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Graduate Application Requirements

The Drexel LeBow College of Business runs on a quarter-based academic calendar, terms last 10 weeks instead of the 15 in a semester system. Classes are accelerated to a real-world pace of learning and achieving.

Application Requirements

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

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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 supplemental documents.

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2.  Application Fee

An application fee of $65 U.S. is required.  Application fees are waived if you attend one of the following events, 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 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 on your behalf.

5. Professional CV/Resumé 

Applicants can upload their CV/resumé as part of their application or through the  Applicant Portal. If unable to submit through the portal applicants can email their CV/resume

6. 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)

7. Interview

Applicants to the Accelerated Full-Time MBA program may be selected for an interview round as a part of the application process. Applicants selected for the interview round will be notified via email. Additional programs may request an interview for admission as needed.

GMAT or GRE test scores are not required for LeBow College of Business graduate admissions. However, applicants who have completed or will be completing the GMAT or GRE are encouraged to submit their test scores to be considered for additional merit scholarship opportunities. Sharing of test scores is also recommended for those who may have minimal quantitative or analytical experience, to help showcase quantitative aptitude.

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

1. Visa 

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

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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

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. 


  • 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).


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. 

Waiver Request

If you earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized English-speaking country or have worked full time in the U.S. for five or more years, consult with your admissions advisor to see if your English proficiency requirement may be waived. Additional English proficiency waiver eligibility options are listed on the application.

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

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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.

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