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College of Computing and Informatics Frequently Asked Questions

Accreditation: 

Are Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics programs accredited? 

Transfer Credits: 

Do you accept transfer credits into the Master's level College of Computing and Informatics programs? 

Credit for Work Experience: 

Do you award credit for work experience? 

GRE Exam: 

Is the GRE required for admission? If so, what is the minimum score required? 

Admissions Criteria: 

If I do not fulfill all of the Admissions Criteria, can I still be accepted? 

International Students: 

How does someone with an International degree go about applying to an online graduate College of Computing and Informatics program? 

Program Length: 

How long does it take to complete a College of Computing and Informatics online Master's program? 

Non-Matriculated Students: 

Can I take one or two classes at the College of Computing and Informatics without being enrolled in the program? 

On-Campus Requirements: 

Are there any on-campus requirements for College of Computing and Informatics programs? 

Coursework: 

How many hours per week are generally spent on coursework for an online graduate College of Computing and Informatics class? 

School Librarian Program: 

I want to be a school librarian. To which program should I apply? 

Tuition Reductions: 

Are there any available tuition discounts for employees or members of partnering corporations or associations? 

Computer Skills: 

Do I need a certain level of computer skills to be successful in the College of Computing and Informatics programs?  


Are Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics programs accredited? 

Yes. Drexel’s LIS degree is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). Drexel University is also regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education the same accreditation as Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, New York University, Princeton, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania).

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Do you accept transfer credits into the Master's level College of Computing and Informatics programs? 

Yes, however no more than 3 courses (9 credits) can be transferred in to a degree program or awarded as Credit for Work Experience. We require students to complete 12 classes (36 credits) with us in order to earn a MS degree. Previously attended courses must meet the following guidelines to be eligible for transfer:

  • Course completion date must not be more than 5 years ago.
  • Grade must be "B" or better
  • No more than 3 courses can be transferred in to a degree program
  • Courses must be from an accredited graduate degree program
  • See all criteria on the Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit form below.

A 3 credit course taken at an institution following a semester schedule will be transferred in as a 3 credit course at Drexel University, regardless of the difference between the length of semesters or terms. Only credits will transfer, not quality points.

In order to begin the process, applicants must request transfer credits be reviewed. We ask that a Transfer Credit Form be completed in addition to submitting supporting materials. You will need a course description and/or syllabus for each class in which you are seeking credit.

Transfer credit can be reviewed for at the application phase (when your file is sent to review for a decision) with you Admissions Counselor or once you have already been accepted with your Academic Advisor.

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Do you award credit for work experience? 

Yes. Credit for work experience consists of the following guidelines:

  • CWE is not granted to applicants for the dual degree (MS/MSIS), MS in Software Engineering, PhD in Information Studies, and any certificate/Post Masters programs.
  • Credit will only be granted for relevant, professional level work experience related to the degree you are pursing.
  • Work completed as a graduate assistant, during a graduate internship, or during undergraduate study is not applicable.
  • Credit is not given for previous graduate degrees; however students may be eligible to transfer courses into the degree program. See Transfer Credit form.
  • Credit will not be given for work experience accumulated throughout the degree program. It will only be considered for work experience received prior to starting the degree program.
  • The maximum amount allowed of CWE, Transfer Credit and Practicum combined is 9 credits (3 classes).
  • MSHI students who do not have a Health-Related background may only receive up to 6 credits (2 classes) of CWE.
  • Credits only apply to free electives courses.
  • Students who are approved to receive credit for related professional work experience cannot receive a tuition discount for joining a professional organization that will, in sum, discount their total tuition more than 20%.

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Is the GRE required for admission? If so, what is the minimum score required? 

GRE scores 5 years old or less are a required part of our admissions process for all College of Computing and Informatics programs (except those applying to the graduate level certificate programs). However, we offer a preliminary GRE waiver for students who have a GPA of 3.2 or higher for a conferred undergraduate or graduate degree. The 3.2 GPA could be cumulative or attained in the second half of coursework of the completed degree program. This is a departmental decision. The preliminary GRE waiver review does not need to be requested by applicants.

