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2021 Bridge Program and Accelerated Degree Terms and Conditions

In addition to the specific terms and conditions for the accelerated programs listed below, any misrepresentation of your qualifications, experience, education, or references shall immediately disqualify you from further participation in the program and/or result in dismissal from Drexel University.

Drexel University reserves the right to amend the requirements for admission, acceptance, and retention in the accelerated degree program. You may be required to meet these amended requirements in order to remain in the program.

Accelerated Degrees

All BS/MBA programs

BS/MBA degrees:

  • BS in Accounting/MBA
  • BS in Design and Merchandising/MBA
  • BS in Finance/MBA
  • BS in International Business/MBA
  • BS in Legal Studies/MBA
  • BS in Management Information Systems/MBA
  • BS in Marketing/MBA
  • BS in Music Industry/MBA
  • BS in Operations and Supply Chain Management/MBA
  • BS in Real Estate Management and Development/MBA
  • BS in Sport Business/MBA

To remain eligible for the program and receive final acceptance into the MBA program, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a 4-year co-op or 5-year co-op program that is eligible for the BS/MBA program.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A = 4.00) throughout the program.
  • Take the GMAT and achieve a score of 570 or better before the end of Term Ten in order to continue in the program. It is recommended that the GMAT be taken late in the third year of undergraduate study.

This is a 4-year co-op 1 co-op and graduate accelerated sequential degree program or a 5-year co-op 2 co-op and graduate accelerated sequential degree program. Please read the Provost's Accelerated Degree Programs Academic Policy to understand the program's academic and financial implications.

BA/BS/MS in Communication

BA/BS/MS in Communication degrees:

  • BA or BS in Communication/MS in Communication
  • BA in Global Studies/MS in Communication
  • BS in Marketing//MS in Communication

To remain eligible for the BA/BS/MS in Communication program and receive final acceptance into the program, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a 4-year co-op or 5-year co-op program that is eligible for the BA/BS/Communication program. 
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A = 4.00) throughout the program.
  • Submit a 500-word statement of goals that explains why you want to enroll in the accelerated degree program.
  • Provide name of a faculty reference who can speak to your academic qualifications and preparedness for graduate studies. 

This is a 4-year co-op 1 co-op and graduate accelerated sequential degree program or a 5-year 2 co-op and graduate accelerated sequential degree program. Please read the Provost's Accelerated Degree Programs Academic Policy to understand the program's academic and financial implications.

BS/MS in Biomedical Engineering

To remain eligible for the BS/MS in Biomedical Engineering program and receive final acceptance into the program, you must:

  • Be enrolled in the 5-year co-op program.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40 (A = 4.00) prior to enrolling in the program and a grade point average of at least 3.20 throughout the program.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to complete a plan of study for both degree programs as a current student.
  • Meet with the BS/MS advisor to complete the application for admission to an accelerated program and submit a plan of study once you have completed 90 credits (including transfer and AP credits that may be applicable) but before you have completed 120 credits.
  • Meet regularly with both an academic advisor and the BS/MS advisor to monitor your progress.

This is a 5-year co-op and graduate accelerated program – co-terminal degree. Please read the Provost's Accelerated Degree Programs Academic Policy to understand the program's academic and financial implications.

BS/MS in Engineering

Eligible majors:

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

To remain eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be enrolled in the 5-year co-op program.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.20 (A = 4.00) prior to officially applying to the program through the Graduate College and a grade point average of at least 3.20 throughout the program. (Please note that some programs may require a higher GPA.)

To receive final acceptance into the master's program, you must:

  • During year two, meet with your department's BS/MS advisor to confirm that at the time of your application you have taken between 90 and 120 credits at Drexel (not including transfer or advanced standing) and develop a plan of study.
  • Complete a BS/MS application to the Graduate College who will review it to ensure that you meet the minimum GPA requirement and that your plan of study is achievable in five years.
  • Meet with Drexel Central to understand the financial implications of the program.

This is a 5-year co-op and graduate accelerated program – co-terminal degree. Please read the Provost's Accelerated Degree Programs Academic Policy to understand the program's academic and financial implications. You will be expected to maintain minimum GPAs in both undergraduate and graduate courses to remain in the accelerated program. The department(s) will provide details of these requirements, depending on your undergraduate and graduate programs. 

BS/MS in Psychology

To receive final acceptance into the BS/MS in Psychology program, you must:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 (A = 4.00) throughout the program.
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a minimum of 302 with no section less than 149 (or current equivalent).
  • Receive the support of a faculty member to serve as your research mentor prior to final acceptance into the program.

This is a 4-year co-op and graduate accelerated sequential degree program. Please read the Provost's Accelerated Degree Programs Academic Policy to understand the program's academic and financial implications.

