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Frequently Asked Questions
for Prospective Graduate Students

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What are the GRE or TEOFL requirements for my graduate application?

While the general requirements are 700 (GRE, math), 500 (GRE, verbal) and 100 (TEOFL), special consideration will be given to applicants with exceptional records of academic excellence and research experiences.

What are Drexel's options for graduate student housing?
Drexel now provides graduate housing.  You can get more information here.

How do I have my recommendation letters submitted?
You can submit your recommenders’ contact information through the following link to have your recommenders submit an online letter of recommendation. Recommendations will also be accepted by email directly from the recommender to Jennifer D’Emilio in Graduate Admissions or by mail.

How do I submit my essay?
Applicants’ essay can be submitted electronically here.  However, most applicants like to submit their essay and resume together and can be mailed or e-mailed directly to Jennifer D’Emilio in Graduate Admissions.

I have an undergraduate degree in a field other than materials science and engineering. Can I be considered for admission into your graduate program?
Students who have degrees in other science, engineering, or math disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Do you have Teaching Assistantships (TAs)?
The department has a limited number of TA slots, but these are not allocated to incoming students.  TA positions are reserved for second and later year students.

Can I enroll in a part-time M.S. or a part-time Ph.D. program?
Self-supporting or externally supported part-time M.S. and Ph.D. students may be considered for admission.  Part-time Ph.D. students, however, must maintain at least one year of full-time residency at Drexel during the course of their studies.

What does a typical research assistantship provide?
For full-time students, a research assistantship typically provides a stipend of a minimum of $1800 per month, tuition remission, desk space, and health insurance.  Additional resources, including computers and allowance for travel, are at the discretion of the faculty advisor as dictated by the research.

How can I find out if my application is complete?
To check on the status of your application, contact Graduate Admissions at enroll@drexel.edu or Ellen Yong.  Applicants should be advised that the processing of applications from Graduate Admissions to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering can involve an additional one to two weeks.

I am an international student. What type of visa should I obtain and how should I get more information about what I need for the visa process?
Drexel’s International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) can assist you with any questions you have about the visa process.

Do you have a minimum GPA, GRE, and/or TOEFL score?
Each application is considered on its own merits.  While these factors are important predictors of success in our graduate program, evidence of experience and aptitude for research and articulated interest in one or more applicable areas of research at Drexel MSE are taken into account when applications are reviewed.

Does the department provide assistantships for master’s students?
The department does not typically provide funding for master’s students.

I have applied to Drexel’s MSE Ph.D. program. When can I expect to receive a decision on my application?
Evaluations are made on a rolling basis.  Applicants who have filed complete applications can be expected to receive a decision from Graduate Admissions on her or his application on or around April 1st.

How are applicants selected for your graduate program? What are my chances for admission into your Ph.D. program?
Competition for graduate research assistantships is very high.  Drexel MSE annually receives more than 200 applications for study in its Ph.D. program.  Fewer than 10% of applicants to our Ph.D. program are accepted with research assistantship support.  Factors in the selection include, but are not limited to GPA, GRE, TOEFL scores (if applicable), evidence of experience and/or aptitude for excellence in research in material science and engineering and/or a physical science or other engineering field, stated specific research interest(s), and availability of funding support.

What is the deadline for applications for your graduate program? By when should I apply to be considered for an assistantship?
Applicants should ensure that all application materials have been submitted and forwarded to Graduate Admissions no later than February 15th for full consideration.  After February 15th, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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Last updated Friday, April 9, 2010