We have found that scores at the 50th percentile or higher on the verbal, quantitative and analytic tests are generally associated with success in the program. It is important to keep in mind that the Admission Review Board looks at every application holistically and GRE test results are only one of several indicators of acceptance. If the GRE is required, it will be the only standardized test considered. The GMAT or LSAT cannot be used in place of GRE.

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If I do not fulfill all of the Admissions Criteria, can I still be accepted? 

Yes, the only absolute requirement for application to our MS programs is that you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. The 3.0 GPA for the last two years of your Since we review each application on a case by case basis and take all levels of education and experience into consideration, it is possible that we may offer applicants provisional admission at the college’s discretion.

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How does someone with an International degree go about applying to an online graduate College of Computing and Informatics program? 

In addition to the general admissions requirements, any applicant who does not hold a completed degree from a U.S. institution (Bachelor’s or higher) must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have an official score report sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Drexel University as part of their application for admission. We are looking for an iBT total score of 100 or higher. TOEFL scores must be less than two years old in order to be considered. Information regarding the TOEFL can be obtained by contacting:

Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541
609-921-9000, or 609-771-7100
http://www.toefl.org 

Applicants who have a degree from non U.S. institutions are required to submit a World Education Service (WES) course-by-course transcript evaluation. Applicants are responsible for contacting WES for evaluation of their foreign transcripts and are responsible for supplying all necessary documentation. If an applicant is accepted, confirms and enrolls, our College will provide reimbursement for the cost of the basic course-by-course evaluation only (shipping and other fees not included). Information regarding the WES course-by-course transcript evaluation can be obtained by contacting:

World Education Service, Inc. (WES)
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745
212-966-6311
http://www.wes.org 

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How long does it take to complete a College of Computing and Informatics online master's program? 

The time to complete each program varies from student to student. Students have five years to complete a graduate level program.

The length is determined by your status; part-time (1-2 classes a term) or full-time (3 classes a term) and how many credits are required to complete the program. Drexel operates on a quarter system. We have four 10 week terms in a year (Fall, Spring, Winter and Summer).

  • If you are a part-time student taking 2 classes a term for all 4 terms in the year, you can finish a 15 course Master’s program in 2 years or 8 terms.
  • If you are a full-time student taking 3 classes a term for all 4 terms in the year, you can finish a 15 course Master’s program in 1.25 years or 5 terms.

Generally, students take 1-2 courses per quarter because of family and work commitments.

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Can I take one or two classes at the College of Computing and Informatics without being enrolled in the program? 

No. The College of Information Science and Technology does not allow students to take courses under the non-matriculated status (non-degree seeking).

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Are there any on-campus requirements for College of Computing and Informatics programs? 

No. Students are not required to travel to campus for the graduate College of Computing and Informatics programs, though they are welcome to take classes face-to-face if they choose and the college schedule allows for it.

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How many hours per week are generally spent on coursework for an online graduate College of Computing and Informatics class? 

Based on student feedback and faculty guidance, students spend about 9-12 hours per week, per class on online coursework, readings, and exams.

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I want to be a school librarian. To which program should I apply? 

Drexel's MS in Library and Information Science with a concentration in School Library Media (SLiM) is the most appropriate program. Designed to prepare graduates to be eligible for certification as school librarians by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the program meets the requirements of the State of Pennsylvania and provides a strong basis for seeking certification in other states as well. In most instances, students will be required to complete a supervised field study to be eligible for certification.

Specific requirements to become a school librarian differ. Some K-12 schools might require, in addition to your Master's degree, a teaching certificate. Keep in mind that this program does not offer a media specialist certification. Please contact the school where you plan to work and ask what credentials they require. Students seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania should check the requirements in their own state by contacting their Department of Education.

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Are there any available tuition discounts for employees or members of partnering corporations or associations? 

Yes. Drexel has a large network of partners all over the country who benefit from reduced tuition rates. To find out if your employer or association is one of Drexel's partners, please contact us toll-free at 877-215-0009 or via email at info@drexel.com.

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Do I need a certain level of computer skills to be successful in the College of Computing and Informatics programs? 

Please use the computer skills prerequisites evaluation to measure your technical proficiency for this program. There is no reply needed. It is for self-evaluation purposes only.

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