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Graduate Application Requirements and Deadlines

In Drexel’s quarter-based academic calendar, terms last 10 weeks instead of the standard 15 in a semester system. Classes are accelerated to a real-world pace of learning and achieving.

Deadlines

Please view the tables below for graduate program application deadlines, for both domestic and international students. International students who are not able to obtain a visa for their initial admission term can defer enrollment up to 1 year.

Priority Scholarship Deadlines

For domestic and international applicants for in-person or online programs who wish to be considered for priority scholarships, please note the priority scholarship deadlines.

  • Spring 2023 Priority Scholarship Deadline for All Applicants: February 3, 2023
  • Fall 2023 Priority Scholarship Deadline for All Applicants: April 3, 2023

Program Terms & Deadlines: Domestic Students

Program Spring Term 2023 Fall Term 2023
MBA, Accelerated Full-Time N/A 09/06/23
MBA, Part-Time 03/03/23 09/06/23
MBA, Part-Time Online 03/03/23 09/06/23
MS in Business Analytics N/A 09/06/23
MS in Business Analytics Online 03/03/23 09/06/23
MS in Business Information Technology 03/03/23 09/06/23
MS in Business Information Technology Online 03/03/23 09/06/23
MS in Economics N/A 09/06/23
MS in Economics and Computer Science N/A 09/06/23
MS in Marketing N/A 09/06/23
MS in Sport Business Online 03/03/23 09/06/23

Program Terms & Deadlines: International Students

Program Spring Term 2023 Fall Term 2023
MBA, Accelerated Full-Time N/A 06/01/23
MS in Business Analytics N/A 06/01/23
MS in Business Information Technology N/A 06/01/23
MS in Economics N/A 06/01/23
MS in Economics and Computer Science N/A 06/01/23
MS in Marketing N/A 06/01/23

Please note: Spring 2023 starts on April 3rd, 2023 and is within the 2022-2023 academic year. Fall 2023 starts on September 25th, 2023 and is within the 2023-2024 academic year.

View the Drexel academic calendar

Admission Standards and Application Requirements

Please review the admission standards and requirements for applicants before submitting your application. International students, be sure to review the additional requirements below.

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Degrees earned abroad will be evaluated and must be deemed equivalent.

1. Completed Application 

Complete the online application and submit or mail the supplemental documents to the address listed below.

Apply: On-Campus Programs
Apply: Online Programs

2.  Application Fee

An application fee of $65 U.S. is required.  Application fees are waived if you attend a  virtual  open house or information session  or personal one-on-one prior to submitting an application.      

3. Transcripts

Transcripts from all institutions attended are required. To expedite the process, you can upload unofficial transcripts for each institution in the admissions portal or via email to enroll@drexel.edu. If you are accepted to LeBow, you will be required to submit official transcripts from all schools attended prior to the start of the first term.

4. Letter of Recommendation 

One letter of recommendation is required from either a professional or academic reference.

Applicant will enter reference contact information into the application system. A formal request will be generated to your recommender.

  • It’s important to let your recommender know they will be receiving the request through an auto-generated email.

If your recommender has already written the recommendation, they must formally submit it via email to enroll@drexel.edu on your behalf.

5. Standardized Test Scores 

GMAT or GRE scores are required for admission. The LeBow Admissions Committee prefers competitive scores on the GMAT and GRE. To inquire about your elegibility, please contact lebowgradenroll@drexel.edu.

GMAT/GRE Waiver Process: 

Refer to our  GMAT/GRE waiver policy  for more information. A waiver can be requested based off the criteria listed. To apply for a waiver, you can:

In addition to public testing centers, there are alternatives that can be completed at home: 

6. Professional CV/Resumé 

Applicants can upload their CV/resumé as part of their application or through the  Discover Drexel Portal. Your CV/resume should provide an overview of your current/previous work experience, including internship or co-op experience.

7. Essay 

 Applicants are required to submit a personal statement/essay that addresses the following areas:

  1. Future career goals
  2. How this graduate degree will allow you to grow professionally
  3. Why you are choosing Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business
  4. Anything additional about your personal or professional experiences that will support your growth in leadership, community and personal development

Suggested personal statement/essay length is one page, single spaced to two pages, double spaced (300 to 500 words)

Additional Information for International Applicants

Please take note of the additional items below that are required for our international student applicants. If you have questions, please contact the LeBow Graduate Office at lebowgradenroll@drexel.edu.

1. Visa 

Students need to obtain an F1 student visa or a J1 student exchange visa for all on-campus programs.

Visit International Students & Scholars Services Drexel graduate international students admissions information

2. Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts, including mark-sheets and degree certificates, from all colleges/universities attended are required. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the admissions portal or sent via email to enroll@drexel.edu.

Applicants may be required to provide a transcript evaluation should the Admissions Committee determine it is needed. Once accepted to LeBow, students must submit official transcripts, including mark-sheets and degree certificates, prior to the start of term. If your school issues only one transcript for life, you may send a notarized photocopy, bearing the seal on each page.

3.  English Proficiency Requirements 

Applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States are required to provide proof of English proficiency as part of their application. We offer a variety of options for candidates to meet this requirement. 

Duolingo 

  • The  Duolingo English Test  can be completed online, on-demand in under an hour.
  • The test must be taken on a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview and writing sample.
  • Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test.
  • Drexel LeBow looks for a minimum score of 115 for admissions consideration. 

TOEFL and IELTS Examinations 

  • The TOEFL and IELTS exams are graduate business school admission tests that provide proof of English proficiency for international applicants.
  • For admission consideration, Drexel LeBow looks for an overall minimum TOEFL score of 90 (with a 22 or higher in the Speaking and Listening section).

IELTS

Alternatively, an overall minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in Speaking and Listening) is accepted. 

  • The British Council is also offering the  IELTS Indicator exam, which can be completed on your personal computer in lieu of the IELTS exam.
  • Score requirements will remain the same. 
4. I-20/DS-2019  

International applicants must submit I-20/DS-2019 documents after admission and confirmation to the program. Visit Drexel’s International Students and Scholars Services to download the I-20 application. 

5. Applicant Residency Location

International graduate students who will continue to reside in their home country may enroll in any online program. International graduate students who plan on studying in the United States must be enrolled in a program with on-campus instruction to be eligible for a visa.

Application documents not uploaded can be mailed to:

Postal Mail
Drexel University
Application Processing
PO Box 34789
Philadelphia, PA 19101

By Express Courier
(DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.)
Drexel University
Application Processing
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2876

Connect with Us

Thank you for your interest in graduate programs at LeBow. Please contact us with any questions about the application process. We look forward to connecting with you.

Graduate Office

215.895.2115