Drexel University Online

Drexel University was founded in 1891 in Philadelphia as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry by financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel. The name was changed in 1970 to include the institution’s research and graduate programs. The co-operative education program was introduced in 1919 to allow students an education that alternates between study and full time, academic-related employment. Drexel has also emphasized a commitment to technological innovation in its educational environment, and, according to its website, Drexel was “the nation’s first major university to operate a fully wireless campus.” U.S. News & World Report ranked Drexel 6th in “Up-and-Coming Schools” for 2012 and reported that its business school, the LeBow College of Business, boasts one of the highest percentages of MBA-enrolled international students.

Programs Offered

Drexel’s co-operative education program, through the Steinbright Career Development Center, employs Drexel students in more than 1,500 businesses and organizations in 27 states and 12 countries. Approximately 92% of undergraduate students work for a six to 18-month period, alternating between education and employment. Most of the 73 majors in Drexel’s 14 colleges and schools offer co-op programs, including Architectural Engineering, Communication, Game Art and Production, Radiologic Technology, and Sports Management. Drexel offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees online, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and several certificate programs. The Sacramento Center for Graduate Studies currently administers a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Finance, a Master of Science in Higher Education, a Master of Science in Human Resource Development, a Master of Science in Public Health, a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Management, and Interdepartmental Medical Science.


Drexel University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since July of 1927. Specific programs have also been accredited by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since July of 2005, the American Bar Association since August of 2011, the American Dental Association since December of 1968, the American Dietetic Association since July of 2007, the American Physical Therapy Association since June of 1981, and the American Psychological Association since January of 1997.


Regular admission deadline is November 15. Drexel requires an application fee, a 250 to 500-word essay, high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation (one to be completed by a high school counselor), and either SAT or ACT scores. Individual departments require their own admission prerequisites by major. Applications for Drexel University Online are accepted on a rolling basis. Term deadlines, as well as admissions criteria, are dependent on the chosen program. Acceptance for admission to the Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, Calif. requires a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution. Requirements vary by department, but most require two to three letters of recommendation, a résumé, and results from a graduate level standardized test. Prospective graduate students should check with Drexel’s individual programs for specific application requirements.

Admissions Contact

Drexel University
Drexel Admissions
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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