limited supervision within a research group
  • Acquire a broader understanding of research strategies, scientific thinking and data analysis

MS-Communication (Culture & Media Track)

  • Knowledge of how graduate-level research in culture, communication and media is carried out.
  • Knowledge and skills to critically assess a research project in communication, culture and media, and the ability to ask questions that go beyond the work's stated conclusions.
  • Graduate level understanding of theories to explain and define issues in social media, mass media, convergence, and agency and social change that pertain to communication, culture and media.
  • Knowledge and skills to demonstrate their own interest in and capability of pursuing doctoral level study in Communication, Media Studies or other Social Science.
  • Demonstrated understanding at the graduate level of how local and global culture affects, shapes, and alters individuals and societies.


  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research on a timely topic of modern Chemistry
  • Acquire a broader and deeper knowledge in the student’s sub-discipline/field of specialization
  • Demonstrate the ability to express research content and findings orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of their work to published literature.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact effectively with colleagues.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize experimental and theoretical tools for one’s research. 


  • Mastery of clear and effective communication of ideas across all communication environments
  • Competence in locating, critically assessing, and communicating about scholarly communication literature, communication concepts and theories.
  • Competence in applying major concepts and theories in the production of professional messages.
  • Awareness of the impact that changes in technology have on thinking, learning, remembering, and creating; and professional ability to adapt to new technology for new applications.
  • Understanding of communication research methods.
  • Ability to integrate awareness of diverse audiences, cultures, and contexts into their learning and professional experiences, and apply these to professional communication contexts.
  • Knowledge of relevant professional organizations and industries.
  • Knowledge of professional ethical standards and competence to critically assess and apply these.

MS-Environmental Policy

  • Analyze the sources of environmental controversy with respect to the competing interests and values involved; explain controversial issues from multiple, competing points of view
  • Identify and understand the laws, policies, and regulatory approaches applicable to a given environmental issue
  • Explain fundamental scientific and social scientific ideas underlying environmental problems and their proposed solutions, as well as the uncertainties, limitations, and values inherent in those ideas
  • Anticipate the social justice implications of environmental interventions and propose strategies for making outcomes more equitable
  • Synthesize and present available information relevant to an environmental issue in a comprehensible and comprehensive form, such that a non-expert could quickly grasp the nuances of the issue
  • Work effectively in multidisciplinary, cross-sector teams to envision policy approaches to addressing environmental problems as they exist in the real world

MS-Environmental Science

  • Critically read, evaluate, and discuss relevant literature in the area of Environmental Science, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology.
  • Write reviews and reports on current topics in Environmental Science, including critical evaluation of research using cutting-edge practices.
  • Employ the hypothetico-deductive approach to experimental research in Environmental Science, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology.
  • Possess skills in oral presentation of reports and research. 
  • Translate research findings into language appropriate for communication of science to the public.  
  • Masters degree recipients completing a thesis will pursue research activities that lead to published scientific findings. 


  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of fundamental principles of Physics in the core areas of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical physics, and quantum mechanics
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of mathematical methods in Physics
  • Demonstrate advanced ability in techniques of scientific computing to solve problems in Physics
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in multiple current areas of physics research such as astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter, and particle physics


  • Conduct research in an ethical manner
  • Conduct independent psychological research
  • Become proficient in a content area of psychology.
  • Develop scientific writing skills
  • Present a research project to a scientific audience

PhD-Psychology (ACBS Program)

  • Have a good general understanding of human cognition and its neural basis.
  • Conduct independent research in an ethical manner.
  • Achieve good scientific writing skills.
  • Achieve good presentation skills.
  • Acquire superior statistical skills.
  • Acquire computer skills for experimental control, data analysis, and modeling.

PhD-Psychology (Clinical Program)

  • Have a solid understanding of theories and application of psychological assessment and intervention
  • Conduct basic applied research in an ethical manner
  • Completion of year 1 and 2 coursework in the PhD curriculum
  • Completion of practicum rotation in the Psychological Service Clinic
  • Propose, conduct, and defend an empirical thesis that addresses some aspect of psychology
  • Successfully complete the comprehensive examination

JD/PhD-Psychology (Law-Psych Program)

  • Be able to conduct basic applied research
  • Have a solid understanding of the foundational aspects of research design/methodology and statistics commonly used in the social sciences
  • Complete their first-year law school curriculum
  • Complete their 1st- and 2nd-year PhD curriculum
  • Propose, conduct, and defend an empirical thesis that addresses some aspect of law and psychology


  • Learn about the publishing history, from its history to contemporary issues around e-publishing
  • Obtain a broad base of critical interdisciplinary information and skill in media law, marketing, design,
  • Learn about e-publishing, academic, small press, self-publishing; trade publishing through faculty who work in these industries, guest speakers, and their own projects
  • Create book proposals and do market analysis in most rhetorical modes, such as literary, medical, and young adult
  • Focus on their specific interest within the publishing industry via elective courses and independent projects, thereby sharpening their skills in the various arms of the publishing industry
  • Collaborate with undergraduates and other team members on Drexel Publishing Group special projects, participating in the daily operations of DPG’s three publications.
  • Have opportunities to work with local publishing houses and publishing venues and hone skills such as copy-editing, author contact, communicating via social media, participation in design, and writing.

MS-Science Technology & Society

  • Use interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological tools to systematically analyze the social dimensions of science, medicine and technology.
  • Investigate how individual, institutional and national values and cultural contexts impact technology and science innovation and use.
  • Understand which stakeholders help create particular science and technology policies, how policies are implemented, and the political effects of policy implementation.
  • Analyze the societal impact of new technologies and scientific knowledge, with the ability to identify differential impact on stakeholders (e.g. race, age, gender, class differences).
  • Work effectively in interdisciplinary teams to identify, research and address pressing issues in technology, medicine and science.
  • Communicate research findings in a clear, concise manner.


  • Develop a thorough understanding of Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra and Measure Theory
  • Develop a thorough understanding of elective subjects of their choice in graduate mathematics
  • Read, analyze and write mathematical proofs.
  • Develop problem solving ability using mathematical tools.
  • Communicate mathematics effectively, by using both oral and written skills.


  • Develop a thorough understanding through a range of fundamental graduate level topics in both required courses in analysis and algebra and in elective courses in core and applied mathematics
  • Develop in-depth expertise through advanced graduate courses, participation in research seminar, and thesis research
  • Develop the ability to work creatively and independently.
  • Critically evaluate research articles in mathematics.
  • Communicate sophisticated mathematics effectively at a professional level both in writing and in oral presentations.

MS-Public Policy

  • Have a detailed understanding of the dynamics of the policy development and implementation processes and how this dynamic varies across and within local, national, and international jurisdictions.
  • Understand how to evaluate and provide guidance on both non-profit and governmental programs and policies.
  • Produce a thesis that demonstrates expertise in a specific policy area and in the relevant qualitative or quantitative research design.
  • Graduate with the ability to competently perform and critically interpret statistical analyses.