• Graduate Minors

    Graduate minors offer the perfect opportunity to enrich your chosen master's degree with supplemental knowledge and skills. They typically consist of 3-4 courses which may be related to or outside your main program of study, and are chosen with the aid of your academic advisor upon admission. Some minors have additional prerequisites to entry. Learn more.

     


    Arts and Sciences

    Communication
    Provides a foundation in communication theory and an overview of the field of professional communication. Students can focus on any of our concentrations – Public Communication, Technical Communication, or Science and Health Communication – as they develop their professional communication skills with an emphasis on ethics and theory-driven practice.


    Business

    Business Analytics
    Develop your skills in addressing complex business problems, including the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches to characterize analytics problems and identify and implement solutions. You will gain the ability to communicate and lead in ways that promote effective approaches for managing business analytics.

    Finance
    Provides an in-depth understanding of how businesses raise and invest capital. You'll develop and apply quantitative decision-making skills while studying basic concepts, principles, and analytical techniques in various areas of finance environment.


    Computing and Informatics

    Applied Data Science
    Learn to identify and apply appropriate methods that address data-intensive problems and interpret and communicate the output of statistical and algorithmic methods. You will learn how to work and communicate in team settings that cross disciplinary lines.

    Computational Data Science
    Improve your ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based data analysis system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs. Apply the skills you learn directly to your career, to successfully analyze a problem and identify and define the data analysis, computing and resulting presentation requirements appropriate to its solution.

    Computer Science
    Provides those from all backgrounds with fundamental computer science knowledge, as well as an introduction to advanced topics in the field. Learn to use, understand, and build software systems within any discipline.

    Healthcare Informatics
    Provides healthcare informatics principles and practices applicable in a wide variety of health professions. Learn to generate data, information and knowledge, and implement, adapt, and validate healthcare problem solving through informatics.


    Education

    Creativity & Innovation
    Creativity is the ability to generate novel ideas. Innovation is the means to implement them. We believe that everyone is creative. Our online courses in Creativity and Innovation help you become aware of your innate creativity and implement creative thinking in the corporate or educational workplace. You'll learn to address complex situations and foster creative environments in a variety of settings.

    Global and International Education
    International education is a growing field of study in which global social change and education go hand in hand. Courses in Global and International Education take an in-depth look at education’s role in economic, political, and socio-cultural development; international educational exchange; and the internationalization of education. The program builds knowledge about education’s role in societies around the world and an appreciation for how education professionals can be integral to fulfilling that role.

    Higher Education
    The field of higher education offers many opportunities for professionals with exceptional leadership skills and expertise. You'll gain practical skills, knowledge, and experience to become professionals and leaders in higher education institutions, national and international associations and organizations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations.


    Engineering

    Project Management
    Provides the business, communication, global, and leadership skills essential to meeting the needs of businesses and organizations in today’s project-driven environment.


    Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Provides the initiative, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills needed to launch a new venture or enhance innovation within your current company.


    Nursing

    Addictions Counseling
    Designed to provide you with the ability to apply evidence-based practices to meet the needs of an ever-growing population of people experiencing drug and alcohol use disorders as well as behavioral (process) addictions. Upon completion of the graduate minor courses, you will have the opportunity to take two additional courses that will earn you a Certificate in Substance Use Disorder Treatment.

    Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care
    With a mind-body-spirit approach to end-of-life care, the Advanced Study in Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care develops your mastery in providing compassionate spiritual care to patients and their families. The use of Complementary and Integrative Therapies (CIT) to end-of-life care is driven by the principle of patient-centered care that eliminates unnecessary hospital re-admission and costly medical treatments, while alleviating pain and suffering.

    Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder
    While preparing nurses to understand and deliver lifelong care to people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), these courses will provide opportunities to specialize in either adult or pediatric ASD nursing care. You'll learn how to integrate core ASD characteristics and features with nursing care and train to serve patients in a variety of service settings.

    Integrative Addiction Therapies
    Prepares healthcare professionals to treat patients suffering from substance use disorders within the evidence-based, holistic spectrum by healing the body, mind, and spirit, and combining neuronutritional treatment with other facets (bio, psycho, social, spiritual, economic), including counseling and education to support lifestyle change. You'll learn to integrate evidence-based complementary and integrative therapies (CIT) such as nutritional neuroscience, neurofeedback, meditation, auricular acupuncture, and Qigong bioenergy therapies within the framework of conventional healthcare.

    Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction
    Upon completion, you'll be able to develop, deliver and evaluate online and hybrid courses in higher education within your discipline, applying the concepts of neuroscience, cognition, and learning theory to online and hybrid environments based on evidence-based research and real-world practice.

    Nursing Education
    Focusing on the knowledge and skills required for healthcare provider education roles, the Nursing Education curriculum is designed for nurses who want to acquire an understanding of the foundational principles necessary for teaching in various settings: classroom, clinical and college laboratories, hospitals, and health care agencies.

    Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management
    Designed to help you understand and prepare for changes in the healthcare system by teaching leadership skills with a sense of stewardship. You’ll examine the role of organizational leaders in building and leading high performance teams for maximum effectiveness.

