Drexel University

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Drexel eLearning
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Founded in 1891, Drexel University is a leader in the integration of technology into academics. Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Drexel consists of eleven colleges and schools offering 161 degree programs to approximately 16,000 students. Drexel University has more than 90,000 alumni and 1,000 full-time faculty members. Known as Philadelphia's technological university, Drexel is among the top fifty private, nonprofit, national doctoral/research universities in the United States and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Colleges for 2006."

Distance Learning Program

Drexel eLearning, a subsidiary of Drexel University, specializes in innovative, Internet-based distance education programs for working professionals in the United States and abroad. A pioneer in online education, Drexel has offered programs online since 1996. Using the same rigorous academic standards (admission criteria, curricula, accreditation, and exams), Drexel's online programs are taught by the same distinguished faculty members and lead to the same high-quality degree as those received on the campus.

Delivery Media

Drexel University's online courses require a student to have a personal computer with an Internet connection and use a Web browser to access the e-learning environment. Course instruction is delivered primarily asynchronously (i.e., where the teacher and learner are not physically at the same place at the same time). Instructional materials come in text, graphics, audio, and video formats and are available online 24/7. Students interact directly with each other and faculty members through e-mail, threaded discussions (online discussion boards), chat, and Web-based whiteboard facilities. All readings, assignments, quizzes, and exams are prespecified, monitored on a continuous basis, and submitted online.

Programs of Study

Drexel's online Bachelor of Science degree programs offered through the College of Nursing include RN-B.S.N. and RN-B.S.N.-M.S.N. programs, which focus on industry-current issues in nursing. In these programs, which are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), students arrange to complete clinicals in their area. An RN license is required for admission to the programs. A B.S. in health services administration program is also available.

Bachelor of Science programs are also offered in business administration, communications and applied technology, computing technology, education, psychology, and general studies, with specializations in management and finance. The programs are designed for adult learners, who can transfer up to 135 out of 180 quarter credits.

Drexel's master's degree online programs offered through the College of Nursing include M.S.N. in contemporary nursing faculty, nursing leadership in health systems management, clinical trials research, acute care nurse practitioner (NP)*, adult psychiatric mental health (NP)*, completion program for NPs, and innovation and intra/entrepreneurship in advanced nursing practice. Programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the CCNE and prepare nurses to move into managerial or leadership roles in their desired fields. Post-master's certificates are also available.

The M.B.A. Anywhere* program provides a broadly based management curriculum with available concentrations in marketing, finance, information systems strategy, engineering management, and entrepreneurship. This program optimizes the students' leadership potential in a twenty-four-month, part-time cohort format and is accredited by AACSB International, the highest accreditation for U.S. business schools.

Online master's degrees through Drexel's College of Engineering are available in engineering management, electrical engineering, software engineering, and computer science. Drexel University's College of Engineering is the third-largest private engineering college in the United States, with numerous faculty recognitions, highly ranked programs, and research accomplishments. Its curricula are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), the leading authority on educational standards for the engineering and science professions.

Drexel, an internationally recognized center for education and research in all facets of information science and systems, also offers online M.S. degree programs in library and information science and in information systems. The M.S. program in library and information science is a top-ranked, ALA-accredited program that allows students to specialize in management of digital information or information/library services. The M.S. program in information systems features a wide range of courses that cover all stages of systems engineering as a life-cycle process.

Ranked as one of America's Best Graduate Schools for 2007 by U.S. News & World Report, Drexel's College of Education offers M.S. degrees in educational administration: collaborative leadership, global and international education, higher education, and the science of instruction.

The teacher certification program certifies students in elementary education or secondary education in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space science, general science, environmental education, and/or mathematics. The certification program can be incorporated into the master's program or can be completed as a standalone program.

Add-on certificates available include instructional technology specialist, principal's certification, and teaching English as a second language. These programs incorporate current research on teaching and expose teachers to the latest developments in instructional technology.

Drexel's online M.S. in clinical research organization and management program allows students to earn the experience and knowledge necessary to conduct investigations in the increasingly complex and highly regulated clinical field. A five-course certificate of study is also available.

Programs accompanied by an * require on-campus attendance.

Special Programs

Undergraduate certificate programs are available in applied retail management and holistic health studies. Gradate nursing certificates are available in contemporary nursing faculty, nursing leadership in health systems management, clinical trials research, and innovation and intra/entrepreneurship in advanced nursing practice. Additional graduate certificates are available in epidemiology and biostatistics, health-care informatics, engineering management, and toxicology and industrial hygiene.

Student Services

Online students have access to library facilities, career services, individual tutoring, learning resources, the writing center, 24/7 technical support, and more.

Credit Options

Students pursuing bachelor's degree programs may receive transfer credit for previous studies at an accredited college, CLEP exams, portfolio assessment, military training, Skillsoft, and more. The maximum number of transfer credits varies according to the student's program.


Drexel has more than 1,000 full-time faculty members—90 percent of whom hold Ph.D.s. Many of them are distinguished authorities in their fields, including several members of the National Academies of Science and Engineering. Drexel's online programs are taught by the same distinguished faculty members who teach on campus.


All Drexel online programs run on ten-week quarters beginning in January, March, June, and September, with the exception of the M.S. and certificate in clinical research, which begin three times a year, in January, May, and August. Admissions requirements vary across programs. Students should visit the Web site for specific program information.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates vary across programs. Interested students should visit the Web site listed in the Contact section (http://www.drexel.com/petersons) for specific program rates. Students are required to purchase textbooks. There are no application fees.

Financial Aid

Students may apply for scholarships, loans, grants, federal and state aid, and more. Drexel is a Servicemember Opportunity College, welcoming adult students from the military who are using military aid or the Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits to cover their education costs. Deferred tuition payment plans are also available for students receiving reimbursement.


Application deadlines are typically six weeks before the start of classes. There is no application fee, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students should visit the Web site for more information.


Drexel eLearning
Drexel University
3001 Market Street
One Drexel Plaza, Suite 300
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: 866-440-1949 (toll-free)
Fax: 215-895-0525
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.drexel.com

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