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2020 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.

BS/MBA degrees

All BS/MBA programs

BS/MBA degrees:

  • BS in Business/MBA
  • BS in Computing and Security Technology/MBA
  • BS in Culinary Arts and Science/MBA
  • BS in Design and Merchandising/MBA
  • BS in Entertainment and Arts Management/MBA
  • BS in Hospitality Management/MBA
  • BS in Information Systems/MBA
  • BS in Music Industry/MBA
  • BS in Sport Management/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 program that is eligible for the BS/MBA program.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20 (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 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 Degree

BA/BS/MS in Communication

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

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A = 4.00) throughout 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.

BA/MS Degrees

BA in Philosophy/MS in Public Policy

To remain eligible for the BA in Philosophy/MS in Public Policy program and receive final acceptance into the program, you must:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A = 4.00) throughout 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.

BA/MS in Library and Information Science

To remain eligible for the BA/MS in Library and Information Science program and receive final acceptance into the program, you must upon completion of a minimum of 90 credits but no more than 120 credits:

  • Complete the BA/MS application.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a full-time faculty member.
  • Submit an academic plan of study to both your undergraduate and graduate advisor.
  • Be in a 4-year co-op education program.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 (A = 4.00).
  • Achieve a minimum 79 TOEFL iBT score or current equivalent (international students).

If unable to meet the requirements as a BA/MS student, you may continue in the regular BA 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/MS Degrees

BS/MS in Accounting

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

  • Be enrolled in a 4-year co-op program.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (A = 4.00) throughout the program.
  • Meet with a BS/MS advisor no later than the spring term of your first 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/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 Computing & Informatics

To remain eligible for the BS/MS in College of Computing and Informatics program and receive final acceptance into the program, you must upon completion of a minimum of 90 credits but no more than 120 credits:

  • Be in a 5-year co-op education program.
  • Seek confirmation from the Graduate College to continue in the program by completing an application and an academic advisor-approved plan-of-study document after having accumulated at least 90 credits but no more than 120 credits.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from full-time College of Computing & Informatics faculty members.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 (A = 4.00).
  • Achieve a minimum 79 TOEFL iBT score or current equivalent (international students).
  • Students with a major in Computer Science must have also completed the core Computer Science courses with a minimum GPA of 3.50.

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 Education

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

  • Be enrolled in the 4-year co-op program (and as a graduate student in the 5th year); both BS and MS degrees will be issued jointly upon completion of both sets of degree requirements.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A = 4.00) throughout 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/MS in Engineering

To remain eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be enrolled in the 5-year co-op program.
  • Maintain 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:

  • Seek confirmation from the Graduate College to continue in the program by completing a BS/MS application and a plan-of-study document after you have accumulated at least 90 credits but no more than 120 credits.
  • Meet with the department's BS/MS advisor to develop an official plan of study.
  • Meet the department-specific course and GPA requirements for admission into the College of Engineering BS/MS program based on BS and intended MS degree pursuit.

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 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.

Other Accelerated Degrees

BA/BS/JD (Law)

To remain eligible for the BA/BS/JD Law program and receive final acceptance into the Juris Doctor component, you must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative overall grade point average of 3.40 (A = 4.00). This includes work taken at other institutions. Assessment of this compliance will begin at the end of the second year of study and thereafter at the conclusion of each academic term.
  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than November of the final year of undergraduate study and earn a score of at least 156 on the LSAT.
  • Attend the BA/BS/JD program activity or event each quarter; times and locations to be communicated by the program director. If you have a class or co-op schedule conflict with the BA/BS/JD program activity/event for a particular quarter, you will inform the program director in advance of the scheduled date and attend a substitute activity chosen in consultation with the program director.
  • Meet regularly with an academic advisor and quarterly with the program director.
  • Maintain satisfactory progress toward completing your undergraduate coursework in three years (four years if you are enrolled in what is normally a five-year program).
  • File a complete, binding application to the School of Law no later than December 31 of your final year of undergraduate study.
  • Complete all undergraduate coursework before the beginning of the School of Law's new student orientation.
  • Comply with all admission and seat deposit requirements of the School of Law.
  • Comply with all character and fitness requirements of the School of Law.

* Students enrolled in the College of Computing & Informatics and College of Engineering majors, except the BS in Engineering, will be required to complete four years of undergraduate study before enrolling in the JD portion of the program.

Depending on their chosen program of study, students may participate in the Drexel Co-op program. Co-op length may be adjusted to accommodate a BA/BS/JD student's accelerated course of study.

Students in the BA/BS/JD program will be evaluated for the School of Law merit scholarships according to the same criteria used for all other applicants in the year the student applies to law school. Law scholarship decisions will be based solely on merit and without regard to the applicant's binding decision status.

Please read the Provost's Accelerated Degree Programs Academic Policy.

BS/DPT in Physical Therapy

The Accelerated 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 accelerated 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 Accelerated 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 accelerated 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. Accelerated 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 accelerated 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 Accelerated 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 accelerated 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 accelerated track requirements are granted an interview with the Drexel Physician Assistant (PA) program in the fall of their junior year. Accelerated track students who successfully complete the interview process enter the PA program in the fall of their senior year.

To remain in the Accelerated 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. Accelerated 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 accelerated 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 Accelerated 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/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 senior year.
  • Complete the prerequisite courses necessary for admission into the MPH program with no grade lower than a C.
  • Obtain two written recommendations, one from a faculty member and one from an advisor, supervisor, or mentor, before entering graduate-level coursework.
  • Complete the online SOPHAS application to the MPH program in the Dornsife School of Public Health during their 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.