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  • Online Graduate Certificate in Library Studies

    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community-Based Librarianship

    The online Graduate Certificate in Community-Based Librarianship program at Drexel is geared toward civic engagement, diversity, and positive social justice outcomes. Developed in conjunction with the institute of Museum and Library Services, the 9-credit certificate includes courses on data analytics, community-based data and services, design thinking for community digital service, and a hands-on capstone project.

    Drexel’s online graduate certificate in library science focuses on community-based librarianship, providing in-depth knowledge of the use of libraries as centers for community support and engagement and advanced digital and services in libraries. The curriculum addresses today’s pressing challenges including information literacy, global competence, responsible citizenship, and creative and critical thinking.

    Program Features

    • Opportunities to network with fellow community members to co-develop programs and solutions
    • Open to professionals and para-professionals from any background
    • May serve as entry to MSI in Library & Information Science program
    • Focuses on community programming and outreach

    Priority Fellowship Deadline

    The Graduate Certificate in Community-Based Librarianship is supported in part by an IMLS grant. Students accepted for the Fall 2020 term can apply for funding through the IMLS Fellowship or CBL Fellowship. To be considered for either fellowship, you must submit your application and all supporting documents by July 1, 2020. Learn how to apply for the priority fellowship.

    Related Program

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    The Community-based Librarianship Certificate program is supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    Drexel's school year is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system). The expected duration of the certificate program is approximately nine months. To complete the certificate, you'll take 3 courses. Each course lasts for one, 10-week quarter. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses  
    INFO 546 Data Analytics for Community-Based Data and Service 3.0
    INFO 547 Design Thinking for Digital Community Service 3.0
    INFO 890 Capstone Project 3.0
    Total Credits   9.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelors or above
      • Provisional admission may be granted with work experience for those with a GPA below 3.0

    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
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)
    • Essay/Statement of Purpose
      • In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how Drexel's program facilitates that success, and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Computer Requirements

    You must have access to a computer that meets or exceeds the minimum configuration outlined in the College of Computing and Informatics's Computer and Technology Requirements Guide.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2021-2022 is $1355 per credit.

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates of up to 25% off are available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • 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.

    Funding Opportunities

    The Graduate Certificate in Community-Based Librarianship program is supported through funding opportunities. Find out if you're eligible for the IMLS Fellowship or CBL Fellowship.


    Academic Calendar

    2021-2022 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2021

    September 20, 2021

    December 4, 2021

    December 6, 2021

    December 11, 2021

    Winter 2022

    January 3, 2022

    March 12, 2022

    March 14, 2022

    March 19, 2022

    Spring 2022

    March 28, 2022

    June 4, 2022

    June 6, 2022

    June 11, 2022

    Summer 2022

    June 20, 2022

    August 27, 2022

    August 29, 2022

    September 3, 2022

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