College of Engineering at Drexel University
Why you should consider this program
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University is a great place to earn your master’s degree in engineering! Drexel is committed to becoming “the most civically engaged university in the United States,” according to President John A. Fry. In 2009, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities named Drexel one of the top 10 institutions for community service in its report, “Saviors of Our Cities: Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships.”
The College of Engineering is able to provide an excellent opportunity for returning Peace Corps volunteers to increase their skills and knowledge in over 14 different technical areas. Returning Peace Corps volunteers bring a wealth of experience and a real understanding of the global challenges faced by engineers today. Drexel University is located in an urban community that is rich in diversity where students can take advantage of our existing community partnerships and our graduate co-operative education option to satisfy the internship requirement for the Coverdell Fellows program. Some of our programs are especially well suited for a returning Peace Corps volunteer with a technical background such as the MS in Peace Engineering where students are able to apply their engineering skills to effect peace and conflict mitigation. The College of Engineering supports the mission of the Peace Corps and hopes to call ourselves home to many Coverdell Fellows in the future.
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 56,940||$ 14,235||$ 42,705|
|Out of state||$ 56,940||$ 14,235||$ 42,705|
Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from
Fellowships awarded per year (average)
3-5 per year
Other benefits or opportunities
Annual cost of living (estimated)
Application fee waived?Yes
Jobs for program alumni
Graduates from our Masters in Science programs earn specialized degrees in 14 disciplines in one of our seven engineering departments. A master’s degree prepares students for advanced positions in engineering that are technically focused and specialized. Some positions obtained by our Alumni with master’s degrees include:
- Chemical Engineering at Nike
- Sales team lead and Green Mountain Energy
- Environmental Science Officer at the Army National Guard
- Security Operational Analyst at Sony Corporation of America
- IT Risk Management and Ethical Hacker at Meditology Services
- Technology Analyst at Goldman Sachs
- Training Services Manager at The Boeing Company
- Senior Engineer at Pepco Holdings, Inc.
- Business Improvement Lead at Johnson & Johnson
- Program Manager at Microsoft
- Environmental Engineer at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Bioenvironmental Engineer at U.S. Air Force
- Research Scientist at NIST, INNL and LBNL
- Post-Doc at Harvard and University of Indiana at Urbana-Champaign
- Mechanical Designer at Stantec
18Months/5 quarters for fulltime MS programs (no coop). 21 Months/6 quarters for fulltime MS programs (with coop)
- Online application
Resume or CV
Letter(s) of Recommendation
An official transcript, verified
In advance of the student starting their online application it is strongly suggested that the applicant contact the program coordinator to let them know that they are interested in applying to the program as a Coverdell Fellow. This will allow the coordinator to work with the enrollment management team member to monitor the application and to be sure the application fee is waived. As part of the online application process the student will be asked to check the Coverdell Fellows box in the application. By checking that box they will be granted a fee waiver and enrollment management will be notified of their application and will work with the program coordinator to monitor the application. Coverdell Fellow applicants will be evaluated and selected using the same admission criteria into the Master degree program to which they are applying. Application criteria and deadlines can be found online at: http://drexel.edu/grad/programs/coe/. Once an admission decision is made, the applicant will be notified about their acceptance into the degree program and that they have been awarded the Coverdell Fellowship. This notification will include financial information that highlights their tuition discount and any other benefits of the Coverdell Fellowship program.
Mid-September for most programs.
To qualify for the Coverdell Fellowship students must be enrolled full-time in one of the face-to-face MS programs listed above. Students are permitted to take a maximum of one class per quarter online. Students in some degree programs may be eligible to participate in the graduate Coop program.
Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started