    Quality, Safety, & Risk Management in Healthcare
    Developed to provide healthcare professionals with the skills to contribute to organizational efforts that evaluate and monitor quality metrics, improve safety for both patients and staff, and manage risks in a dynamic health care environment.

    Service to Veterans
    About 2/3 of our veterans are not receiving medical care at the Veterans Administration Health System. Most are receiving healthcare in our civilian medical systems, and these veterans have special needs that are currently unmet. The Service to Veterans curriculum is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and specialized skills to properly identify, refer, and advocate for veterans, while providing high-quality care that meets the many unique medical needs of this patient population.

    Sexual Health and Wellness
    Prepares you with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to provide comprehensive and sensitive sexual healthcare to patients and their partners. You'll be able to discuss a wide range of patient sexual health issues, promote sexual wellness, diagnose and treat sexual problems, and provide patient education on various sexual health topics.

    Women’s Integrative Health
    Provides a model of care that is most compatible and reflective of women’s emotional and psychological needs in the healthcare relationship, while preparing you to incorporate an innovative, caring, and holistic spectrum of treatment. You’ll learn to integrate evidence-based complementary and integrative therapies such as phytomedicine, nutrition, mind/body, and energy therapy modalities within the framework of conventional healthcare practice.


    Professional Studies

    Professional Studies
    Learn the highly valued interpersonal skills needed to collaborate, negotiate, and lead effectively in today’s workplace through a blend of quantitative and qualitative courses. This graduate minor will equip you with demonstrable skills such as communication, leadership, critical inquiry, and ethics.


    Public Health

    Global Health
    This minor provides insights into ethical and human rights concerns in global health, the global burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases, the impact of diseases related to international travel and migration, the causes and control of global epidemics, and the social and environmental determinants of health in developing countries. Examination of health determinants will include consideration of social, political, economic, environmental, and gender-related factors. You'll explore tools to assess health in global settings; health improvement strategies that are cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable; and approaches to working with colleagues from different ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds. You'll also gain an appreciation of the complexity of global health governance, including the roles of international organizations, the commercial/corporate sector, and civil society.

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health
    This minor examines methodologic and ethical considerations in studying the health of LGBT populations, with a focus on the intersection of social identity and inequality in shaping health disparities based on ethnicity, sexual orientation, and sex/gender. You'll learn to investigate LGBT health using multiple disciplinary perspectives, conceptual frameworks and methods. You'll also gain understanding of how sexual and gender minority populations are socially constructed and the complex relationship between these constructs and health, including how sexual and gender minority identities fit within a larger framework of social identities. You'll learn the importance of involving community members in the development of health policy and research. The LGBT Health minor provides basic knowledge about LGBT health as well as the necessary skills and experience to apply this knowledge in practice.


    Sport

    Athletic Administration
    Designed to meet the demands for strong and informed leadership in athletic departments at the K-12 and college and university levels, this minor focuses on the growing depth and breadth of the industry including legal and ethical considerations, the need for external funding sources, and the major issues that confront sport domestically and globally.

    Sport Management
    Demonstrates core sport business concepts within the industry–sport law, sport economics, sport marketing, and sport media. Courses complement graduate studies in business administration, business analytics, communications, and media studies, so professionals may administer skills to solve practical problems in sport industry, through a business-focused lens. Graduates develop the ability to plan, design, implement, evaluate and recommend solutions in a sport management setting.


    Graduate Minors - FAQ

    What is a graduate minor?

    • A graduate minor is a set of interrelated graduate courses outside of your major graduate program that provides additional professional expertise.
    • Graduate minors align with Drexel's collaborative and interdisciplinary spirit. This distinctive initiative offers the perfect opportunity to enrich your chosen field of study with supplemental knowledge and skills.

    Can I take any graduate minor? Even if not directly related to my program?

    • The disciplinary area of the minor may be fully outside the major program or may be related to, but not completely overlapping, the major program.
    • Entry into a minor is generally limited to those who have demonstrated the required prerequisite knowledge for the coursework.

    How many credit hours are needed to earn a minor?

    • A graduate minor shall comprise at least four quarter term (or three semester term) courses and at least twelve quarter (or nine semester) credit hours of coursework.
    • No more than two required quarter term courses (or one semester term course) from your major graduate program may be used to fulfill the requirements for the minor.
    • The remaining credits to fulfill the minor requirements may be taken as electives within the major program or in addition to courses required for the major program.

    Can I have more than one minor?

    • You are limited to enrollment in one minor.

    Will the minor appear on my transcript?

    • The completion of a minor is represented on the transcript along with a major program as a demonstration of additional professional expertise acquired.

    How do I enroll in a minor?

    • You do not need to apply to a minor during the application process to Drexel University.
    • When seeking a masters or doctoral degree, you may enroll in a minor with the approval your major program academic advisor and the approval of the respective minor program academic advisor.
    • It is highly recommended that enrollment occur early in your tenure in the major program so that your program of study can be optimally planned.