College of Computing and Informatics Drexel University

College of Computing and Informatics Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
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September 1
fall application deadline
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Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics Online Degrees and On-Campus Degrees

The College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is located at Drexel University, a private university in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. CCI offers graduate degree programs including the online and on-campus Library and Information Science program; the online and on-campus Computer Science program; the online Health Informatics program; the online and on-campus Information Systems program; the online and on-campus Software Engineering program; the online National Security Management program; and the on-campus and online Cybersecurity (a joint program with the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Drexel's College of Engineering).

Drexel University is one of America's 15 largest private universities, and for nearly a decade, has been ranked in the category of Best National Universities in "America's Best Colleges" by U.S.News & World Report. The University placed 95th overall in the 2015 rankings, the seventh straight time Drexel has been in the top 100. Drexel also ranked 10th among national universities in the U.S.News list of "Up-and-Comers," those schools most often cited by university administrators nationwide as making "the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities." Drexel has been in the top 10 each of the six years this list has been published. Drexel is known for its leadership in experiential learning and career-minded approach to education. Founded in 2013, CCI is Drexel's new focal point for Drexel's computing and information research and education, combining the former iSchool, College of Information Science & Technology; the Department of Computer Science (from the College of Engineering); and the Computing and Security Technology program (formerly housed in the Goodwin College School of Technology and Professional Studies). CCI is home to one of the country's oldest and most respected Library and Information Science master's degree programs, established in 1892.

The College's professional development opportunities, such as the Certificate in Cybersecurity, Law & Policy; Certificate in Healthcare Informatics; Certificate in Intelligence; Certificate in Continuity Management; Certificate in Homeland Security; 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 bachelorls or master's degree in any field to update their education and develop new expertise. CCI'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. The College's doctoral program in Computer Science prepares students for leadership careers in research and education in computer science and interdisciplinary work using computer science.

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

The College of Computing & Informatics' (CCI) Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) is one of just 59 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, the degree was ranked tenth among Library and Information Studies graduate programs in the nation by U.S.News & World Report ("America's Best Graduate Schools 2014"), who also rated the College in the following specialty areas: Health Librarianship (1st), Information Systems (3rd), Digital Librarianship (6th), Services for Children and Youth (9th), School Library Media (10th), and Archi ves and Preservation (12th).

In addition, an impartial ranking by Academics Analytics Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSP Index) rated CCI'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.

Students working toward their Master of Science (MSLIS) in Library and Information Science at CCI are able to take courses online or on campus. Drexel University was one of the first schools to offer completely online degrees, and 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 45-credit MSLIS program requires six core courses (18 credits), as well as a range of electives to complete their required number of credits in the program--all of which may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Students may also declare a concentration in one of six areas: archival studies, competitive intelligence and knowledge management, digital curation, digital libraries, library and information services, and youth services.

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, management and preservation of digital resources, web-mastery, and print-oriented information services.

CCI also offers graduate students the opportunity to pursue a dual master's degree among any of their graduate program. The Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) and the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) dual program combines the focus of the MSLIS 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 for a dual master's degree program, graduate students must be currently working on their first degree when requesting admission to the second.

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

Mr. Matthew Lechtenberg

Graduate Admissions Manager

Phone: 215-895-1951
Fax: 215-895-2303

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Library Science Certificate
      Advanced Certificate
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)
      Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE)
      Post Master Certificate (PMC)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 327
    • Doctoral Degrees 9
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 27
    • * 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
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


72% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 555
    • Accepted 404
    • Acceptance Rate 72
    • Enrolled 220
  • 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 *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • 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 Students816
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students816
    • Part-time Percentage71%
    • Full-time Percentage29%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian71%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown8%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty55
    • Full-time Percentage56%
    • Part-time Percentage44%
    • Female Percentage64%
    • Male Percentage36%


  • 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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