On-Campus Programs

Applications for all on-campus graduate programs for the 2021-22 Academic Year will be available here on September 14, 2020.

You can fill out our Inquiry Form to receive additional information about our programs.

Online Programs

The application for the Spring 2021 term opened on June 1, 2020. Please click here to begin your application. You can also fill out the MCIT Online Inquiry Form to receive information on this program.

Doctoral Program Deadlines

The application deadline for our Doctoral Programs is December 14, 2020; the application will be available beginning September 14, 2020.  You can fill out an inquiry form to receive additional information about our programs.

Master’s Program Deadlines

Applications for the 2021-22 Academic Year will become available here on September 14, 2020. Application deadlines and release dates are listed below.

 

Admission Contacts Assigned Graduate Programs
admissions1@seas.upenn.edu Bioengineering Electrical & Systems Engineering Integrated Product Design Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
admissions2@seas.upenn.edu Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Computer Graphics and Game Technology Computer and Information Science Computer and Information Technology (On-Campus) Data Science
admissions3@seas.upenn.edu Biotechnology Nanotechnology Robotics Scientific Computing
Programs Deadlines
Fall 2021 Admission: Application opens March 1, 2021

  • Early Admission Deadline – March 1, 2021
    • Decisions released – April 15, 2021
  • Regular Admission Deadline – May 1, 2021
    • Decisions released – June 16, 2021
Master’s Programs with Two Deadlines for the 2021-22 Application Cycle
Deadlines for Fall 2021 Admission:

  • Early – November 15, 2020*
    • Decisions released:
      • January 15, 2021
  • Regular – March 15, 2021
    • Decisions released on or before May 7, 2021

*Attendance is not binding for those admitted at the Early Deadline.

Master’s Programs with One Deadline for the 2021-22 Application Cycle

Deadline for Fall 2021 Admission:

  • February 1, 2021
    • Decisions released on or before May 7, 2021

*Integrated Product Design may release decisions after May 7

Criteria for Candidates

Applicants for Master’s and Doctoral programs must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited School or University prior to intended matriculation date. The degree programs must be a minimum of three years in length.

Application Requirements for On-Campus Programs

MCIT Online Applicants: for a list of application requirements, please see the MCIT Online website.

All below materials are required to be submitted by the specific application deadline:

  • Biographical information (part of the online application);
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement – we recommend the following guidelines for the personal statement:
    • No more than two pages in a readable font/size:
    • Use answers to the following questions to guide your writing; please provide detailed and specific examples from academia, industry or research when possible:
      • Why are you interested in this program?
      • What have you done that makes you a great candidate?
      • How will you benefit from the program?
      • How do you plan to contribute to the student community in SEAS while you’re here?
      • Why will you succeed in the program?
      • What will you do/accomplish once you have completed the program?
  • Two [2] official Letters of Recommendation – one must be from a faculty member who is familiar with the candidate’s scholarly abilities:
    • CIS PhD application requires three [3] Letters of Recommendation.
  • Unofficial Transcript – submitted with application:
    • One [1] transcript from each university or college attended where course credit was earned, to be uploaded and submitted with the online application. It is required to be in English.
  • $80 non-refundable application fee – This payment must be submitted with the online application.  If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, who identifies as an underrepresented minority (as defined here), a first-generation student, or a member of an engineering honor society like Tau Beta Pi, you may be eligible to receive an application fee waiver.  The waiver will be automatically applied upon submission of your graduate application.
  • GRE – official score report for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE):

Submitting your GRE scores is optional for most of our graduate programs (except for the three listed below) during this application cycle. If you are/were able to take the GRE exam and have valid scores to report, we encourage you to do so. If you are not able to take the GRE exam, we will evaluate your application holistically. Your candidacy will not be negatively impacted if you do not report GRE scores.

GRE scores are a mandatory application component for the following three Master’s programs: Biotechnology, Computer Graphics and Game Technology and Robotics.  If you believe you are eligible to receive a test waiver (so that you are NOT required to submit your GRE scores) for the Computer Graphics and Game Technology and the Robotics Master’s programs, please contact the program representatives below.