BS/MPH in Health Services Administration and Public Health

To remain eligible for the BS/MPH in Health Services Administration and Public Health program and receive final acceptance into the MPH program, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in the 4-year one co-op Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration program.
  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.3. A 3.3 GPA is required at the point of admission into the accelerated program, which occurs during sophomore year or in the beginning of junior year. Students with a GPA below 3.3 will be ineligible to continue on the accelerated track; however, they will still be eligible to complete the Bachelor of Science program.
  • Have the ability to simultaneously take undergraduate and MPH courses during junior and senior year.
  • Complete the prerequisite courses necessary for admission into the MPH program with no grade lower than a C.
  • Complete the online SOPHAS application to the MPH program in the Dornsife School of Public Health during junior year and senior year.
  • Obtain two written recommendations, one from a faculty member and one from an advisor, supervisor, or mentor, when applying through the online SOPHAS application in the third year.

This is a 4-year co-op and graduate accelerated sequential degree program. Please read the Provost's Accelerated Degree Programs Academic Policy to understand the program's academic and financial implications.

BS/MPH in Public Health

To remain eligible for the BS/MPH in Public Health program and receive final acceptance into the MPH program, the following must be maintained and/or completed:

  • Be currently enrolled in the 4-year one co-op Bachelor of Science in Public Health program.
  • Maintain the minimum overall grade point average requirement outlined by your department at the point of admission into the accelerated program, which occurs during sophomore year or in the beginning of junior year.
  • Have the ability to simultaneously take undergraduate and MPH courses during junior and senior year.
  • Complete the prerequisite courses necessary for admission into the MPH program with no grade lower than a C.
  • Complete the online SOPHAS application to the MPH program in the Dornsife School of Public Health during junior year and senior year.
  • Obtain two written recommendations, one from a faculty member and one from an advisor, supervisor, or mentor, when applying through the online SOPHAS application in the third year.

This is a 4-year co-op and graduate accelerated sequential degree program. Please read the Provost's Accelerated Degree Programs Academic Policy to understand the program's academic and financial implications.

BA in Global Studies/MPH in Public Health

To remain eligible for the BA in Global Studies/MPH in Public Health program and receive final acceptance into the MPH program, the following must be maintained and/or completed:

  • Be currently enrolled in the 4-year one co-op Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies program.
  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.3. A 3.3 GPA is required at the point of admission into the accelerated program, which occurs during sophomore year or in the beginning of junior year. Students with a GPA below 3.3 will be ineligible to continue on the accelerated track; however, they will still be eligible to complete the Bachelor of Science program.
  • Have the ability to simultaneously take undergraduate and MPH courses during junior and senior year.
  • Complete the prerequisite courses necessary for admission into the MPH program with no grade lower than a C.
  • Complete the online SOPHAS application to the MPH program in the Dornsife School of Public Health during junior year and senior year.
  • Obtain two written recommendations, one from a faculty member and one from an advisor, supervisor, or mentor, when applying through the online SOPHAS application in the third year.

This is a 4-year co-op and graduate accelerated sequential degree program. Please read the Provost's Accelerated Degree Programs Academic Policy to understand the program's academic and financial implications.

Bridge Degree Programs

BS/DPT in Physical Therapy

The Bridge Program for the BS/DPT Physical Therapy track allows highly qualified students the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences and a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy in six years as opposed to the traditional seven years. Students meeting all BS/DPT Bridge Program option requirements are granted an interview with the Drexel Physical Therapy program in the fall of their junior year. Students successfully completing the interview process enter the Physical Therapy program in the fall of their senior year.

To remain in the Bridge Program for BS/DPT track, incoming first-year students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the Drexel Health Sciences Program as a first-year student and complete a minimum of 135 quarter credits by the end of junior year.
  • Complete DPT program prerequisite courses at Drexel University unless Advanced Placement (AP) credit is granted upon admission.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C in all DPT program prerequisite courses on the first attempt. Repeating courses to obtain a minimum grade is not feasible in the accelerated track. Prerequisite grades of INC or W must be approved by the Health Sciences Bridge Program track director and are only allowed for unforeseen extenuating circumstances.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.33 and science GPA of 3.25 (A = 4.00). Minimum GPA requirements must be achieved by the DPT program application deadline at the end of the sophomore year.
  • Complete all current DPT program admission and application requirements found on the Drexel Physical Therapy Department website. Applications are submitted through PTCAS and should include clinical contact hours, recommendation letters, a personal statement and any other requirements set by the DPT program.
  • Complete a successful admissions interview with the Drexel DPT Program and be recommended for admission by the DPT Admissions Committee. Bridge Program students who meet all of the above criteria will be granted an interview in the fall of their junior year for a seat in the Drexel PT program. The interview is a critical part of the DPT program admission process and should not be considered lightly. Being granted an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the DPT program.

