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College of Computing and Informatics

Philadelphia, PA


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Drexel University


Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics Online 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 the online and on-campus Computer Science program; the online and on-campus Data Science program; the online Health Informatics program; the online and on-campus Information Systems program; online and on-campus Library and Information Science program; the online and on-campus Software Engineering program; and the on-campus and online Cybersecurity (a joint program with the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Drexel's College of Engineering). 

Founded in 2013, CCI instills the knowledge and skills necessary for students to lead and innovate across industries in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. Building on Drexel University's exceptional foundation of entrepreneurship and cooperative education, CCI provides unparalleled professional experiences and the on-the-job training that is vital to preparing today's students for tomorrow's world. CCI's unique structure brings computing and informatics together under one roof in a dynamic, collaborative college allows faculty and students to spot trends before they emerge, to solve problems before they occur, and to build a better tomorrow, starting today.

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With approximately 26,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. For nearly a decade, Drexel has been ranked in the category of Best National Universities in "America's Best Colleges" by U.S.News & World Report. In 2019, Drexel ranked at number 13 in U.S.News’ Most Innovative Schools, just above Harvard University and Princeton University. U.S.News also named the University among the top ten Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs in the country. Drexel University is ranked in the top 8 percent of U.S. colleges and universities in a list compiled by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. In 2018, Drexel was also ranked among top 25 STEM schools in the US by Forbes. In a 2017 report (Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer) released by the Milken Institute, Drexel was ranked 46th out of 225 universities across the country based on its "technology transfer," or ability to translate its academic innovators' research into actual technologies, products and research-driven startups. Drexel is known for its leadership in experiential learning and career-minded approach to education. Drexel has built its global reputation on core achievements that include leadership in experiential learning through Drexel Co-op; a history of academic technology firsts; and recognition as a model of best practices in translational, use-inspired research.

The College's professional development opportunities, such as the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science; Certificate in Healthcare Informatics; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Data Science; and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computational Data Science), allow students holding a bachelor's or master's degree in any field to update their education and develop new expertise. CCI's interdisciplinary doctoral programs in information science and computer science prepare students for leadership careers in research and education in the information and computer science fields. The College's Ph.D. in Computer Science program is designed for students to ensure core knowledge of the fundamental computer science areas and to conduct bleeding edge research at the forefront of a selected area. Students are prepared for leadership careers in research and education in computer science and interdisciplinary work using computer science. The Ph.D. in Information Science offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary study of information science, data science and human-centered computing, while operating at the intersection of people, information and technology. This doctoral program prepares students to become creative, interdisciplinary researchers with foundations in information science, data science and human-centered computing.

Drexel On-Campus and/or Online Graduate Programs

The graduate programs offered by the College of Computing & Informatics include:

The Master of Science in Computer Science (M.S.C.S.) offers a multidisciplinary and in-depth understanding of the core and advanced topics in the rapidly growing and exciting field of computer science, while placing equal emphasis on theory and practice to prepare students for top professional positions. For those who don’t possess a background in computer science, the College also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science, which can serve as an introduction and entry point to the MS in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Cybersecurity programs.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity (M.S.C.). The MSC is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students with both the academic and practical training to be competitive in the ever-changing technical landscape of cybersecurity. This is a joint program with the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Drexel's College of Engineering.

The new Master of Science in Data Science (M.S.D.S.) provides students with the skills, perspective and expertise to succeed in today’s rapidly changing, information and technology driven economy. Drawing on the interdisciplinary strengths of Drexel’s College of Computing & Informatics, the 45-credit MS in Data Science program provides students with in-depth knowledge of core data science principles and the origin of tools necessary to harness big data. For those not yet ready for a full master’s program, Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Applied Data Science and Computational Data Science are also available. Students who complete either certificate prior to enrolling in MS Data Science (MSDS) degree program may transfer up to 12 credits toward the MSDS degree.

The Master of Science in Health Informatics (M.S.H.I.) provides students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds with the knowledge of how to use information technology efficiently and responsibly to improve health outcomes. In 2018, Drexel's MSHI degree program achieved full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Drexel University's educational programs are accredited by MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education). The College also offers a Certificate in Healthcare Informatics, which is designed for information professionals, clinical personnel and health care support personnel who want to increase their knowledge of health information technology. The program may serve as an entry point to CCI’s Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics program.

The Master of Science in Information Systems (M.S.I.S.) prepares students with both the domain knowledge and practical competencies to compete in the ever-changing technical landscape of information system business requirements, software design and management, data-oriented informatics and user experience design.

The Master of Science in Library & Informatics Science (M.S.L.I.S). the MSLIS program addresses the contexts in which librarians and other information professionals work, the systems and services they provide, and the uses of new and emerging technologies in the field. The M.S.L.I.S. is one of the country's oldest and longest continually accredited library and information science master's degree programs, established in 1892. In 2018, the program was granted Continued Accreditation Status until 2024.

The Master of Science in Software Engineering (M.S.S.E.) prepares students to become professional software engineers across a wide variety of industries and provides students with a blend of theory and practice to provide a solid understanding of the fundamentals of software systems as well as a working knowledge of the many languages, methods and systems used in the field.

CCI also offers graduate students the opportunity to pursue a dual master's degree among any of their graduate programs. The Master of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.) and the Master of Science in Information Systems (M.S.I.S.) dual program combines the focus of the M.S.L.I.S. program's concern with selecting, organizing, managing, and accessing information resources to meet user's information needs with the M.S.I.S. 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.

CCI also offers graduate minors in applied data science, computational data science, computer science and healthcare informatics. The minor in applied data science provides Drexel graduate students an interdisciplinary education in foundational and applied data science, where data science methods are used to help solve problems or gain insights. The minor in computational data science provides Drexel graduate students with a strong foundation in the emerging field of data science, with a focus on computational and systems issues. The minor in computer science allows Drexel students from all backgrounds to obtain fundamental computer science knowledge as well as an introduction to advanced topics in computer science that will be suitable for their own graduate studies. The minor in healthcare informatics provides a basic acquaintance with health informatics principles and practices for students pursuing careers in a wide variety of health-related professions.

Graduate Co-op is available for all graduate degree programs. Graduate Co-op enables graduate students to alternate class terms with a six-month period of hands-on experience, gaining access to employers in their chosen industries.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
(Postbaccalaureate Certificate)
(Post-Master's Certificate)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 187
Doctoral Degrees 15
Other Advanced Degrees 19

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

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline August 15th July 15th No
Spring deadline March 1st February 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL IBT score: 90
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 6.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 4.25%
Black or African American 6.37%
White or Caucasian 50%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6.18%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4.05%
Unknown 7.92%


Male (47%)
Female (52%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 51
Part-time - 22
Male (48)
Female (25)


Focus of faculty research: Computer science: theory of algorithms, graph theory, combinatorial optimization, computer vision; human-centered computing: social computing, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, information literacy; systems and software engineering: formal software design modeling and analysis, software economics, software evolution and modularity
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104-2875
United States
Contact Dr. Yi Deng
Phone: 215-895-2475
Fax: 215-895-2494