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  • Online Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies

    Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies

    The online bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies at Drexel is designed to make earning a degree easier and more accessible for working professionals. This transfer credit-friendly program is perfect for those who have already earned credits from other universities, reducing time to completion and cost for a degree. To learn more, read answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the program.

    What is an Interdisciplinary Professional Studies Degree?

    Interdisciplinary Professional Studies programs provide more flexibility in completing the degree requirements. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Professional Studies program at Drexel gives you the opportunity to combine previously completed coursework with your professional interests to create customized specializations geared towards your dream career.

    How It Works

    Earning your BS in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies degree is closer than you think. Use your previous credits to shape the path to earning your degree. Learn more about Drexel’s transfer credit and assessment policies and procedures.

    Available Specializations

    • Business
    • Healthcare
    • Computing
    • Social Sciences
    • Law & Government
    • Natural Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Communication
    • Applied Arts
    • Education

    What Can You Do with an Interdisciplinary Professional Studies Degree?

    Depending on your specialization, you may pursue a career in a wide variety of fields. Common outcomes among graduates of Drexel’s online Interdisciplinary Professional Studies bachelor degree program include advancing in their current company or field, transitioning to a new career or field, and continuing to pursue a more specific graduate degree.

    Current positions of Interdisciplinary Professional Studies alumni include:

    • Assistant University Registrar
    • Bank Manager
    • Clinical Medical Assistant
    • General Manager
    • Library Tech Specialist
    • Mortgage Consultant
    • Paralegal
    • Pharmaceutical Consultant
    • Realtor
    • Senior Financial Consultant
    • Senior Project Manager
    • Vice President, Technology

    Drexel University offers Undergraduate Minors that can be added to any bachelor's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    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.

    You can transfer up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes.

    English and Speech  
    ENGL 101
    or ENGL 111

    Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
    or English Composition I

    ENGL 102
    or ENGL 112
    Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
    or English Composition II
    ENGL 103
    or ENGL 113
    Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
    English Composition III
    COM 230 Techniques of Speaking 3.0
    MATH 100 Fundamentals of Mathematics 3.0
    MATH 171 Introduction to Analysis A 3.0
    PRST 211

    Computer Applications for Professionals
    (or another computing course)

    Degree Completion  
    COOP 101 Career Management and Professional Development 1.0
    GSTD 200 Lifelong Learning Theory & Practice 3.0
    GSTD 491 Senior Project in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies 3.0
    Natural Science  
    Select 9.0 credits from the following: ANAT, BIO, CHEM, ENVR, FDSC, NFS, PHEV, PHYS. 9.0
    Liberal Studies  
    Select 36.0 credits from a range of humanities/social sciences subjects such as: anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, political science, philosophy, religion, literature, and fine arts (history or appreciated, not applied). 36.0
    Free Electives 62.0
    A free elective is any course the University offers that you are qualified to take and can help round out your academic and professional expertise.  
    The specialization is a set of courses built around a cohesive area of study in subjects such as business, client development & customer service, communication, or psychology. An academic advisor must pre-approve the specialization, which will not appear on your transcript. 45.0
    Total Credits 180.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college semester credits (36 quarter credits) with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution
      • GPA of 2.5 or above 
      • Not sure if you meet these requirements?
        Enroll in our Peirce-Drexel Pathway Program, and maximize your transfer credits at Peirce on your way to earning your online bachelor's at Drexel.
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution
      • Must have earned a high school diploma or GED
    • Non-Matriculated Option
      • Drexel University also offers a non-matriculated option, where you can take courses without being enrolled in a degree-granting program.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
      • Transfer Students
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • First-Year Students
        • Official high school transcripts
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
        • Personal Essay
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2023-2024 is $459 per credit. (A 52% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $956 per credit)

    The 52% tuition savings applies only to new students and cannot be combined with any other tuition benefits available through Drexel University.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • 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

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2023

    September 26, 2023

    December 9, 2023

    December 11, 2023

    December 16, 2023

    Winter 2024

    January 8, 2024

    March 16, 2024

    March 18, 2024

    March 23, 2024

    Spring 2024

    April 1, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    June 10, 2024

    June 15, 2024

    Summer 2024

    June 24, 2024

    August 31, 2024

    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024


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