Health Sciences Bridge Program students fulfilling all requirements begin the DPT program in the fall of their senior year. Students receive a BS degree in Health Sciences at the end of their senior year (minimum 180 credits) after successful completion of all fall, winter, and spring term DPT program courses. Students not continuing in the Bridge Program BS/DPT option will continue their studies in the traditional Health Sciences 4-year co-op degree program and have the opportunity to apply to the Drexel DPT program and other Physical Therapy programs the following year.

BS/MHS in Physician Assistant

The Bridge Program for the BS/MHS Physician Assistant track allows highly qualified students the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in the Health Sciences and Physician Assistant master's curriculum in 5.25 years as opposed to the traditional 6.25 years. Students meeting all BS/MHS Bridge Program track requirements are granted an interview with the Drexel Physician Assistant (PA) program in the fall of their junior year. Bridge Program track students who successfully complete the interview process enter the PA program in the fall of their senior year.

To remain in the Bridge Program for the BS/MHS option, incoming first-year students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the Drexel Health Sciences Program as a first-year student and complete a minimum of 135 quarter credits by the end of their third year.
  • Complete PA program prerequisite courses at Drexel University unless Advanced Placement (AP) credit is granted upon admission.
  • Earn a minimum of B- in all PA program prerequisite courses on the first attempt. Repeating courses to obtain a minimum grade is not feasible in the accelerated track. Prerequisite grades of INC or W must be approved by the Health Sciences accelerated track director and are only allowed for unforeseen extenuating circumstances.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 and science GPA of 3.50 (A = 4.00). Minimum GPA requirements must be achieved by the PA program application deadline at the end of their second year. Students who do not achieve the minimum GPA criteria may be considered by the PA program admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.
  • Complete all current PA program admission and application requirements found on the Drexel Physician Assistant Department website for Non-Degreed Applicants. Applications are submitted through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and should include clinical contact hours, recommendation letters, a personal statement and any other requirements set by the PA program.
  • Complete a successful admissions interview with the Drexel PA Program and be recommended for admission by the PA Admissions Committee. Bridge Program students who meet all of the above criteria will be granted an interview in the fall of their junior year for a seat in the Drexel PA program. The interview is a critical part of the PA program admission process and should not be considered lightly. Being granted an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the PA program.

Health Sciences Bridge Program students fulfilling all requirements begin the PA program in the fall of their senior year. Students receive a BS degree in Health Sciences at the end of their senior year (minimum 180 credits) after successful completion of all fall, winter, and spring term PA program courses. Students not continuing in the Bridge Program BS/MHS option will continue their studies in the traditional Health Sciences 4-year co-op degree program and have the opportunity to apply to the Drexel PA program and other Physician Assistant programs the following year.

BS in Nutrition and Foods/MS in Nutrition and Dietetics

The dual degree in Nutrition Sciences is an academic track that enables students to complete both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in five years in preparation for becoming a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN). Students pursue the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science during their first four years of study and either the Master of Science in Human Nutrition or the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics during the final year of study.

This program allows students to meet the requirements of the Commission on Dietetic Registration that, as of January 1, 2024, all applicants for the entry-level RD/RDN exam have completed a minimum of a master's degree. The bachelor's degree is awarded following completion of year four (first year of graduate study), and the master's degree is awarded following year five.

Students who complete the Master of Science in Human Nutrition will receive the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement, allowing them to enroll in an accredited dietetic internship. Students who complete the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics will receive both the DPD and the Supervised Practice Verification Statements, and will be eligible to sit for the RD/RDN exam immediately upon graduation.

Students who are currently enrolled in Drexel's bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Foods, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, are eligible to apply when they have attained 90 earned credit hours and have no more than 120 registered credit hours. Applicants must request two letters of recommendation from faculty and submit a personal statement of approximately 500 words.

To continue into the master's degree bridge, students must earn a grade of B or better in the following courses:

  • CULA 115 Culinary Fundamentals
  • ENG 101 Expository Reading and Writing
  • ENG 102 Persuasive Writing and Reading
  • ENG 103 Analytical Writing and Reading
  • HRM 215 Commercial Food Production
  • HSCI 345 Statistics for Health Science
  • NFS 100 Nutrition, Foods and Health
  • NFS 101 Introduction to Nutrition and Food (Lab)
  • PSY 101 General Psychology I

Students must also earn a grade of C or better in the following courses:

  • BIO 122 Cells and Genetics
  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 103 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 108 Health Chemistry
  • HSCI 101 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • HSCI 102 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • HSCI 103 Anatomy and Physiology III
  • NFS 415 Advanced Nutrition I: Macronutrients
  • NFS 416 Advanced Nutrition II: Micronutrients