Drexel University: Distance Learning Programs In-Depth

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Drexel eLearning
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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. Its programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the "Best Online Graduate Programs" in the fields of business administration, engineering, and library science. Utilizing 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 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

Online M.S.N. programs are available in nursing education, leadership and management, clinical trials, acute care nurse practitioner (NP)*, adult psychiatric mental health NP*, emergency and public safety services, health science, and design-your-own M.S.N. Programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and prepare nurses to move into managerial or leadership roles in their desired fields. Post-master's certificates are also available.

M.B.A. Anywhere* and Techno M.B.A.* programs are available. The M.B.A. Anywhere program offers a broadly based management curriculum with available concentrations in engineering management and entrepreneurship. The Techno M.B.A. program offers the M.B.A. curriculum with a technology management focus. These programs optimize the students' leadership potential in a twenty-four-month, part-time, cohort format. Both programs are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest accreditation for U.S. business schools.

Online master's degrees are available in engineering management, electrical engineering, software engineering, and computer science. These programs are delivered by an internationally recognized leader in engineering education. 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.

Drexel 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.

The flagship online education program is the M.S. in the science of instruction. Teacher certification can be incorporated into the master's program or can be done as a stand-alone program. Add-on certificates are available in 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.

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-Intensive in the United States and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Colleges for 2005."

A Master of Science in Higher Education degree program prepares students with the practical skills, knowledge, and experience to become professionals and leaders in higher education institutions, national/international associations and organizations, government agencies, and corporations. The program is taught in cohort groups of 20 to 25 students over a twenty-four-month period and is offered in two formats: Online and Executive*.

Two bachelor's of nursing programs are offered. Both the RN-B.S.N. and RN-B.S.N.-M.S.N. programs focus on industry-current issues in nursing. In these NLNAC- and CCNE-accredited programs, students arrange to complete clinicals in their area. An RN license is required for admission to these programs.

Bachelor of Science programs are available in communications and applied technology and in general studies with specializations in computing technology, finance, management, or marketing. The programs are designed for adult learners, who can transfer in up to 135 out of 180 quarter credits.

Programs accompanied by an * require on-campus attendance.

Special Programs

Certificate programs are available in engineering management, epidemiology and biostatistics, and nursing.

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.


Graduate nursing programs accept students three times a year, in January, May, and August. All other programs run on ten-week quarters beginning in January, March, June, and September. Admissions requirements vary across programs. Students should visit the Web site listed in the Contact section 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.


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/petersons


Applications are now being accepted for the fall term. 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 contact the University for more information.

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