Computer Graphics and Game Technology Redian Furxhiu (Graduate Coordinator) redian@seas.upenn.edu
Robotics Colleen Kennedy (Graduate Coordinator) robo-coord@seas.upenn.edu
    • The institution code to use for the GRE exam is 2888.
    • Test results must be valid at time of application submission.
    • You must take the exam by the application deadline.
  • TOEFL/IELTS* – All international applicants and non-US Citizens/Permanent Resident applicants for whom English is not the native language must submit official scores for either the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)*.
    • The institution code for the TOEFL exam is 2888.
    • Test results must be valid at time of application submission.
    • You must take the exams by the application deadline.

During this admissions season, we will accept scores from at-home administration of the GRE and TOEFL exams.

  • TOEFL Score Recommendations – a minimum of 100 is recommended for all programs. There is not a required score.
  • IELTS Score Recommendations – a minimum of 7.5 is recommended for all programs. There is not a required score.
    • We do not currently accept electronic score results for the IELTS. Test results should be sent to:

University of Pennsylvania
SEAS Graduate Admissions
Levine North Building (GRW) Room 166B
3330 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
Attn: (Enter Your Admissions Contact’s Name)

*To have this requirement waived, the applicant must meet the following criteria by the time of matriculation:

  • Graduate from a program in the United States;
  • Attend school in a country in which English is recognized as the official language; or,
  • Graduate from an institution where the medium of instruction is English, and this is indicated on the unofficial transcript.

A waiver request does not need to be submitted by an applicant; the requirement will be waived after the application and necessary materials are submitted and reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Office and an applicant is found to meet one or more of the above criteria.

We do not have minimum required test scores or GPA. Averages can be found in some university publications, on some departmental websites and in media such as U.S. News & World Report and Peterson’s Guide.

Application materials, other than transcripts, may only be updated once after the application has been submitted. There is also no guarantee that updated materials will be reviewed, as the application is considered final upon submission. Please note that all application materials become property of the University of Pennsylvania and will not be returned. Remember to retain a personal copy of your application.

Official Transcripts

Note: If you are admitted to the MCIT Online program, you will be contacted separately with instructions on how to submit your official transcripts.

All official transcripts should only be sent to Penn Engineering if you have been admitted and have already submitted your enrollment form.

  • One [1] official transcript from each university or college attended where course credit was earned. This must be submitted by the issuing institution. It is required to be in English.
  • One [1] official final transcript, showing completion of the degree. You must also send a certificate of graduation, when the transcript does not list the degree earned. This must be submitted by the issuing institution. It is required to be in English.
  • We do not require transcript evaluation by WES or any other 3rd party evaluation company.
  • Current Penn Students and Penn Alumni that were enrolled beginning January of 2014 or after do not need to provide official transcripts. They will instead be uploaded from the University Registrar at no cost to the admitted student. Anyone that graduated or ended their enrollment prior to January 2014 must request an official transcript from the University Registrar and pay any applicable fees.

If the transcripts will be mailed, please have them sent to the following address:

University of Pennsylvania
SEAS Graduate Admissions
Levine North Building (GRW) Room 166B
3330 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
Attn: (Enter Your Admissions Contact’s Name)

If your institution uses electronic transcripts, your institution should send the electronic transcripts to the following administrators:

We encourage all applicants submitting transcripts from non-US-based institutions to use transcript evaluation and translation services (if the original transcript is not in English). To expedite the process of ordering documents, you may use the Certifile/College Net Document Service offered through our online application to obtain documents from Educational Perspectives. Applicants from Chinese institutions are encouraged to use the China Credential Service (CHESICC) service. After you complete the required sections of your application, you will have the option to order your official transcripts and evaluation documents for an additional fee. You can also order them from the application checklist after your application has been submitted. Official transcripts are only required if you have been admitted and choose to enroll.

Financial Aid Information

Please note that Penn Engineering does not provide master’s applicants with financial assistance. Please see the Paying For Your Education page for more information.

Admission Decisions

Applications are evaluated as a whole portfolio: we use your self-reported test scores, unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement and resume/cv for the application review process. Completed Master’s applications will be evaluated promptly by our faculty once each application cycle has ended. Admittance is based on an estimate of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete our graduate program and on the compatibility of student interests with our programs and research. Decisions are released on the advertised date unless otherwise noted; the applicant will be notified directly through the online application system. Admission decisions are not released before the deadlines, are not revealed over the telephone and are not sent by mail.