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  • Advanced Certificate in Information Studies and Technology


    This independent study program provides specialized training beyond the master’s program. It's intended for librarians, software engineering, information systems professionals, and specialists in related fields who wish to update their education or develop new expertise.

    You'll work with a faculty advisor to design a practical program of study and also complete an independent project which integrates studies, field experiences, individual reading, and work experience. While providing a wide range of professional opportunities, the online Advanced Certificate in Information Studies and Technology program is not researched-oriented, nor intended to provide credits that can be applied toward doctoral studies.

    Program Features

    • Strong technological background and a focus on teaching career skills in all the aspects of information management
    • Taught by the distinguished faculty of the College of Computing and Informatics
    • The MSLIS program is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA)
    • Highly interactive, online learning methods designed to challenge and engage, while remaining convenient for working professionals

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    The program consists of 8 courses that must be completed within three calendar years. This individualized plan may require coursework found in other Drexel departments or other universities. At least 4 courses must be chosen from Information Science and Technology courses. The eighth course is designed to be an independent study project, which integrates studies, field experiences, individual reading, and work experience.

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Admissions Criteria

    • A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in an area such as library science, computer or information science, information systems, instructional technology, or software engineering that has prepared you for advanced study in your chosen area of specialization

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official final transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Essay/Statement of Purpose 
      • In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you. 
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1192 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

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