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College of Computing and Informatics Drexel University

  • Philadelphia, PA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 67%33%
    student ratio
  • 811
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition

Overview

The iSchool at Drexel Online Degrees and On-Campus Degrees

The iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology, is located at Drexel University, a private university in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The iSchool offers graduate degree programs including the online and on-campus Library and Information Science program; the online and on-campus Information Systems program; the online and on-campus Software Engineering program; and the online Healthcare Informatics program.

Drexel University is the sixteenth largest private university in the U.S., and U.S.News & World Report ranked it sixth in its "Best Colleges: Up-and-Coming National Universities" rating. Drexel is known for its innovative programs and career-minded approach to education. The iSchool at Drexel is home to one of the country's oldest and most respected Library and Information Science master's degree programs, which was established in 1892. The College's Information Systems specialty was ranked third in the nation by U.S.News & World Report.

The iSchool's professional development opportunities, such as the Certificate in Healthcare Informatics, Post Master's Study Program, Post Master's Specialist Program, Special Associate Study Program, and the Advanced Certificate in Information Studies and Technology (ACIST), allow students holding a master's degree in any field to update their education and develop new expertise. The iSchool's doctoral program in Information Studies educates interdisciplinary professionals in the fields of information services and systems, with a focus on research that increases the benefits of information science and technology for all sectors of society.

Drexel Master of Science in Library and Information Science

At The iSchool at Drexel, the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.) is one of just sixty-three programs accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). Completing an ALA-accredited program in Library and Information Science prepares graduates for a range of jobs in the information field and enhances their ability to move their careers forward, as most employers require an ALA-accredited master's degree in library science for a professional position. In addition, some states require an ALA-accredited degree to work as a professional librarian in public or school libraries.

Further enhancing the program's reputation, it was ranked ninth among "America's Best Graduate Schools" by U.S.News & World Report, with its specialties in Medical Librarianship and Digital Librarianship rating fifth and sixth, respectively.

In addition, an impartial ranking by Academics Analytics Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSP Index) rated the iSchool's faculty productivity eighth nationally for overall productivity, making this library and information science school one of the most productive and respected institutions in the country.

The M.S. program requires fifteen courses that may be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Course work is offered relating to library and information work in legal, medical, scientific, and business settings, as well as studies in healthcare informatics, computerized library information systems, web-mastery, and print-oriented information services.

The iSchool also offers a dual master's degree program, leading to the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.) and the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS). This dual program combines the focus of the M.S. program's concern with selecting, organizing, managing and accessing information resources to meet user's information needs with the MSIS graduates' skills in creating and managing the databases, interfaces, and information systems. To be eligible, graduate students must be currently working on their first degree when requesting admission to the second.

On-Campus or Online Master of Science in Library and Information Science Degree

Students working toward their Master of Science (M.S.) in Library and Information Science at The iSchool at Drexel are able to take courses online or on campus. The iSchool is the fifth-largest program in the nation that offers library science degrees online, according to U.S.News & World Report. Drexel University was one of the first schools to offer completely online degrees, it remains a national model. The option to obtain master's degrees online allows students the flexibility they need to complete their classes at the time and place of their choosing; the asynchronous online learning means students can log on at any time and from any place.

The M.S. requires fifteen courses that may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The balance of the program at this library and information science school can be completed either through a range of electives or through an optional concentration, which consists of five courses plus four electives of the student's choice. Concentrations are currently available in competitive intelligence and knowledge management, digital libraries, library and information services, school library media, and youth services. Special course options in archives are also available, as are professional development opportunities such as the Certificate in Healthcare Informatics, Post Master's Study Program, Post Master's Specialist Program, Special Associate Study Program, and the Advanced Certificate in Information Studies and Technology (ACIST).


Location & Contact

College of Computing and Informatics

Drexel University

3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875
United States

Dr. David Fenske

Dean/Professor of Information Science

Phone: 215-895-2475
Fax: 215-895-6378
Email: fenske@drexel.edu

Mr. Matthew Lechtenberg

Graduate Admissions Manager

Phone: 215-895-1951
Fax: 215-895-2303
Email: ml333@drexel.edu

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Departments & Programs


Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Library Science Certificate
      Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Advanced Certificate
      Master of Science (MS)
      Post Master Certificate (PMC)
      Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 345
    • Doctoral Degrees 8
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 29
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

46% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,024
    • Accepted 474
    • Acceptance Rate 46
    • Enrolled 236
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic Not Reported
    • Application Fee - International Not Reported
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline September 1st September 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline March 4th February 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students811
    • Female Percentage67%
    • Male Percentage33%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students811
    • Part-time Percentage72%
    • Full-time Percentage28%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian74%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown9%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty64
    • Full-time Percentage53%
    • Part-time Percentage47%
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchInformation retrieval/information visualization/bibliometrics, human-computer interaction, digital libraries, databases, text/data mining
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$2,000,000


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